Title: Lucky Strike
Author: Jane Davitt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 202 Pages
At a Glance: Lucky Strike was a book I’ll probably go back to read again and again.
Reviewed By: Taz
Blurb: Death’s a heartbeat away, but love is even closer.
Flying a traveler to Leap celebrations on the luxury planet Crestal is no problem for intrepid partners Jake and Rill, even if they have to navigate a deadly meteor shower to get there. But their fresh-faced, privileged passenger is carrying more than Leap gifts: Lian has a message to deliver, treachery and murder to avenge, and a killer close on his heels.
Lian thought he was ready for independence from his overbearing extended family, but his first solo trip off-planet has landed him in a nightmare of deadly intrigue. Though he’s devastated by betrayal, and no longer able to tell friend from foe, he’s fascinated by the gruff pilot and scorchingly handsome first mate who’ve become his reluctant rescuers.
With a dazzling fortune at stake and the fate of the United Protectorate of Planets in their hands, there’s no time for the three men to fall in love. But with their future measured in hours, crew and passenger may have just enough time to discover that three can become one, and that together they are strong enough to beat any odds.
Review: What a fantastic book. From the opening scene to the end, the action remained riveting. This is the first book I’ve read by Jane Davitt, and it certainly won’t be the last.
The ingredients for success were woven together beautifully in this sci-fi romance. The world was so vivid and detailed that I didn’t feel like I had to spend a chapter or two getting to learn the lay of the land. Nope. Immediately immersed and kept there throughout the duration of the journey. Language was used with purpose and finesse. Each emotion and thought portrayed through action. Each comment tagged with behaviors revealing how the characters feel, and deepening their richness. The relationship between the characters evolved throughout…steady, believable, and sexy. And the plot just kept on going. Intense, but not in a shortness of breath sort of way, but more of a nail-biting experience where you just have to keep reading to see how they get themselves out of trouble. And once they do, they land in more trouble and once again, you can’t stop reading.
I find that I’m a critical reader of sci-fi. I love it so much that I’m easily disappointed if the author doesn’t craft a story that attends to the world with fastidious care. No disappointments here. I also find ménage stories are hit or miss for me, always feeling like one of the triad are less part of the whole, but in this story the author has created three distinct protagonists, each with his own personality (strengths admirable and flaws endearing). They work together and I couldn’t imagine them apart.
Ms. Davitt is truly a joy to read and Lucky Strike was a book I’ll probably go back to read again and again for the story, and to improve my own craft.
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