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Queen's Gambit, Jessie Mihalik 27 April 2024

2017 SF/romance novella, first of a trilogy. Two space empires are at war: the Rogue Coalition is caught in the middle.

But more importantly, the emperor of one side has been kidnapped, and the Rogue Queen (who apparently has time away from ruling her starving kingdom to go off bounty hunting, which is enough to pay for food imports) is going to get the reward for recovering him.

But more importantly, he's really hawt.

This was posted as a weekly serial, and has been revised for publication; it seems that it's now a lot heavier on the romance (in this phase mostly loving descriptions of the hero's body), and certainly the SF element seemed nearly pasted on. Random bounty hunter got chosen as the queen of the people who just wanted to be left out of the war? And they all love her? Eh, why not?

It's all right, I suppose, and I may well finish the series, but for my taste Mihalik is much stronger when she lets herself get into the SF worldbuilding at novel length rather than going all-out for the romance.

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Series: Rogue Queen | Next in series: Queen's Advantage

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