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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Stowaway by Becky Black

Stowaway by Becky Black
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (160 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

The capture of stowaway Kit Miller brings some rare excitement to the life of Raine, security chief on a deep space cargo freighter. Kit's a fugitive, a shameless flirt and the sexiest man Raine's ever seen, but Raine's determined to resist him. Getting involved with Kit would be inappropriate and Raine prides himself on his rigid principles.

To Kit, Raine is just another authority figure like the ones who've screwed him over before, so he can't work out why Raine makes him feel so safe. Why the muscle-bound hunk makes him so hot is easier to understand.

Eventually, desire overcomes their wariness and they begin a passionate and mostly secret affair. When Kit proves his loyalty to the crew and the ship and Raine shows Kit he's not the kind of man Kit assumed he was, their feelings grow deeper. But the end of the voyage is looming and they face losing each other forever unless Raine is ready to give up all he's worked for to love a lawbreaking stowaway.

Good things can come from the worst plans. Accused thief Kit is on the run and just happens to stowaway on a cargo ship. His plan isn’t very good, they never are, and soon enough Kit is caught by sexy security chief Raine. Although Raine should remember that Kit is a thief, he’s overwhelmed by their chemistry, Kit’s good looks, and his own lust. The two men give into their passion but Raine can’t help wondering if he’s jeopardizing his career and duty and Kit knows he’ll have to say goodbye to Raine before his next escape attempt.

Stowaway is a fun book to read but it’s a very classic style romance. The plot is predictable and often reminiscent of older Harlequin type books. The characters frequently act against common sense or their own training. I spent a lot of the book saying “no one would do that.” Or “they wouldn’t say that.” Additionally, although the story is technically a futuristic, outer space story it lacks any real world building. The various details are sparse and often generic, such as repeated litany of kitchen chores, without any indication this is another world or another time. It feels very normal and everyday.

There are plenty of good parts, too, though. The book is very easy to read and the pages really fly by. The author has a knack for sucking me into the story, regardless of the fact that it’s nothing unique or different. The writing is easy and the tone light. The story doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is nice and helped keep my attention.

I wouldn’t suggest picking up Stowaway if you’re looking for a complicated or intricate space opera. The real strengths of the story come in the inherent charm and easy writing. The secondary characters are interesting and not just page fillers while the main couple never quite seemed realistic but are fun to read nonetheless. Stowaway is a story I’d recommend if you’re in the mood for an easy, light, classical romance.

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