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Polaris Rising, Jessie Mihalik 14 March 2022

2019 SF/romance. Ada von Hasenberg, younger daughter of one of the three Houses that together rule human space, has been on the run for two years from an arranged marriage. She's finally been caught… but then they made the mistake of putting her in a cell with the man-monster.

This book is trash that's not ashamed of being trash. Yeah, Ada somehow learned to do sneaky spy stuff well enough that the gene-boosted special forces guy is impressed. (They instantly fall in lust, love follows, and for most of the second half of the book they're imitating rabbits.) And she can out-negotiate her father, one of the three most powerful people in the universe. Mary Sue? Or just someone competent, doing things competently?

Adjust your expectations and your mood. If you're after serious world-building, look elsewhere; this is happening in more or less generic SF-land, and the reader is expected to be able to fill in details as they see fit. This is a story about a found family of big damn heroes on a starship.

It's not great, but it is fun. They rescue each other, a lot. There is banter. This was recommended by Ilona Andrews, and for me it has much the same feeling as the Kate Daniels series, perhaps even more so; the fantastic events are important, but they're the background against which the love story can happen.

This is the first book of a trilogy, but in the manner of modern romance series each book deals with a different couple.

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