If you love science fiction romance as much as I do, then you are always on the hunt for something new. Kindle Unlimited has thousands of series’ in this genre and it’s hard to slog through the masses to find the gem. This series popped up on my radar when the publisher sent an email with the latest release, The Princes and the Bruiser, but since it was the third book in the series I kind of mentally bookmarked it and moved on. Then the first book appeared on a list I clicked on somewhere… hmmm interesting. THEN I saw the second book mentioned on Twitter and figured this was a sign of some kind so I decided to check it out. So, so glad I did.
This series takes place on a pleasure ship, and all of the main protagonists are members of the crew. It’s super fun and a different take on the aliens in space books.
Love in the Time of Wormholes–
This is the first book in the series and features Sunny, the hospitality specialist on board the Ignisar, and her one-time one-night stand turned newly hired coworker, Freddie.
Sunny is bright and open and lovely to pretty much everyone she comes across. When she and Freddie had their fling they did so under assumed names so neither thought they would see the other ever again, so realizing they would be working together was a bit of a shock to both of them. Freddie is thrilled and hoping to reconnect, while Sunny has a strict no-dating co-workers rule that she won’t break despite the lovely, multiple orgasm night she spent with Freddie. Despite her sunny, friendly disposition she harbors some deep hurts, and it turns out the wonderfully beta Freddie might be just the person to help her heal.
I kind of fell in love with the ship and its crew members as a whole in this novel. Sunny and Freddie were the main characters, but the setting of the pleasure ship, with all its quirks and interesting rooms and activities as well as every one of the characters in it, are what make this book shine. This is a found family who clearly loves and values each other. There is a subplot of some bad guys, doing bad things, for bad reasons, but it totally worked for the story.
Content warning- grief, off-page death
The second book in the series focuses on Elanie (Sunny’s BFF) a half-human bionic who from what I can tell is the person who keeps everything together on the Ignisar and the ship’s doctor, Sem.
Elanie finally downloads her hormone update from LunaCorp and realizes she doesn’t recognize her body anymore. Sunny recommends a visit to the doctor on board, and Elanie finally relents and visits Sem, who as an empath finds it hard to treat his new patient since he can’t read her emotions. The fact that he’s super attracted to her doesn’t help either.
This is more of an adventure, coming-of-age type tale. Elanie and Sem find themselves on a frozen planet when Elanie is “called” by a faction of bionics looking for freedom from LunaCorp. They learn to depend on each other and it takes them away from the Dr./Patient relationship and enables them to really get to know each other. I liked Sem’s gentle demeanor and Elanie’s sexual awakening while finding her independence. Their romance was quite lovely.
The Princess and the Bruiser–
This is the third book in the series and features grumpy security expert Rax Varon and Clara, the princess who while escaping her evil uncle and an arranged marriage she doesn’t want takes a ride on his ship (unbeknownst to him) back to the Ignisar.
This book was SO much fun. A bodyguard, hurt/comfort, marriage of convenience romance with an MMC who goes into protective mode when he realizes the woman who drives him crazy is hiding from her family for a damn good reason. I loved being back on the Ignisar and seeing the dynamic between all the crew members. Rax and his brother have this wonderfully close, yet with some gentle ribbing and sparring, relationship that made me fall in love with both of them. The romance between Clara and Rax is beautiful as she is finding herself in a safe space, and he is learning how to protect her while also giving her room to come into her own.
Throw in the kink with consent, an exciting rescue scene, and the recovery and rehabilitation of a beloved friend at the end and this was my favorite so far in this series.
Here’s to hoping that Rax’s brother and his hunky prince get a love story of their own in the future.
All in all, highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys science fiction romance.
All books are available on Kindle Unlimited.