Neena Jaydon Î 4 eviewEnough stars in space so where can I get one to add a sixth star hereAdmittedly I had trouble getting into the story with all the gadgetsgizmos and many characters introduced but it turned out to be my first favorite book in 2012A SciFi novel of all things this is a contradiction if there ever was oneso not my prefered genrePerhaps I will write a bit about the story and the two men I fell in love with laterbut for now I must come back from space and ecover from the shock firstVery good and insightful Reduced review from MandyM here The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself than himChinese proverb The plotTwo enemies in an alien hostile planet Commander Seventh Rank Villam EldingSevere proud of his mission in The Imperial Majesty spaceship fleet He is a man with no fears noegrets and endless courageIttuluke tyv scinik a Sigliuka monk a life to pray and in a mission to his people salvation He despise all imperial goats as he call them for their blind love for the oppressive monarchyCan the proud imperial soldier find his weakness Can the confused and an Reviewed on Hearts on Fire Villam Elding is totally devoted to the Imperial Empress He s following the Double Betrayal rules and uickly climbing the chain of command Ittuluke is a monk totally devoted to the harsh goddess Akuna Taught that emotions are frivolous he will take the occasional side job to send money back to his native desert world of Siglidunn When these two very different and idealistic men come head to head on a kidnapping mission gone wrong and being deserted on an empty planet they can either kill each other or fall in love I enjoyed this debut novel and the huge disparity between these two powerful men so lost and alone together Villam has never known anything but the military and nevereally took the time to get into a serious elationship Luke has always elied on himself and lived under the The Magistrates' Court: An Introduction (Fifth Edition) repressive laws learned in the monastery that crippled him emotionally I found the slow build up of first trust then friendship and finally love to be wonderfully penned The story never lagged or got confusing and the sub plot of Kardiell s ferreting out just who had Villam eliminated wound perfectly around the main story taking place on the planet The onlyeal problem that I found with this story was the total lack of passion in the sex scenes even after Luke and Villam gave everything up for each other This may have been intentional on Ms Jaydon s part or she may just need to polish up her sex scenes This is an author to watch for in the future as she matures as a writer I suggest that any fan of sci fi pick this book up and get lost in the universe 45 stars Really absorbing ScifiAdventure Romance of the MM variety The story is about Villam a newly promoted Commander in the Imperial Forces Villam is strong idealistic and very loyal to his Imperial ulers He has lived the military lifestyle since childhood and his whole sense of self stems from his training and his esponsibilities Unbeknownst to Villam he has an enemy who is envious of his advancement and is plotting to bring him and his superior officer downLuke has been brought up by a Nomadische Lebenswelten Und Zarische Politik: Der Aufstand In Zentralasien 1916 rebel order of monks who live an asceticepressed existence They are a small group making money through terrorist acts to support the people of their home planet Siglidunn which has been abandoned by the Empire Luke is hired to kidnap Villam while he is on a transport shuttle but the plans go awry and they end up crashing on an uninhabited planet with no other survivors and no chance of The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin rescue Facing the incredible dangers and beauty of this new planet forces the two very different men to get to know each other and bonds of friendship and attraction grow The author has created an excellent balance between the Scifi and the Romance elements of the story Each aspect is beautifully explored Villam and Lukeeally grow and develop as characters There s plenty of UST and The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity resistance especially on Luke s part as the intimacy between them breaks everyule he formerly believed The story is an exciting adventure with crashing space ships survival on hostile planets infiltration of enemy bases and uncovering enemy plots There s also a side plot where Villam s colleagues and friends believing him dead seek to uncover and destroy the traitor who set the events in motion There are plenty of other things I loved about the story and which add to its depth eg the lovely names of the ships The Future of Alom and The Song of Terratsu and also Villam s adorable habit of drifting off into philosophical and theosophical ponderingsThere is not a lot of negative Just in the initial 10% there are a lot of military characters introduced who were eferred to by their first names
last names or ank and it took me a while to catch onnames or Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 rank and it took me a while to catch on the short flashbacks of Luke s should have been in italics to differentiate them from the present time It s hard to think of negatives because I m still in a sort of post coital book glow after finishingHighlyecommended for fanciers of mm Scifi Romance This book is a very nice surprise More about two men from very different backgrounds surviving the wilderness learning to trust each other and falling in love than anything else Very Robinson Crusoe like with a war going on in the background45 stars Berlayar di Pamor Badik rounding up to 5 I love a good claustrophobicomance by that I mean the kind of stuck with you elationship
*that develops from the close proximity of the characters especially when there s a good long build up *develops from the close proximity of the characters especially when there s a good long build up aging sexual tension I also love believable sci fi I also love all things military Hey would you look at that this is book is cover to virtual cover full of things that I love It s a great story about a galactic military officer who ends up stranded on an uninhabited planet with his wou. It's lonely at the top for Commander Villam Elding who has always anked loyalty to the empire and career ambition over omance He finds it easier to love ideas than people; without military life he's lost Even so it's his close elationship with Kardiell a popular officer that tears him from his life Those with competing ambitions try to take Villam hostage to leverage Kardiell'. ,
Ld be kidnapper and well stuff happens I found some of the side plot a bit distracting but there isn t very much of it so that s okay The glimpses we get of the fictional universe are interesting and I honestly wouldn t mind eading about it If this is indeed the author s first novel that s pretty impressive Boy did I ever have a difficult time making up my mind Which seems fitting enough in this case because Storms and Stars seems to suffer from a similar problem There s no point in beating around the bush this book was a bit of a challenge for me At the same time there was something about this science fiction meets Robinson Crusoe story that managed to capture me enough to make a mental note to keep an eye on this author s future work But I ll get to the good and the bad in a secondFirstly the story itself Villam is a loyal servant of the empire and works as a commander on one of the many star ships in its fleet Then one day he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time in a transfer vehicle that has been taken over by The Pink Pearl rebellions who have somehow managed to penetrate the empire s security The commander senses the danger and launches an attack but can t avoid getting shot with a tranuilizer gun And the last thing you want is ending up unconscious and injured in a craft of which you have just taken out the pilot The space vessel spins out of control in the blackness and is then sucked into the gravitational pull of an uninhabited planet where it crashes Much much later Villam wakes up and finds that only one of the aggressors has survived the Sigliuk monk Luke This provides him with a shiny new mission taking out the young man If any of you have seen the film Cast Away you know that this is probably not the smartest move to make when youe stranded on an uncolonized planet with only one other human being Before you know it you start talking to a volleyball And who to have sex with indeed Luckily Villam follows a similar train of thought Meaning that we get to Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe read about two sworn enemies who are suddenly dependent on each other for survival I know I wasubbing my hands in sweet anticipation The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi realizing that starting points seldom get much better than this He noticed that Luke was watching him The young man s expression hadeturned to its default neutral state He blinked slowly his green eyes measuring something in Villam It was a boyish face with a mature expression built of handsomely curved cheekbones and a Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela rounded jaw line accented by eyebrows that moved in a firm line to a sharp turn downwards It was the only face he would see for theest of his life Villam scratched at his chin blinking You e not going to tell me that no one ever gets physically intimate on SiglidunnTo have children Anything else is just frivolous wasteful The last word was spoken like a curse Luke Villam said patiently it s only the two of us There will be no childrenBut although you could consider this to be the main storyline of Storms and Stars and uite frankly the only truly interesting one the author also has inserted numerous chapters that cover the spaceship
HUMDRUM I WAS OPTIMISTIC AT FIRST THINKING THIS PARALLELI was optimistic at first thinking this parallel would provide me with a
"GOOD DOSE OF POLITICAL INTRIGUE AND "dose of political intrigue and necessary background to Jaydon s universe When I found that these chapters didn t offer anything in terms of worldbuilding nifty scifi ideas or excitement but instead introduced a ton of irrelevant POV s for side characters with funky names Kardiell Fulgur Urma Dorges Hije Shpate and the list goes onI began to despair So I might as well admit what I did skim these chapters and stick to the stranded men s adventures instead This turned out the be a good bet when I discovered that this storyline wasn t even part of an ingenious spectacular climax Especially since Storms and Stars is very slow paced and of considerable length I wonder why no one thought Hey all those chapters may not be working in the story s favor Of course it s a possibility that the author felt that dropping two men on an inhabited planet wouldn t offer enough of a bite and spectacle in space to her eadersSomething else I struggled with were the peculiar style choices The story is written in the third person perspective and focuses on one POV but still allows the thoughts of the other characters as well The focus switches to these other POV s all the time in the same paragraph even On top of that you will also get big chunks of text in italics from the first person perspective to make sure that the thoughts of the MC s are constantly on display Are you still following Because I sort of didn t Let s just say it isn t the most clear and crisp style I have come across I uite enjoyed the omance though The slow burning love was drawn out well The progression Villam and Luke made in trying to overcome their differences was believable Along with that the survival trope was interesting Would they manage to survive winter Would they be forever stuck on the little green planet In general I was taken with Jaydon s writing style that was evocative at times She took her time to introduce us to the strange planet and incorporated the men s surroundings nicely
in their livesLuke examined the moons then knit his brows and glanced at Villam He was bleached by the silvery lighttheir livesLuke examined the moons then knit his brows and glanced at Villam He was bleached by the silvery light eyes left deeply green in contrast Villam eached out with one hand to clasp him between neck and shoulder Smiling he stepped in closer and Octavio's Journey ran his other hand down Luke s warm soft lightly stubbled cheek The moon prodded him not to linger and he didn t dipping in to touch his mouth to Luke s Less pure urges than love of the cosmos made him grip Luke s narrow waist tug him close and press apart his lips with his own This is apparently Jaydon s debut novel For her future books I wish her an. S soft spot for him In the struggle Villam crashes the small spacecraft he'siding All hands perish except he and Luke his kidnapperLuke Sicinik travels the galaxy performing dirty missions for money to send home Born on a desert colony abandoned by the empire he has no love for imperial soldiers He spent his childhood in a monastery which taught the evils of anything impractica.
Editor who isn t afraid to tell her to kill her darlings and opt for one style choice for the sake of an enjoyable Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story reading experience But despite the book s flaws I m impressed with her writing in general Very promising DNF at 33%ieally need to stop DNFing netgalleys but i just sighi didn t connect with the writing or characters at all and the other POV of the soldier back at the empire or wherever he is was just distracting and off putting and made me want to ead those bits as fast as possible to get back to what was happening with ittuluke and villam they kinda just seemed thrown in there like a spanner in machinery and it helped me lose the last thread of concentration i actually had i guess this just isn t for me i didn t find this engaging at all A very well written sci fi mm omance adventure about a two enemies who crash on an uninhabited planet and have to learn to get along to survive along with dealing with feelings of deeper intimacy especially when they find that they are not alone as they thoughtWhat I liked The world building was Organizing Power really well done Jaydon added a lot of layers to the societies that the MCs come from but did theeader the favor of not spelling everything out in big dumps of exposition Her writing is also very clean and clear and very easy to picture and as Villam and Luke are surviving in the wild the setting Bipedal, By Pedal: Confidential Mad Libs reallyesonated and you can just feel the chill of winter seep in or the brush of Lost Treasure rain when the planet s first storm of the season startedThis book also has a lot of nice plot and story progression For those who complain of books with all sex and no story this is not that book There is intimacy but basically there are three encounters in the whole book The focus here is onelationship character and story development If you Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive, 965 Illustrations re looking to sink into a good sci fi story that also has mmomance in it this will probably hit all your buttons The writing and creativity made this four stars for me even though I had some issues with the story The pacing felt very slow and the Jack and the Beanstalk: Ladybird First Favourite Tales relationship building and growth is also very slowly developed That s fine especially for these characters No insta love here folks This book is a good addition to the Good Sexual Tension listopia list I think the first encounter is around 50% in But the overall slowness made this aead that I had to push through as opposed to a fevered need to find out what happens next For the first 30 40% of the book Villam and Luke s trial of survival on the planet is interrupted with cuts to back to Villam s ship and to some military officials trying to figure out the political conspiracy that caused the ship s crash in the first place I understand why these cuts are there to fill in the mystery and that action is happening even while Villam and Luke are living in their own separate world but it hurt the pacing for me and every time I started to feel momentum build up with Villam and Luke s story it broke off to cut back to the military investigation These cuts lowered at around the 50% mark and didn t pop up again until much later but I felt like it hurt the pacing for me and made pushing through of a drag The writer has a very specific style choice that kept pushing me out The majority of the story is
told through limited 3rd perspective Depending on the scene you e locked in to one character s POVthrough limited 3rd perspective depending on the scene you e locked Depending on the scene you Landscapes of the Chinese Soul re locked to one character s POV inside of that you ll also get the thoughts of that POV in first person speak I veead this before and it usually works for me but this time I kept getting pushed out every time the switch happened It happens within paragraphs too Sentences in third person Then some in first Back to third A paragraph of first person thoughts etc The first few times I kept wondering if I Landscapes of the Chinese Soul: The Enduring Presence of the Cultural Revolution ran into an editing error like some dialogue was happening but someone forgot to add the uotation marksI wondered if the author had used italics for these first person POV shifts if it would have been easier But then again I understand why the author didn t use italics since sometimes the first person POV shift was a whole paragraph and whole paragraphs of italics isn t always fun toead It took me a while to get used to the style and it kicked me out over and over which also made this of a push to ead There was one time late in the book that I had to eread a section to better understand who the narrator was at that moment so I could better connect the sudden insertion of first person POVI m not sure if it was the pacing or the style choices but I didn t feel as emotionally connected to the MCs as I wished I liked the world building but I didn t feel as deeply connected to their trials or outcomes This might be linked also to Luke s very intense societal and Media, Mobilization and the Umbrella Movement religious conditioning to distance himself from emotions which meant he angsted a lot when he was feeling anything but when the wall finally came down I didn t feel a lot of catharsis I m happy that the MCs got a nice and satisfying HEA but didn t have that deep feeling of satisfaction when finishing the bookBut in the end it s a very creative well written sci fi book with a niceomance
About Two Opposites Eventually Realizingtwo opposites eventually Getting a Life with Asperger's: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood realizing attraction and deeper love for each other It already has a lot of goodeviews so my points above may not bother you at all These were just the things that struck me and your mileage may vary If you like sci fi in your mm Wie ich Brad Pitt entführte romance this may be up your alley DNF 30%Maybe because I veead so much science fiction in my days but the execution of it in this novel was not very engaging I also Encyclopedia of Management Development Methods really don t like how the book switches between the MCs on the planet and the other characters back on the ship Add that on top of the fact that I couldn teally feel drawn to Luke and Villam at all as individual charactersso I m just going to call it uits here. L or sentimental Yet when he crawls from the destroyed spacecraft his first instinct is compassionate he drags Villam's unconscious body free of the wreckage Stranded together on a wild planet Villam and Luke know that survival means cooperation A truce becomes trust and trust turns to passion as they struggle to find a new life together just the two of them against an entire wor.