Monday, March 2, 2015

Chaos Station by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

Title: Chaos Station
Author: Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
My Rating: A

Genre: Sci Fi Romance (m/m)
Series: Chaos Station #1
Main Characters: Zan and Felix
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:

You’re not real. Felix Ingesson is dead.”


The war with the alien stin is over, but Felix Ingesson has given up on seeing his lover, Zander Anatolius, ever again. Zander’s military file is sealed tighter than an airlock. A former prisoner of war, Felix is attempting a much quieter life keeping his ship, the Chaos, aloft. He almost succeeds, until Zander walks on board and insists that Felix isn’t real.

A retired, broken super soldier, Zander is reeling from the aftereffects of his experimental training and wants nothing more than to disappear and wait for insanity to claim him. Then he sees footage of a friend and ally—a super soldier like him—murdering an entire security squad with her bare hands and a cold, dead look in her eyes. He never expected to find Felix, the man he’d thought dead for years, on the ship he hired to track her down.

Working with Felix to rescue his teammate is a dream come true…and a nightmare. Zander has no exit strategy that will leave Felix unscathed—or his own heart unbroken.

My Review:
I don't read sci fi romance very often, so I forget just how much I enjoy it. This was a really great combined some of my favorite things...male/male romance, friends to lovers, military romance, and sci fi romance. 

In this story the two heroes haven't seen one another in 9 years...mainly because Zan thought Felix was dead and then he went deep, deep undercover into black ops and never heard that Felix's status had been changed. In this world, which is about 240 years into the future, humans have been at war. The war ended because of Zan and his team, so they are heroes in the system. What the public doesn't know is that this team of 12 soldiers have been modified to be super-soldiers, but that's left them with some horrific side effects. 

Felix has his own horror stories from his time as a soldier that resulted in him as a POW for 4 years. Although this book didn't delve too much into that aspect of Felix, I have a feeling it will play heavier in future books. 

I'm an angst loving reader and this book has lots of angst in that both the heroes are so mentally and physically wounded. Throughout the entire book, my heart just hurt for both of them and watching them suffer through the pain of wanting to reach out to what they used to have...but so much has changed for both of them. It's painful, but makes the suspense of when they get together that much better. Anticipation is a good thing.

And I love the whole world and the creativity used in it as well as the cast of characters that man the Chaos ship. There's a side romance brewing between the ship's captain and the doctor. And then there's an alien who assists Felix in engineering who is just so sweet and innocent, but provides a great vision of the reality of the events. It all makes for a good read. I'm also VERY interested to see more of Zan's family. I'm intrigued.

This story is very much in the action adventure genre and the two men finding their way back to one another. While they were in love, they were friends first and I really liked the way the authors wrote their relationship. The sex is secondary. To these two guys, their friendship and relationship and the fact that the other is alive and well is so much more important than the romance. In fact, it feels like there's very little romance in the story although it's VERY obvious that the two guys love each other deeply. I loved that realism. So many times in the romance genre, the romance is the first and foremost, no matter how unrealistic that would be in the real with the circumstances happening around the characters. Everything for these two guys is up in the air. They are truly living hour by hour so there is no romance. Love...yes. Sex...yes. Friendship and  eventually a strong relationship...OMG, yes (so beautifully done). But the authors never came close to that unrealistic place by writing romance where it wouldn't normally happen besides in a romance novel. Bravo to Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen for that. 

BUT with that being said...this is a five series book. I'm looking forward to a bit more romance between the two men in the future. And I cannot wait for more. This book was so good, riveting, and I didn't want to put it down as I devoured it. This series is definitely on my auto-buy list.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Vanessa Romano said...

I'm thinking this will be a mixed couple series. It looks like the next couple is gonna be a mf, but I haven't seen anything on who gets the next book.

It was a great read.