Title: Lonely Shore
Author: Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
My Rating: A+
Genre: Sci Fi Romance (m/m)
Series: Chaos Station #2
Main Characters: Zed and Felix
Release Date: May 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot
All they can do is live day to day...
Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos's engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. Hope means something again. But there's nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander's veins, or his imminent mental decline. With each passing day, the side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore.
When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge—including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos’s crew—Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms, nor does he want to. But hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare—when it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. Even if that means trusting the unknown.
As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. And though he tries to be strong, he can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander…forever this time.
When a book moves me to tears, that's always a sign that it's a really good book. And while I do cry every once in a while in books, there are only a handful that I can say reduced me to a sobbing, ugly crying mess. This is one of those books.
This is the second book in a series of five. The first book was, Chaos Station. While I think you could read these books as stand-alones, I don't think you should. The series follows the lives of one couple...Zed and Felix. Both of these guys are very broken characters. They were lovers 9 years before, but then the war separated them and Zed thought Felix had died. He states it very clearly in this book...he lost his heart at that point. *sob* But now they've found their way back to one another and have a second chance, EXCEPT...
While as a soldier, Zed agreed to a last ditch experimental technique to turn him to a super-soldier. Humans were about to lose the war, so he and his team did what they had to and saved humanity from the evil Stin. But now that Stin poison is killing him. His brain is slowly deteriorating and he's literally dying. But it's a slow thing and so freaking painful...for him, for Felix, and for the crew which are all watching him deteriorate...entirely too quickly.
This book is so painful. These two guys have lost out on the last NINE years together. To have this debilitating blow so soon after finding one another is soul-crushing. It's so not fair. And the thing is Zed isn't sick. He just disappears becoming virtually catatonic for longer and longer periods, which is then followed by a horrible migraine. I can't imagine anything more painful than watching your lover decline like this.
There is a continuing sub-story with the Agrius cartel that began in the first book, but that story definitely is just playing out in the background as the crew focus on Zed's issues.
Huge, HUGE kudos to these two authors for the writing in this book. It was brilliant the way they showed both Zed and Felix's pain and trauma over it all. Everything about the book is so real and you are right there with the characters going through their emotional trauma with them. I definitely felt like I'd gone through the wringer after I finished reading it. A book hangover is guaranteed with this one.
And the emotions don't stop with just Zed and Felix. The Chaos space ship carries a crew of five and they are all amazing characters. I continue to adore Qek and her really interesting and creative alien culture. I also continue to be fascinated by Zed's brother Brennan....I want more of him on the page...SOON!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Note...here is the list of other books that have left me a sobbing mess:
1. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
2. Night Blade by J.C. Daniels
3. This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
4. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
And now this one...
5. Lonely Shore by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen