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Hunt the Stars, Jessie Mihalik 07 February 2024

2022 SF/romance, first of a trilogy. Octavia Zarola can't afford to turn down a retrieval mission. Even if it's from the people who were at war with humanity.

This is more very lightweight SF; I was reading to relax at the end of a day of boarddaming. There will be very few surprises here for most readers and the plot is thoroughly predictable. Secrets are kept (with at least some justification, such as prior promises) and there's a Big Misunderstanding when the principals would otherwise have no reason not to fall into bed. Space-bed.

Octavia comes over a bit young and naïve for the war veteran and cynical survivor she's meant to be. Still, her Torran is meant to be a veteran of the Imperial Court, and he isn't always super smart either. There's a kidnapping, and an attempt to prevent a war that it looks as though factions on both sides are trying to start, but most of it is backdrop to the romantic story. Which ought perhaps to have engaged me more than it did; perhaps it's because, even having read the prequel, I never got much sence of Octavia as a person beyond "will do anything to prevent her found-family from getting hurt".

Fun, but very lightweight. As with Mihalik's earlier Consortium Rebellion series, each of the other two volumes deals with a different romance—though I felt there was more to say about this one.

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