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Star Hero (Star series #4.6) by Susan Grant #BookReview #SciFiRomance

by September 20, 2017
Overview
Author

Susan Grant

Title

Star Hero

Series

Star series

Book #

4.6

Genre(s)

SciFi Romance

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

What an opening! Star Hero may be a novella, but it is not short on style or excitement. The opening scenes of Star Hero are told from the perspective of Bang-Bang (a dog) and Lucas Frank (Bang-Bang’s space marine), plunging the reader into the most terrifying moments of their lives before skipping ahead to who they are today. I can’t imagine how anyone could put this book down after those first two scenes.

Carlynn smirked at her then turned around to peek—and swapped gazes with the Marine officer. She wouldn’t have been able to look away even if she had wanted to. His eyes were a steal-your-breath, butterflies-inducing shade of blue that was ice cold and blazing hot at the same time. Rebellious and wild, and yet mournful, too, like those of a lone wolf. He didn’t glance away, which might have been the mannerly thing to do. Instead, he stood there, looking at her, his eyes totally unguarded, allowing rapid-fire glimpses into his soul the way a dealer shuffled cards, flashing their suits.

This story is full throttle right out of the space dock. Ms. Grant spins emotions across the full spectrum of extremes—fear, need, lust, longing, grief, happiness, love… mortal danger.

She’d always thought love at first sight was a ridiculous concept. Lukas was doing a very good job of dismantling that idea.
When they commenced docking with Bezos Station, head bowed he placed her hand between his warm palms, capturing her with gentle pressure. I want you to be mine, his touch told her loud and clear. Then, slowly, he looked up. That old cliché about losing yourself in someone’s eyes? Well, she would forevermore know what it meant. A shiver coursed through her, and she breathed a little faster. She wanted to be his, too, starting tonight.

PTSD is a cruel mistress, and even soul-deep love at first sight with Carlynn Riga can’t save Lukas from her punishing clutches. But, this being a SciFi romance, their relationship has more to overcome than the not-insignificant stress of his nightmares. I love the action and danger in this story. It reminded me a little of Riddick (the movie), and the fauna and flora of the alien planet they end up on is beautiful and terrifying at once.

Star Hero is packed with emotions, and Bang-Bang the space dog is such a great character. As are the main characters. I love a hero in uniform, and I love a strong female lead even more, and Carlynn is both!

She might be proud to call herself a starpilot, but her heart belonged to a Marine.

I adored the secondary characters in this novella. Charming, Danger, Jones, Wenn… each of them his own unique person, each someone I’d like to get to know better. Looks like it’s time to start a new series. 🙂

Recommended for readers who enjoy…

  • SciFi romance with human and human-like characters
  • Star pilot heroines
  • Space marine heroes
  • Quick, exciting action and romance
  • Short reads with big payoff

You may also like…

If you’re a series stickler and prefer to start a series at book 1, check out Susan Grant’s Star King, the gripping story of a US Air Force pilot and the disgraced heir of an alien kingdom who have been connected through dreams for years and finally take a chance on proving that love is love. Excellent SciFi romance series starter. Check out Star King on Amazon below.

Lovers of SciFi romance may enjoy Lea Kirk’s Prophecy series, starting with Prophecy. In this full-length story, two fated souls from different races must work together to save Earth. And, of course, romantic times and sexiness ensue. Read the GraveTells review here, or check it out on Amazon (below):

SFR fans may also like Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi. When battleship commander Kai Yang shows up in Dr. Sasha Dalton’s med bay—her close friend who was captured, tortured, and assumed killed in action—Sasha and Kai have to decide if taking their relationship to the next level is safe, sane, and responsible, considering their personal history, Kai’s broken psyche, and signs of a possible coup to take over the Valiant Knox. Read the GraveTells review here, or check it out on Amazon below.

This review copy was provided by the Author. No compensation was received for this review.

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Star Hero (Star series #4.6) by Susan Grant #BookReview #SciFiRomanceMy star rating: four-half-stars
Star Hero: A Star Series Novella (#4.6) by Susan Grant
Series: Star series #4.6
Published by Self-published or LLC on September 7, 2017
Genres: SciFi romance
Pages: 124
Source: Author
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An imperfect hero battles his inner demons in a race against time to save the woman he loves...

First he had to rescue her. Then he'd try to win her back.

A Marine serving in the galactic frontier, Lieutenant Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive--and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Captain Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender--his heart. Lukas's struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing in action. Now the rugged, emotionally scarred Marine and his K-9 partner must find Carlynn and bring her home, or risk losing everything he has finally found worth fighting for.

(Expanded from the novella "Stray", originally published in the Pets in Space 1 Anthology)

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Review Score Details
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GraveNation Score
Writing style & finesse
9.0
Originality
8.5
Authenticity
9.0
World-building
9.2
Character development
9.3
Likeable/relatable characters
9.1
Plot tension
9.0
Flow & pacing
9.0
Heat &/or sexual tension
9.2
Technical style
9.0
Overall enjoyment
9.3
Final Thoughts

This SciFi romance is packed with emotions and flies full throttle right out of the space dock. Susan Grant's Star Hero may be a novella, but it is not short on style or excitement. I can't imagine how anyone could put this book down after the first two scenes! A GraveTells Top Pick and a must-read for fans of science fiction romance.

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.

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Writing style & finesse
Originality
Authenticity
World-building
Character development
Likeable/relatable characters
Plot tension
Flow & pacing
Heat &/or sexual tension
Technical style
Overall enjoyment