Friday, April 8, 2016

Star Cruise: Marooned by Veronica Scott [Review]

 Star Cruise: Marooned by Veronica Scott
Star Cruise: Marooned (Sectors SF #4) by Veronica Scott
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: January 21, 2016

Sectors SF
1. Wreck of the Nebula Dream
2. Escape from Zulaire
3. Mission to Mahjundar
4. Star Cruise: Marooned - Paperback | Kindle

Veronica Scott
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?
Thoughts on Star Cruise: Marooned: I really like the tone of this book overall and how it deepened our understanding of the enemy advancements into the so-called secure sectors, but... the ending felt very abrupt. Which isn't to say everything wasn't tied up, because it was. I think I just wanted more. A little more resolution, maybe? I don't know. More sexy times with Meg and Red, maybe.

Anyway. This time around we're given a secluded paradise that turns bad in a heartbeat. Meg is levelheaded and keeps her wits in even the tensest situation and Red is a former SF soldier so he can handle pretty much anything thrown at them. Pretty much. Together, they're a solid team who happen to throw off some serious sparks.

I've really enjoyed this series as a whole and while I do wish there was a little more to the ending on this particular book, I liked the romance and the danger Meg and Red were put in. The glimpses we got of other races (Mellurean prophecies are all the things, aren't they?) reminded me of book 1 and I LIKED that.

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