Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion, #1)
A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .

Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion, #1) Details

TitlePolaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherHarper Voyager
ISBN-139780062802408
Rating
GenreRomance, Science Fiction, Adult, Space, Space Opera, Fiction

Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion, #1) Review

  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis had a fun space-travel based action/romance plot, but when the primary characters get captured/rescued five times total between the two of them, that's a little bit of overkill. The story starts out with one of them already captured and the other one is in the process of being captured. Then later on one of them gets captured again, and then it happens again, and then yet again one more time. For two people who have been on the run for years with large bounties on their heads, they 3.5 starsThis had a fun space-travel based action/romance plot, but when the primary characters get captured/rescued five times total between the two of them, that's a little bit of overkill. The story starts out with one of them already captured and the other one is in the process of being captured. Then later on one of them gets captured again, and then it happens again, and then yet again one more time. For two people who have been on the run for years with large bounties on their heads, they are suddenly really bad at avoiding being captured, just saying.Ignoring the capture/release/capture plot line, I did like the future-sci-fi-space setting complete with blasters, spaceships, and machines that make food for you quite literally. The romance part of the plot is also nice but I wish they had interacted more outside of the nearly constant action. In the end their sacrifices seems rather large for someone they barely know.Subsequent books in this series will focus on the secondary characters, not this couple, but I can't say I am really invested in the characters enough to continue on with reading these.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Release day - February 5th - TodayWow. That was my first thought upon finishing this book - which I devoured; I couldn't stop reading. This was the absolute best way to start 2019. There's so much I want to talk about, where do I start??Okay. World-building. Damn. This is everything I'm ever looking for in sci-fi. I've never been one of those readers that loved all the technical and/or military overtones that some sci-fi has. I don't want to be drowned in techy words, detailed descriptions of sa Release day - February 5th - TodayWow. That was my first thought upon finishing this book - which I devoured; I couldn't stop reading. This was the absolute best way to start 2019. There's so much I want to talk about, where do I start??Okay. World-building. Damn. This is everything I'm ever looking for in sci-fi. I've never been one of those readers that loved all the technical and/or military overtones that some sci-fi has. I don't want to be drowned in techy words, detailed descriptions of said technological marvels, and pages upon pages of the minutiae of war. I do like my world to be detailed, thorough, solid, and feel real. And this one does. I can picture myself walking around the ships, even digging into some of the details about how they run. When we step on a planet, I feel the gravity, the sun blazing, the weight of the history of that particular place.World-building is more than just places, it's also the history of the people that built and inhabit those places. Polaris Rising excels there as well. A good eighty percent of this book takes place away from the center of that history, but it's still deftly woven into the fabric of this book. We learn from Ada as she moves through the story, so that when we do encounter the core of these worlds, I was fully invested and clamoring for more. Jessie Mihalik delivered.Ada, oh Ada. I love you. I've rarely felt such an instant connection and love for a character. In fact, only one other comes to mind. She's smart, honorable, strong, and kick-ass. Her morals and values are hers regardless of what is expected of her as a House member. The dichotomy of her privilege and her chains is fascinating and something that I really enjoyed exploring. Ada is everything I ever hope for from a heroine. And more than a match for Loch.I don't want to say too much about Loch, because his secrets are his to tell, but I don't think it's a spoiler to say that I always felt how trustworthy he was. Never mind that our first glimpse of him is when he's chained to a wall. Peeling back the layers on his history is fascinating. If I thought him a little too alpha at times, well, it never crossed over the line to unacceptable. He has a core of respect and never steps over Ada's boundaries, regardless of what he wants.Their romance feels slightly rushed, but I think that's more me than the book. I've been primarily reading Urban Fantasy and Fantasy for the last year or so.  Relationships develop  much more slowly there. Still, Ada and Loch progressed their relationship at a believable pace for all that was happening around them. They were forced to find out if they could trust each other, and intense situations always bring out intense feelings. I thought I would complain about the "misunderstanding" in the book when it came up. And, honestly, I did roll my eyes when I saw it. So often I want to shake the characters and demand they talk. But you know what these guys did? They TALKED. AND each took responsibility for their part in the argument. Love. Love, love, love.Ada was also driven by much more than just her feelings and hormones for a love-interest. She felt responsible for millions of people, and moved forward on things because she knew them to be right, sometimes in direct contradiction to Loch's desires and needs. And there were times when he did the same. I think one of the things I loved the most is seeing how these two came to terms with each other's independence and compromising on how to deal with the things the other couldn't or wouldn't change about themselves. Their acceptance of each other and how they got there was amazing.I am absolutely dying for the next book, and many more, in this series. I've already marked it on my calendar and am counting down the days.More available at The AlliteratesPre-review.Wow. That was kick-ass, awesome, sexy, and fun. I can't wait for more!!Full review to come.
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  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 starsHonestly Polaris Rising had EVERYTHING I love about this genre. Moreover, it even reminded me of the adventure romances on TV. A space odyssey that brings a princess on the run and a known and dangerous fugitive together. A space princess that can kick ass and isn't just another damsel in distress. A fugitive that believes in the heroine's abilities, trusts her judgements and doesn't feel weak when she takes the driver's seat. I could go on and on.....The writing is fantastic, the dial 4.25 starsHonestly Polaris Rising had EVERYTHING I love about this genre. Moreover, it even reminded me of the adventure romances on TV. A space odyssey that brings a princess on the run and a known and dangerous fugitive together. A space princess that can kick ass and isn't just another damsel in distress. A fugitive that believes in the heroine's abilities, trusts her judgements and doesn't feel weak when she takes the driver's seat. I could go on and on.....The writing is fantastic, the dialogues are crisp, smart, and engaging. The author took the time to develop the characters to a satisfying level. The slow burn between Ada and Loch was equally enjoyable and matched their personalities. Both were cautious, but also ready to give it a try - with the right person.Besides all the things I loved about this book, it's still a debut novel. But it's a really GOOD one!! And I can't wait to read the next book. I actually can see myself having a collection of the author's books on my shelf, because they fill a niche of adventure romance books that I'm sorely missing.I was vastly entertained by the story, the characters and plot.Even though I didn't feel like Ada and Loch's story was satisfyingly concluded, it seems the author is releasing her sister Bianca's story next. Since the overall story arc isn't done yet, the books must be interconnected. Which works fine for me, that means I get more Ada and Loch.✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews:My Blog: Book Twins ReviewsFacebook Blog PageTwitterSubscribe to Blog
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  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/04/...Not gonna lie, I’ve always been hard on the romances in my fiction. While I have nothing against romance, I’ve always said that if there’s going to be a romance arc in any book, it needs to be convincing—not to mention I also want the characters, plot and other story elements to be strong. It also helps when a novel is upfront with the reader on what to expect. In the case of Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik, it is an exam 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/04/...Not gonna lie, I’ve always been hard on the romances in my fiction. While I have nothing against romance, I’ve always said that if there’s going to be a romance arc in any book, it needs to be convincing—not to mention I also want the characters, plot and other story elements to be strong. It also helps when a novel is upfront with the reader on what to expect. In the case of Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik, it is an example of a sci-fi romance mashup that handles all these points very well.The protagonist of this tale is Lady Ada of High House von Hasenberg. As the fifth of six children, her usefulness to her family only extends to her marriageability into one of the other High Houses, and only so that her father can have a spy in a rival’s house. To avoid that fate, Ada ran away years ago and has since survived on her own by living under the radar on space stations and mercenary ships. But unfortunately, her luck has just run out. As our story begins, Ada finds herself in a holding cell with another high-profile prisoner named Marcus Loch aboard a bounty hunter’s ship, soon to be handed off to Richard of High House Rockhurst, the man she was supposed to marry. Though Ada knows better than to trust Loch, a known dangerous criminal, she’s also aware he’s her only chance to escape. And so, the two of them strike up a tenuous alliance, agreeing to work together until they make it some place safe. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Loch is hot as hell and has the body of a Greek god.However, Richard is not about to give up so easily. For some reason, House Rockhurst is really keen on having his and Ada’s arranged marriage go forward, presumably to get their hands on her dowry. But what exactly is it that they want? And why does Richard also seem to want to capture Loch as badly as he wants Ada? As our two fugitives go on the run together, they end up finding the answers to all these questions and more. In order to protect her house and prevent war, Ada will need to recruit more help and put a stop to Rockhursts’ plans. Meanwhile, she’s also realizing that Loch is more than he seems. He’s certainly not the heartless mercenary she had expected him to be, and as the two of them grow closer, Ada must also admit to herself that Loch has become more to her than just an escape plan.In case it’s not glaringly obvious, Polaris Rising is mostly a romance first, and a genre novel second. By that, I mean it can be awfully self-indulgent at times, being predominantly interested in focusing the attention on the romance arc between Ada and Loch, and it does that boldly with no apology. For one, the plot is light and leaky and doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny. World-building elements are plentiful but just robust enough to get by. Characters are also on the conventional side, with Ada being your typical heroine with a fierce personality and a strong independent streak, while Loch is even more clichéd as the tall, dark, brooding and possessive alpha male whose sculpted face and abs appear to be his main appeal. As they’re both archetypal to an extent, neither instilled much likeability at the beginning, though credit where credit’s due: both scored high on the believability meter. Ada and Loch are flawed characters each dealing with a painful event in their past. Ada’s prevents her from letting anyone get close, while Loch has done some terrible things that he’d rather forget. Again, it’s not the most original setup, resulting in drama that could have been predicted from miles away. And yet, the emotional growth they each experienced was convincingly written and fun to watch, and in the end, isn’t that why we read such stories?Another point for this book: the supporting cast. Characters like Veronica, Rhys, and Bianca are fully-fleshed individuals in their own right, adding much flavor to the story (not to mention a nice break from the smoldering gazes our two protagonists are constantly throwing at each other). Even if romance isn’t your thing, you’ll love the meaningful relationships that these other characters add to the equation. And ultimately, that’s what I enjoyed most about Polaris Rising—the fact that there’s so much else to like beyond the main romantic arc. In spite of the light world-building, there is also a clear and strong effort to make the sci-fi setting as authentic and full-bodied as possible. It feels developed from the ground up along with the story, and not as though it was slapped on as an afterthought. And of course, if you’re here for the romance you’ll leave very happy, but those of us who require an actual plot with some action too will certainly not be disappointed either. Mihalik manages to balance the sexy times with enough suspense and thrills so that neither aspect overshadows the other, leaving both coming through very naturally.Overall, I had a really good time with Polaris Rising. Admittedly, the romance genre is still not something I can take in large doses, but I love throwing a book like this into my reading repertoire whenever I feel like I need a change. Like a rich, fluffy, decadent dessert, I can only read these types of novels once in a while, but whenever I do, it’s always oh so satisfying and delicious.
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  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    January 1, 1970
    I feel compelled to start with a disclaimer that I don’t normally pick up books with romance as the main draw, preferring instead stories that also include a mix of world-building, characters, plot, and external conflicts. Romances tend to just focus on the relationship, and I was hoping that one set in space would require a lot more attention paid to all the other elements I enjoy. Surprisingly, it actually had a good balance, and because of that I enjoyed it more than most from the genre, but I feel compelled to start with a disclaimer that I don’t normally pick up books with romance as the main draw, preferring instead stories that also include a mix of world-building, characters, plot, and external conflicts. Romances tend to just focus on the relationship, and I was hoping that one set in space would require a lot more attention paid to all the other elements I enjoy. Surprisingly, it actually had a good balance, and because of that I enjoyed it more than most from the genre, but overall I don’t think the type of story is my cup of tea, and my rating reflects that.Don’t get me wrong – I love romance in books, but only when it’s not the sole focus. In this case, where the love story was front and center, I found myself not on board with how it played out. It was kind of insta-lovey. The declarations of love came without a satisfying series of events to back it for my personal tastes. I always want to be able to see why characters fell in love through some poignant moments, and that was missing for me. For a book mostly about the romance, the romance needs to have more substance to win me over.Honestly though, I knew what I was getting myself into. And for what it was, it did have a nice balance of action and love scenes. The plot was even decent – bringing in an external conflict that at least kept my attention until the end, even if it was a tad repetitive. I can’t help but think other readers are going to enjoy it a lot more than I did because it definitely has some merit.Series status: It’s currently planned as a series, but I don’t believe I will be reading on.Recommendation: Although this might not be my genre, I think it was a decent story that fans of romantic sci-fi will gobble up. The banter between the main characters reminded me of Ilona Andrews’ writings, which is always a good thing. Venture in expecting a good mix of action and lovey-dovey moments.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com Other books you might like:
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  • Jeffe Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    SFR at it's very best! I loved everything about this story: the capable, regal, kickass heroine and spaceship pilot; the muscular, dangerous and enigmatic escaped war criminal hero; the well-realized universe and secondary characters; and the the fast-paced plot that kept me turning pages. I had a serious book hangover when I finished and the story left me craving more of this world and characters. Highly recommend!
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    Great start to the series, but I'd skip the audio version. I started reading my e-copy and switched to the audio when I wasn't able to read and the narrator turned Ada into a more arrogant, dramatic version of the character I was reading. Didn't care for her performance of Marcus Loch (the hero) at all.
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  • Lata
    January 1, 1970
    Fast-moving plot, funny and capable main character, lots of action and peril, light and frothy, what's not to like?Main character Ada's on the run from her family (a super-rich House, one of three others) and a potential and unwanted marriage to the son of another house. She's picked up by mercenaries, and encounters Marcus Loch, a brutal murderer, also in their custody. The two manage to form an alliance of convenience so they can escape. Which they do, but narrowly, with her almost betrothed R Fast-moving plot, funny and capable main character, lots of action and peril, light and frothy, what's not to like?Main character Ada's on the run from her family (a super-rich House, one of three others) and a potential and unwanted marriage to the son of another house. She's picked up by mercenaries, and encounters Marcus Loch, a brutal murderer, also in their custody. The two manage to form an alliance of convenience so they can escape. Which they do, but narrowly, with her almost betrothed Richard after them.The characters are pretty much what you're told they are, and I didn't really care, because this story is just so much fun. It begins with Ada fighting the mercenaries and doesn't really let up till the end. There's humour, romance and danger, and I'm interested in Jessie Mihalik's next book in this series as this installment was such fun.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining science fiction romance (or romantic SF, it's hard to pick), that pretty much sets the bar pretty high for space opera-based settings for romance stories.Humanity has spread to the stars under the auspices of the Consortium, which is run by groups of mercantile Houses, one of the most powerful of which is House von Hasenberg. Lady Ada von Hasenberg has reached the end of a two-year run from an arranged marriage when she's picked up by bounty hunters looking for the bounty on her An entertaining science fiction romance (or romantic SF, it's hard to pick), that pretty much sets the bar pretty high for space opera-based settings for romance stories.Humanity has spread to the stars under the auspices of the Consortium, which is run by groups of mercantile Houses, one of the most powerful of which is House von Hasenberg. Lady Ada von Hasenberg has reached the end of a two-year run from an arranged marriage when she's picked up by bounty hunters looking for the bounty on her return placed on her by her father. Ada gets put in the same cell as a monster of a man, Marcus Loch, known as the Devil of Fornax Zero. Against all expectations the two reach an agreement to escape which all gets very complex when Ada's erstwhile monstrous fiance appears.This is seriously action-packed and manages to squeeze in the whole romance plot (sub-plot?) and a lot of exposition and world-building without bogging down all that action. That's largely achieved by not really doing anything particularly new with the science fiction. It's all pretty Star Trek/Wars standard stuff with FTL, artificial gravity and nanotech as givens, but without doing anything interesting with AI or robots. Similarly, the romance side of things, which relies a lot on gender politics/norms would be quite familiar to anyone reading romances now.Entertaining, but check your brain at the door and have fun.
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  • Veronique
    January 1, 1970
    This SFR turned out to be a lot of fun :O)A strong-willed princess, on the run from an arranged marriage, finds herself captured by bounty hunters. In an effort to escape, she joins forces with another prisoner, a monster of a man, if his reputation is correct, and by doing so, discovers something that could change the balance of power. What ensues is highly entertaining, with plenty of action scenes.The narration follows Ada, who is not afraid to fight for what she believes and those she cares This SFR turned out to be a lot of fun :O)A strong-willed princess, on the run from an arranged marriage, finds herself captured by bounty hunters. In an effort to escape, she joins forces with another prisoner, a monster of a man, if his reputation is correct, and by doing so, discovers something that could change the balance of power. What ensues is highly entertaining, with plenty of action scenes.The narration follows Ada, who is not afraid to fight for what she believes and those she cares for. Loch is a bit more of a mystery, especially concerning his past. Both being headstrong, it is easy to see how they would interact. And yes, it is highly diverting. As for the world-building, it reminded me a lot of the one in Firefly for some reason, with the rich inhabiting the centre, while the outskirts of space are barely making do. Mihalik doesn’t give us anything widely different, from the space gates and tech to the social order, but it all works nicely, and in a very entertaining way.
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  • Jen Davis
    January 1, 1970
    A ton of my Book Twitter friends recommended this book to me and I can tell you now, it absolutely lives up to the hype. I love a good sci-fi romance set in space and this one hit all the high notes. A fierce, loyal, and capable heroine. A gruff, powerful, and mysterious hero. Fantastic world building… great plotting and action… and a cast of secondary characters that have me chomping at the bit for more.Ada is a princess in one of three royal/ruling houses of the galaxy. But she isn’t the kind A ton of my Book Twitter friends recommended this book to me and I can tell you now, it absolutely lives up to the hype. I love a good sci-fi romance set in space and this one hit all the high notes. A fierce, loyal, and capable heroine. A gruff, powerful, and mysterious hero. Fantastic world building… great plotting and action… and a cast of secondary characters that have me chomping at the bit for more.Ada is a princess in one of three royal/ruling houses of the galaxy. But she isn’t the kind of princess who dreams of marrying the prince. In fact, she has been on the run for the past two years, just to avoid an arranged marriage with a prince of a rival house. Her own father has put a bounty on her head to get her back home, but her royal training has served her too well. To be the daughter of a High House, she has been well schooled in every skill she would need to be an ideal spy and it’s helped her evade capture… until now. As the story begins, she’s been nabbed by mercenaries and she has to enlist the help of a fellow prisoner to help her escape before she is shipped back home.That prisoner is Marcus Loch. He is well known as a killer, and Ada has no doubt he’s capable of it. But she sees something more to him. They bust out just as her betrothed breaks in, intent on forcing the marriage. They must jump through hoops, making one escape after the next to evade him, all while trying to figure out why he is so desperate to make the marriage happen.I don’t want to spoil too much. But I loved, loved, loved the dynamic between Ada and Loch. They start out so wary of each other, and for good reason, but in forced proximity, they spark and eventually flame. Loch is such a great love interest. His secrets are peeled back like the layers of an onion, at the same time his defenses against Ada slowly break down. (His moments of jealousy, by the way, pushed my happy buttons.) Ada was phenomenal too. She would never ask anyone to take a risk she’s not willing to take herself. And though she looks out for her interests, she works hard not to cause undue harm to those around her.Jessie Mihalik’s writing is so easy to sink into. She makes it feel so effortless. From setting up the political dynamics of the world to the space science to character histories. It all flows so well, allowing you to just sink into the action. I am a little sad to say goodbye to the Ada and Loch romance, but the author has planted a good seed to pique my interest in Bianca and Ian’s story. (Bring on book 2!)Would definitely recommend for fans of sci-fi romance or space opera. Or really, romance fans in general.Rating: A*ARC provided by publisher
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! This wasn't an especially bad book. It had its moments: we got to see interesting worldbuilding, fast-paced action and a nice heroine. But the hero was mediocre and the writing wasn't really my cup of tea. The summary is very fulsome when it comes to revealing the basic plot of the book, so I'm not going to go into much more detail. It's basically Ada and Loch doing their best to simultaneously elude the members of Houses Rockhurst and ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! This wasn't an especially bad book. It had its moments: we got to see interesting worldbuilding, fast-paced action and a nice heroine. But the hero was mediocre and the writing wasn't really my cup of tea. The summary is very fulsome when it comes to revealing the basic plot of the book, so I'm not going to go into much more detail. It's basically Ada and Loch doing their best to simultaneously elude the members of Houses Rockhurst and Hasenberg, two of the three High Houses who rule the Consortium - essentially, the government of the universe. The Houses have always had a fractious relationship; they're competitors in the spaceship market, so when Ada discovers something that could give the rival Rockhurst house an edge, it's her familial duty to learn more about it. This whole thing gave me serious Rockefeller/Vanderbilt vibes. Ada was a relatively good heroine. Cool as a cucumber, smart, knew how to defend herself. I didn't particularly like her but I didn't really dislike her, either. She was okay. Very close relationship with her siblings, which I always like to see in a book. Loch, on the other hand, I just could not get behind AT ALL. He felt like a cliché of the tall, dark and handsome hero; in fact, a lot of the time, I got the sense that he was an extremely sub-par Jericho Barrons. Somehow there was zero heat and tension in his relationship with Ada. Just mechanical sex scenes and manufactured misunderstandings. Also, we got barely anything on his past or personality. AND IF THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH, HE HAD A SHAVED HEAD. I'm sorry, but I cannot take a hero with a shaved head at all seriously. The action scenes were nice and there was complex world-building but the dialogue was ridiculously stilted, it got a bit jarring. Contractions weren't used when they really should've been. Most of the other characters were obvious sequel bait - they were all implausibly young and unnecessarily good-looking. The other important male characters were compared to Loch, just so you'd know they were sexy and tough and ready to be heroes in the rest of the trilogy. Good space opera, terrible romance. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis was lots of fun. As is usual for me I didn't read the summary all that carefully so I didn't appreciate in advance that this book is a romance with an SF setting. No matter, because I do love my SFR, and Polaris Rising is an especially good example of the sub-genre. Adequate worldbuilding, lots of action, and of course, sexy times.Ada and Loch reminded me some of Elena and Clay from the werewolf books in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series - Bitten, Stolen, Broken, an 4.5 starsThis was lots of fun. As is usual for me I didn't read the summary all that carefully so I didn't appreciate in advance that this book is a romance with an SF setting. No matter, because I do love my SFR, and Polaris Rising is an especially good example of the sub-genre. Adequate worldbuilding, lots of action, and of course, sexy times.Ada and Loch reminded me some of Elena and Clay from the werewolf books in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series - Bitten, Stolen, Broken, and Frostbitten - both as individual characters, and in terms of the way they view each other. Marcus is with Ada like Clay is with Elena; he is very loyal and protective but at the same time respects that his love interest is capable and can look after herself. Ada shares the qualities that I liked about Elena, being strong and self-reliant but also vulnerable without being weak. As a couple Ada and Marcus seemed like a good partnership.I loved the side characters like Veronica and Rhys, who were nicely realized rather than just created as supporting props for Ada and Marcus, and who gave the story as a whole a nicely rounded feel. By the end of the book there are still lots of interesting possible story threads left that could be pursued in further installments. While I do want to read a follow up on those, I also appreciated how Polaris Rising stayed very focused. It avoided spreading itself too widely and turning itself into a set up book rather than a self-contained story.If you are a fan of SFR or just want to add some romance to your usual SF diet, Polaris Rising is an excellent choice.
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  • Rhode
    January 1, 1970
    DNFed at 15%. The universe it’s set in is as sexist as today’s world, right down to men being in charge, often preferring demure women and staring at their breasts. I don’t think LGBTQ people exist. And the hero, who is enormous and bulky with abs (hello stereotype) just told the heroine he likes her because she’s not like other girls.As a woman who literally owns a t-shirt that says, “What’s wrong with other girls?” I couldn’t stand another page.Nothing particularly creative about this as SF ei DNFed at 15%. The universe it’s set in is as sexist as today’s world, right down to men being in charge, often preferring demure women and staring at their breasts. I don’t think LGBTQ people exist. And the hero, who is enormous and bulky with abs (hello stereotype) just told the heroine he likes her because she’s not like other girls.As a woman who literally owns a t-shirt that says, “What’s wrong with other girls?” I couldn’t stand another page.Nothing particularly creative about this as SF either. [later] Picked it up for one last try... a chapter later the heroine is arguing because she wants to risk her life to go out to buy shampoo to wash her hair. Which we had a full scene of her washing two days before. There’s no special world-building reason to explain this. Am dumbfounded. Toss Kindle aside.
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  • Taryn Pierson
    January 1, 1970
    A space princess escapes an arranged marriage only to end up captured and imprisoned with a notorious criminal, and that’s just the opening setup to this balls to the wall adventure. The universe is controlled by three enormously wealthy families, all rivals but currently in an uneasy truce. Ada is a daughter of one of the houses and grew up in the lap of luxury, but since running away from her family and fiancé she’s enjoyed living a lower key lifestyle—that is, until her father’s minions catch A space princess escapes an arranged marriage only to end up captured and imprisoned with a notorious criminal, and that’s just the opening setup to this balls to the wall adventure. The universe is controlled by three enormously wealthy families, all rivals but currently in an uneasy truce. Ada is a daughter of one of the houses and grew up in the lap of luxury, but since running away from her family and fiancé she’s enjoyed living a lower key lifestyle—that is, until her father’s minions catch up to her. Ada will do anything to escape—seriously, there is no risk this chick won’t take—but she’s not sure if the dangerous yet alluring stranger sharing her cell is ally or foe. Politics, intrigue, action—the pace is nonstop and doesn’t let up until the very last page. This is the book I would put in the hands of people who claim romance is formulaic (and then dance around in victory when they love it).
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 33%My hopes were high when I first saw this title for two reasons. 1. I’m always looking for my next Fortune’s Pawn (because that book was hands down amazing) and this one sounded like it had the potential to come close and 2. the amazing blurb on the front cover from my favorite duo: Ilona Andrews.Runaway space princess, badass and dangerous male lead, and of course, space. This really did have all the elements of a story I would normally love but there was something off about it for me, DNF @ 33%My hopes were high when I first saw this title for two reasons. 1. I’m always looking for my next Fortune’s Pawn (because that book was hands down amazing) and this one sounded like it had the potential to come close and 2. the amazing blurb on the front cover from my favorite duo: Ilona Andrews.Runaway space princess, badass and dangerous male lead, and of course, space. This really did have all the elements of a story I would normally love but there was something off about it for me, although, I attributed it to the impending book slump I felt creeping up on me. I got to about 1/3 read before I realized that it still wasn’t doing it for me and that despite having everything I should love, it felt too mechanical as if the story was following a tried and true formula that so many books before it have used and its heart just wasn’t in it.I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I've been sitting on this review for a couple of days, because I've been trying to figure out what exactly I didn't like. So, let's start with what I did like: Ada is a great character. Slightly too Mary Sue for my liking, a little too author's self-fulfilment but she is resourceful and uses her head and knows her limitations, even if her resources sometimes is a fence in the ass off the universe that is able to get her all the tech she might possibly need to take over a heavily guarded facility I've been sitting on this review for a couple of days, because I've been trying to figure out what exactly I didn't like. So, let's start with what I did like: Ada is a great character. Slightly too Mary Sue for my liking, a little too author's self-fulfilment but she is resourceful and uses her head and knows her limitations, even if her resources sometimes is a fence in the ass off the universe that is able to get her all the tech she might possibly need to take over a heavily guarded facility by herself. But still, I liked Ada.And I liked Marcus a lot for 50% of the book. Then he manages to fall into this terribly boring category of male heroes in which the moment they are in luuuurve they become this possessive, jealous, sulky teenagers. It's exhausting. The final time he storms off in a hissy fit and Ada comes to his rescue I was like "THEY CAN KEEP HIM".And this brings me to my other point, because of the resolution of this last mission to save Marcus. The world building is very thin. 3 Houses rule THE UNIVERSE. Each has 1 leader. These 3 people are the most powerful, again, in the UNIVERSE and they are basically CEOs with levels of access that would make the security detail of Beyonce brake into a cold sweat. We have been building space ships for apparently thousands of years, and nothing seems to have changed, other than we are now in space. A woman is hidden away when she gets pregnant with the heir of house Yamada's baby and is this world where they are all trying to kill each-other all the time, he ships her to a backwards planet instead of having her killed? With no guards? Just hides her away? This guy is about to run a third of the UNIVERSE and he's going to leave a bastard running around? That shit didn't work for Albert II, and he's basically eurotrash.All this makes the book campy to the nth degree.Also in this universe, humans escaped and uninhabitable Earth, which they then colonised back, and for what I can see humans have not ran into other species, which fine, there's more than enough theories about us being the only sentient spices in the universe, depressing as they might be, but my problem is that this book doesn't ran into a single black person (Veronica is described as warm brown skin, that's it). The houses are called, Yamada, von Hasenberg and Ruckhurst, this will become relevant in a minute. Of the descriptions of people in the book, a total of maybe a dozen, both Ada and Marcus are described as dark haired and bronzed skinned, this are some of the other, unique, descriptions: - The door swung inward to reveal a young man with a shaggy mop of blond hair that looked like it had never seen a brush.- John, the blond merc who’d wrestled me into the ship, stood in the doorway.- The fourth of five Rockhurst children, he was a handsome man with the trademark Rockhurst blond hair and blue eyes.- His hair was blond and cut close to his skull. - He was a handsome man, with blond hair and blue eyes and just enough rough edges to be interesting.- He and Bianca shared the same long face, sharp nose, and light brown hair that they’d inherited from Father.- Lady Rockhurst herself. She was coldly beautiful, with the signature blond hair and blue eyes the House was known for. Stop me when you spot the problem. Are we in an alternative universe where the Third Reich won WWII? If so, fine. But tell me why. Specially with a recessive gene like blue eyes. That shit is going out the window before the 3rd millennium. Because if you don't, then I can only assume you didn't realise as as you were writing it, and that is horrifying.All in all, it really is not a bad book, I feel that I am being unfair because I am disappointed with it, but I cannot find a way around these concerns.
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  • ☕️Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Ada von Hasenberg is the seventh child of the House von Hasenberg. Ada was to be offered into an arranged marriage with House Rockhurst but after witnessing her sister's horrible marriages, this strong-willed, kickass Hasenberg flees home and now has a bounty on her head. When she is captured on the boarding docks of another planet and taken aboard a merc ship, they place her in a cell with Marcus Loch, the Devil of Fornax Zero. His bounty rivals hers. There are rumors he murdered every commandi Ada von Hasenberg is the seventh child of the House von Hasenberg. Ada was to be offered into an arranged marriage with House Rockhurst but after witnessing her sister's horrible marriages, this strong-willed, kickass Hasenberg flees home and now has a bounty on her head. When she is captured on the boarding docks of another planet and taken aboard a merc ship, they place her in a cell with Marcus Loch, the Devil of Fornax Zero. His bounty rivals hers. There are rumors he murdered every commanding officer who issued orders during the Fornax Rebellion. All Ada knows for certain is that the Royal Consortium wants him dead.From the first chapter, Mihalik held me spellbound. This story is for fans of space operas with strong romantic elements, lots of snark and plenty of chemistry. The world was interesting with twists on familiar themes. It focuses on the Merc Houses living on Earth who run a monopoly on space commerce.  There were spaceships, cool gadgets, whole freaking' planets to explore and a kickass female lead who reminds me of Kate Daniels. Hells yes!Ada from outward appearances is strong, unyielding and has the qualities one expects from royalty, but on the inside she struggles, misses her siblings and has baggage from her first romance. The girl is smart, knows her weapons and her training as a Hasenberg means she can navigate and repair ships. I loved her sharp mind, quick wit and loyalty.Marcus Loch is our space Curran. Aside from being a one man killing machine who grunts and protects he is also cunning and noble. The more Mihalik peeled back his layers and shared his story the more I loved him.When Richard, the man Ada's father wants her to marry appears on the merc ship, Ada comes up with a plan to escape but she will have to trust Marcus and the tale that unfolds was intense with twists, turns and new friends. While I loved meeting people, learning more about the world, the Consortium and plants, it was Ada and Marcus who stole the show whenever they were on the page together. Snark and sexual chemistry melted my eardrums. It was so genuine it had me squealing with delight.The story ended in a good place but set us up for the series and I for one cannot wait! If you haven't already devoured this, I recommend listening. Emily Woo Zeller narrates, and she did such a stellar job. While I wasn't a fan of some of her male voices, she nailed Ada and Marcus in my humble opinion. I thought she did well enhancing the tone, emotions and action scenes as they unfolded. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. What can I say?  I LOVED Polaris Rising!  I enjoyed the characters, the world, the romance(s) and the narration.  It was all outstanding. I wanted to listen all the time. I stopped with about an hour left at bedtime which was a mistake because my mind raced with the story anyway.This trope reminds me a bit of Amanda Bouchet's Ni This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. What can I say?  I LOVED Polaris Rising!  I enjoyed the characters, the world, the romance(s) and the narration.  It was all outstanding. I wanted to listen all the time. I stopped with about an hour left at bedtime which was a mistake because my mind raced with the story anyway.This trope reminds me a bit of Amanda Bouchet's Nightchaser.   This is science fiction, space opera, with political family drama, bounty hunters, wars, and kickass women.  I chose to read because I saw it recommended by Ilona Andrews and Jeffe Kennedy, as well as some friends were reading.Ada is a fantastic character. She is so smart and strong. She is kind and compassionate to others, committed to her choices. She is more than willing to put herself at risk for her ideals and those she loves.  She is also very knowledgeable and well-trained.  I just loved her.We aren't in Loch's mind so much but he is a capable alpha male with a possessive streak. Both of them have been mistreated so trust is hard won. Ada and Loch are burning me up with the sexy!  It was well-written with the emotional relationship covered as well as the physical one.I enjoyed the supporting characters so much also. I don't know if villains are always a bit cliche because we rarely get their point of view, or because their motivations are simply selfish with no regard for anyone else. They show less personality aspects than the rest of the world.If you're looking for a smart, fast, action-packed fight for the good guys being used / abused by the selfish wealthy, look no further. I'm ready for the next book in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy, Aurora Blazing, projected for October 1, 2019, with a story featuring Ada's sister, Bianca. Narration: I've had the pleasure of listening to this narrator previously.  Her voices for all the characters, male or female was great.  I felt she was Ada and her Loch was very sexy.  There were slight differences for each of the characters so I could tell who was speaking. I listened to this one comfortably at 1.25 speed.Listen to a clip:https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us... 
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    I tend to shy away from science fiction books because the worlds and concepts can run right over my head. Still, there was something about Polaris Rising that got me intrigued. I'm so happy my gut told me to pick this book up! As it turns out, I just need my science fiction novels to have a strong romance for me to be invested, and Polaris Rising delivered on the romance front.This intergalactic adventure is told through the voice of Ada, a princess and the daughter of a powerful man. We find ou I tend to shy away from science fiction books because the worlds and concepts can run right over my head. Still, there was something about Polaris Rising that got me intrigued. I'm so happy my gut told me to pick this book up! As it turns out, I just need my science fiction novels to have a strong romance for me to be invested, and Polaris Rising delivered on the romance front.This intergalactic adventure is told through the voice of Ada, a princess and the daughter of a powerful man. We find out very soon that she is on the run from her home because her father is forcing her into an unwanted marriage. That's not the sort of life that Ada wants to continue on, so leads a life trying not to get captured. Until the day that the bounty on her head gets so high that everyone is on the lookout for her. I loved Ada's voice. She was the perfect sort of heroine for this kind of story. I imagine that you have to a certain amount of courage and ruthlessness to your personality to be on the run from your powerful father and your powerful fiancee. As more of the plot in Polaris Rising unfolded, we see the different facets of her personality, including her kindness and her genuine desire to help others. When she is first captured, she is put in a cell next to Marcus Loch, the galaxy's most wanted criminal. Together, they forge a way towards their escape. Marcus had that cocky hero act down to a tee. He was very piratey (if that's even a word), mysterious and very very sure of himself. Mihalik writes his character in a way that's appealing. Yes, the guy has certainly got an arrogant side, but he was easy to warm up to as he exposed more of his heart. This brings me to the romance. Holy chemistry! I was not expecting the sort of steaminess presented in this book and I have to say, it wasn't an unpleasant surprise at all. There were some strong hate/annoyance vibes at the beginning that I was totally there for, but then these two actually began to see how much in common they had. I was an absolute goner at this point. It was the perfect balance of hot and tender. Then, there were the plot and the world-building, both of which were first-rate. There was danger, lots of kick-butt action and plenty of twists and turns all throughout this novel. I liked how the Mihalik made the world so accessible to readers too. She doesn't bog you down with an overly complex world. In fact, I found much of the politics and the world building to be very easy to digest. Jessie Mihalik is clearly a talented author. Even the secondary cast in this book was well-developed. Also, I LOVE that this is going to be a companion series with each book featuring different couple. Readers will still need to read the series in order because there is an over-arching plotline.Polaris Rising is an exciting to start to the Consortium Rebellion series. I loved this first book and I will be eagerly waiting for more from this author. I definitely hope this book is on your radars, romance readers!
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  • Jeanny
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this. Looking forward to Bianca’s story in book 2. I will be following the series.
  • Jai
    January 1, 1970
    I think this was a 3.5 for me. The writing itself is great - very readable and the voice (1st person POV of the heroine) has a similar style to Ilona Andrews. Worldbuilding was good too - enough to keep the action going and interesting concept of ruling households in the future, and every world and ship in here was described in a way that I could imagine each setting a natural way.But I was so underwhelmed by how the romance was handled! The hero's muscles and physical prowess as focused on much I think this was a 3.5 for me. The writing itself is great - very readable and the voice (1st person POV of the heroine) has a similar style to Ilona Andrews. Worldbuilding was good too - enough to keep the action going and interesting concept of ruling households in the future, and every world and ship in here was described in a way that I could imagine each setting a natural way.But I was so underwhelmed by how the romance was handled! The hero's muscles and physical prowess as focused on much more than his personality. When he does interact with the heroine it's either to smirk and grin and call her darling and sweetheart (which she liked but I found irksome) or just kind of growl and smolder, act possessive in an immature way, and basically theres instalust and a lot of sex. The one thing that was good here is they take their time before finally having sex, but once they do the misunderstanding was kind of clunky and so was the follow up communication to resolve it. Basically the hero was the weakest part of this story.Everything else was right up my alley, and the secondary relationships were decently done so I'm interested in reading the next installment, which I think continues the plot but with the focus on a different sister. The hero seems different from this one so I'm open to it. I just hope that if book 1 is about Ada, and book 2 about Bianca, that book 3 isn't about the sister whose name starts with a C.
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  • Chanel
    January 1, 1970
    I just want to preface this by saying simply, yes. Yes, yes, yes. I came across this book because Ilona Andrews wrote about it on their blog pre-release and the description as well as the cover instantly drew me in. I recommended both my libraries to buy the book as soon as possible. I got lucky that the day after the book came out, I got the automatic hold email and the minute I could read, I devoured this book.It starts with Ada von Hasenburg on the run from her father. He tried to set her up I just want to preface this by saying simply, yes. Yes, yes, yes. I came across this book because Ilona Andrews wrote about it on their blog pre-release and the description as well as the cover instantly drew me in. I recommended both my libraries to buy the book as soon as possible. I got lucky that the day after the book came out, I got the automatic hold email and the minute I could read, I devoured this book.It starts with Ada von Hasenburg on the run from her father. He tried to set her up in an arranged marriage and she was not having that. Because she escaped, her father put a bounty on her head. Ada, however, is quite smart. She's very well versed in space engineering and she's able to flip between her royal facade and her regular self depending on whose company she's in. She ends up getting captured on a ship with a captain looking to collect the bounty and they lock her cell with the most notorious man in the universe, Marcus Loch. From there it became a race to escape even if it meant making friends with people who are supposed to be your enemy but also making new, cunning friends as well.I don't want to give too much away but I loved the whole book from beginning to end. It was very, VERY hard to put the book down. Every chapter end had me thirsty to read the next one. I absolutely loved Ada's personality. Not only is she a huge, intelligent nerd, she's also very street and common sense smart. The way she treated people with every decision she made was honest and I completely connected to her. I also loved Loch, Veronica and Rhys. I look forward to see what's going to happen next because the end left me with tons of questions but equally tons of anticipation. If you are looking for nice space adventure filled with action and steamy romance, this is it! Read it. Love it. Read it again. Trust me
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  • Has
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to be posted at The Book Pushers.Highly enjoyable sci-fi romance, with an engaging heroine who is smart and resourceful. The world building was rich and detailed and the SF elements was well thought out. I also enjoyed the romance which was tension filled and sexy although I did felt the resolution at the end was a bit rushed with its development. However this is a fantastic start to this series and Jessie Mihalik is definitely an author to watch out for!
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  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    January 1, 1970
    Review posted on Got Fiction?Someone recommended I read Polaris Rising, and while I don't really read Sci Fi, I was really intrigued by the plot, add the fact it's Sci Fi Romance, and I wanted to give it a shot. I'm trying to read more authors than just my favorites.This books starts out strong. A fight, a capture, an escape, and a kiss.Ada is on the run. Her father wants her to marry someone from a rival house, and he didn't take her seriously when she said she would not marry the man he'd pick Review posted on Got Fiction?Someone recommended I read Polaris Rising, and while I don't really read Sci Fi, I was really intrigued by the plot, add the fact it's Sci Fi Romance, and I wanted to give it a shot. I'm trying to read more authors than just my favorites.This books starts out strong. A fight, a capture, an escape, and a kiss.Ada is on the run. Her father wants her to marry someone from a rival house, and he didn't take her seriously when she said she would not marry the man he'd picked. So she ran. She lived as a mercenary and it wasn't until her father put the universe's biggest bounty ever on her head, that she was finally captured.But when she's captured, she doesn't go quietly. For her efforts, they toss her in a cell with another bounty they've captured. Marcus Loch had previously held the honor of highest bounty in the universe until Ada. Being locked in the same cell is intriguing. She's working on an escape plan and once she realizes who he is, she knows she needs him. Their escape isn't easy and neither is surviving.The man who tries to pay her bounty turned out to be her would-be fiance, and she knows something more is going on than a worried man bringing his would-be fiancee home. There's trouble brewing and he basically threatens an intergalactic war, if she doesn't marry him. Because that's normal. The two of them were friends growing up, but he's changed, and not for the better.Marcus Loch becomes more than just her guide/ticket out of there.I've read this book twice already. I mean that alone should be my review. I grew up reading Sci Fi and Fantasy. It's what my dad had in his office, it's what my friends read. I craved books, and my dad had thousands...One fortuitous camping trip when I was 13, I found Harlequins and spent 3 days binge reading them. I've never been able to go back to Sci Fi. And then this book happened.I think that even if you aren't a science fiction fan, that this book will work for you. I also think that if you are a Sci Fi fan, you'll love this book. I've been telling everyone on Twitter and in real life that they should read this book. But usually I'm saying it in shouty capitals. ;)***ARC courtesy of Harper Collins via Edelweiss
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    As the fifth of six children Ada's main purpose in life was always to marry into one of the other prominent houses so that her father, the head of the von Hasenberg, could place a spy in an enemy camp. Her father doesn't care that it would be a loveless marriage and that she'd be miserable, he just sees it as her duty to her family. Ada isn't quite so willing to go along with his plans though and she's spent the last couple of years on the run, hiding as a mercenary and taking whatever jobs she As the fifth of six children Ada's main purpose in life was always to marry into one of the other prominent houses so that her father, the head of the von Hasenberg, could place a spy in an enemy camp. Her father doesn't care that it would be a loveless marriage and that she'd be miserable, he just sees it as her duty to her family. Ada isn't quite so willing to go along with his plans though and she's spent the last couple of years on the run, hiding as a mercenary and taking whatever jobs she can just to survive.Now her father has lost patience with her though and placing a huge bounty on her head left her vulnerable to any lowlife who just wants to collect the cash. Taken prisoner she is thrown in a cell with another notorious and high value prisoner Marcus Loch. Ada will do whatever it takes to escape before she's taken back to her father and if that means allying herself with another prisoner then that's what she'll do. She doesn't trust Loch but neither of them stand a chance of escaping alone so they'll have to work together in the short term at least.Polaris Rising was such a fun read and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was the perfect blend of sci-fi world building and romance with plenty of action, great characters and hot chemistry. Ada is a brilliant character who is both smart and fierce, she has no intention of getting caught by her father or her unwanted fiancé and she will do whatever it takes to figure out why House Rockhurst are so eager for the marriage to go through. Loch is the kind of mysterious alpha who I find it very hard to resist, it's obvious he has secrets and I enjoyed unravelling some of the layers to find out more about his past. Ada and Loch fit together really well, they balance each other out as a couple and even when they have a big misunderstanding they're both adult enough to talk things through rather than just act without thinking.This is a romance so that is a large focus of the story but there was plenty of other things going on too. The romance is fairly slow build and completely believable and the action and mystery kept me on my toes while I was reading. I'd be very happy to read more books with Ada and Loch as the main characters but I'm also excited that the next book stars Ada's sister Bianca. The next book is definitely at the top of my wish list and Jessie Mihalik is an author to watch out for.
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  • Anali
    January 1, 1970
  • Karina Read
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 - I really, really enjoyed this sexy sci-fi space romp! I’m a fantasy girl through and through, but occasionally a little sci-fi gem infiltrates my orbit & I am helpless to resist. A pattern is emerging though, i definitely enjoy my sci-fi heavily laced with romance. What can i say, i just love it. Stun guns, space ships, genetically modified super humans, plots within plots, jilted heirs, secrets & lies within the high houses and all of it scattered over the ‘verse, Polaris Rising h 4.5 - I really, really enjoyed this sexy sci-fi space romp! I’m a fantasy girl through and through, but occasionally a little sci-fi gem infiltrates my orbit & I am helpless to resist. A pattern is emerging though, i definitely enjoy my sci-fi heavily laced with romance. What can i say, i just love it. Stun guns, space ships, genetically modified super humans, plots within plots, jilted heirs, secrets & lies within the high houses and all of it scattered over the ‘verse, Polaris Rising has it all. Really great characters and fabulous writing, i was hooked from page one and never wanted it to end. Even down to the little things, i for one appreciated Ada’s desire for shampoo after a few days of roughing it & the scenes where she rubbed grit from her eyes. It added a lovely layer of authenticity to already great writing. Although there were the occasional ‘of’s that could have been removed, but that could be a British thing. While i’m sad the sequel will be focused on a new pair, i’m sure i’ll still get a good dose of Loch, Ada, Veronica & Rhys to keep me happy. I particularly liked how good Ada was with numbers... if you know, you know. Strongly recommend to anyone who likes fast paced, fun stories set in fantasy/space worlds with strong likeable characters & a romantic twist. Gimme more please :)
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  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    January 1, 1970
    Well this one was underwhelming.I walked into this intrigued by the premise—space princess gets captured and makes a bargain with space outlaw and they eventually steal a space ship and go into space—but this is a standard romcom with all of the tropes of romancelandia and little of the charm, and reminds me why I am so leery of the genre when it doesn't involve an LGBTQIA+ element (view spoiler)[no, I am not talking m/m fetishized written by women. (hide spoiler)]I want to start off with—straig Well this one was underwhelming.I walked into this intrigued by the premise—space princess gets captured and makes a bargain with space outlaw and they eventually steal a space ship and go into space—but this is a standard romcom with all of the tropes of romancelandia and little of the charm, and reminds me why I am so leery of the genre when it doesn't involve an LGBTQIA+ element (view spoiler)[no, I am not talking m/m fetishized written by women. (hide spoiler)]I want to start off with—straight people, are you okay??Blink twice if no.Perhaps because I listened to the audiobook, the voices the narrator used annoyed the hell out of me. Ada's voice was all over the place—poised and confident, whiney, scared, terrified, lusty, unsure, etc. It mimicked her character of a woman who knew exactly what she wanted and was capable of her abilities...until the second Loch came into the picture and she had to become the little woman. Loch's voice was like his personality—low, bland and sounding bored. Reese's was...oh yikes. Nasal does not even begin to describe it. Everyone else was pretty much forgettable. Like her voice, Ada's personality was all over the place. Perhaps this was because she was constantly pulling on her public persona, a phrase that was used no less than 1 million times. This is not an exaggeration. However, since her public persona differed very little from what she would or wouldn't say while not in her...public persona, it just made me more annoyed than anything. She did have a lot of personality, but whatever she had was wiped away whenever Loch was within 10 meters of her.As for Loch. This dude exhibited toxic masculinity to a T. He's the biggest, baddest, strongest guy ever, who becomes weirdly possessive of and lusty for Ada without really any connection or conversation between them. Their chemistry felt very forced, particularly when I take no shit from no man Ada is on the receiving end of a very much assualty kiss and...just melts into it. And aside from his possessiveness towards Ada and his hotness for her, Locke had like, no personality beyond that. Sure, he's got a sob story of all sob stories and knows just about everyone in the 'verse, but dude has no personality. No quirks. No redeeming factors or conversation starters beyond sharing of his past or talking about how much he wants to fuck Ada. He's just an erection with muscles.The two had a weird chemistry that manifested out of nowhere (seeing a naked dude in chains would inspire more pity/concern/fear from me than lust, but hey your kink's your kink I guess?), and little to no actual conversations to further their relationship. It went from 0 to 100 without anything in between.To the sex, since really the plot didn't exactly matter. As soon as they get the ship you know pretty much where this story is going—onto D-town and then back, with some politicking and rotating captures and rescues to feel like "hard" sci-fi...pun intended.I mean, I guess the sex was hot?I haven't had hetero sex in...quite some time, so perhaps it's normal for dudes to thrust their tongues in and out of a gal's mouth like he's wielding a tongue-phallus? And dudes can stay hard enough after orgasming to keep their dingle-dangle inside their lady, pick her up (still inside her) and carry her over and lay her onto the bed (again, still inside, still post-cum hard). I guess I was fucking the wrong dudes. (view spoiler)[Not that it would make one bit of difference. Lesbian sex. Try it my women-identifying friends. (hide spoiler)]And while I'm glad that Ada was very much in tune with her own needs (home girl pleasured herself to get that extra bit of satisfaction....hells yes!), NSFW bits to follow (view spoiler)[during their first sexy time girl came literally by Loch tweaking her nipple and sliding one finger over her clit...once. Granted, there was some kissy smoochy time before that and a little more nipple play, but still. (hide spoiler)]It felt unrealistic, but then again...hetero sex. Who knows how it's done now?Anywho, this was okay but not mind-blowing, and ultimately it just wasn't for me.
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    Earth was depleted of resources and humans went to space and settled on other planets/space stations. Three prominent Houses (families) have form the Consortium. I’ve been reading a lot of historical romance, so it makes me think of the Ton of Regency England, except with people that actually work and a lot more bloodshed. But backstabbing and passive aggressive insults never go out of style. Ada von Fancyname (it’s in the description and yes, I’m too lazy to look it up) has been on the run from Earth was depleted of resources and humans went to space and settled on other planets/space stations. Three prominent Houses (families) have form the Consortium. I’ve been reading a lot of historical romance, so it makes me think of the Ton of Regency England, except with people that actually work and a lot more bloodshed. But backstabbing and passive aggressive insults never go out of style. Ada von Fancyname (it’s in the description and yes, I’m too lazy to look it up) has been on the run from her family. She captured by bounty hunters and put in a locked cell with Loch. Loch is a dangerous prisoner, and while Ada doesn’t trust him, they become temporary allies to escape. While on the run, Ada discovers a conspiracy about another House and decides to investigate it. I really liked the world building in this book. There are no infodumps, the setting is expounded as the plot progresses. The romance was very nice. There’s immediate attraction but no “my hormones have taken over and I’m going to make incredibly dumb decisions that are out of character”. I really liked Ada. She’s strong and capable, but she’s really likable. Also I liked the relationship between Ada and her siblings. Her parents pitted them against each other, but they are all close because of it. This book wraps up Ada and Loch’s romance, and it looks like the series will continue with Ada’s sister in the next book. This book will go over well with fans of Nightchaser. If you’re wanting a sci-fi romance with a strong heroine, give this book a try.
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