Author: Heidi Ruby Miller
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Union City Publishing
Available: $2.41 at Amazon.com
Rating: 5 stars
Sara Mendoza is captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason by the Embassy, but she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him.
Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.
I loved the touches of technology in this, especially the details like the scent bots and the intra-tattoo. The civilization and world-building are complex and well thought out, with some virtual reality thrown into the mix. The characters are intensely interesting, each with their own flaws, and you can't help but empathize them. I wanted so, so badly for the two MCs to get their happily ever after that I was almost skipping pages to find it! The bedroom scenes are hot, but they don't dominate the book - this is most definitely a science fiction romance with a lot of tension to it.
Once or twice I felt like I was losing track of a character and their part in the story a little.
In sum:This is the kind of science fiction romance that I want more of, and that has set me a target to achieve with my own writing. In the absence of a sequel, I'm waiting on the immanent release of GREENSHIFT, set before the events in AMBASADORA.