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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: Ricochet

Title: Ricochet
Author: Sandra Sookoo
Page Count: 450 KB (Kindle format)
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: science fiction romance
Copy for review obtained via Goddess Fish Promotions in anticipation of an honest review

Synopsis:

They’re in it to win it—or die trying.
Willa Rayes, only daughter of a legendary Lingorian fighter pilot, can fly any ship in the galaxy. Better than her brothers, in fact. But does that get her any respect? Not as long as she has breasts. Winning the Nebulon Trike will not only force her family to notice her, it’ll be her declaration of independence from men in general.

Then she meets her race partner, Stratton Sinnet. Arrogant and chauvinistic, he ignites her libido like no man ever before. And threatens to send her well-planned strategy straight to hell.
A bounty hunter by trade, Sin enters the Trike for one reason: money. Somewhere among the racers his quarry is hiding, but he’s not worried. He always gets his man, and winning the race will be a nice bonus. It sure would be a hell of a lot easier, though, if he wasn’t saddled with a know-it-all navigator who’s getting on his last nerve—and under his skin.

As the checkpoints go by and the danger escalates, the fight for control, the lead—and satisfaction—approaches supernova heat. Burning away their resistance, and the tough shells that protect their one vulnerability…their hearts.

Warning: This story contains a hot, bald bounty hunter whose sex appeal rivals his cockiness; a smart-mouthed pilot who refuses to let a mere male beat her in anything; and love scenes that’ll make you'll think a star exploded. Dramamine recommended to counteract the effects of fancy flying.
*****

What a fun story!  I love when romance and science fiction collide, and this is definitely a great story. The settings are fantastic, the characters are snarky and engaging and real, and the conflict is big enough that it fits the huge backdrop of a space race.  I read the story in one sitting and was satisfied at the end of it.

As a couple, Sin and Rayes are volatile- they know exactly how to annoy the crap out of each other but are still fiercely attracted at the same time.  Sin is used to discarding people very quickly so that nobody ever figures out just how lonely he is, and Rayes has spent her whole life trying to impress her family, and wouldn't recognize genuine admiration and praise if it jumped up and bit her on the nose.  This makes the cramped quarters of a space ship very tense indeed, and the banter between these two was excellent- lots of quotable quotes.

The element of the space race and the hunt for Sin's bounty are well balanced with the drama between the two main characters, and I was interested to see how they would work out each challenge that came up in the story without killing each other in the process.  I also enjoyed the end of the story, and I felt that the resolution of all of their issues was believable, which is always important.  I mean, being mature and having emotions and stuff takes time, right? Right.

If you're looking for a fun science fiction romance with plenty of action, this is a good bet!  Plus, the author, Sandra Sookoo, will be stopping by tomorrow with a great giveaway!

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