Romance Science Fiction

Read The Commanders’ Mate

Read The Commanders’ Mate (Interstellar Brides Program, #15) by Grace Goodwin

Commander Karter is a Prillon Warrior. His first duty is to protect his people, to defend the Coalition worlds from a fate too terrible to comprehend. Battle is his life. His heart. He fights. He has never once been selfish enough to believe he deserved an Interstellar Bride. Until he’s matched at the worst possible time!

Astronomer Erica Roberts has always dreamed of seeing the stars. Volunteering as an Interstellar Bride is a win-win, not only will she be able to see the galaxy, but she’s more than ready to take on the two alien warriors she’s been promised. She’s all in. But when she transports directly into the aftermath of a battle, she quickly learns this won’t be an easy match. Her two commanders are torn between battling the Hive and battling their need for her…

If a new Hive weapon can destroy a Coalition battlegroup in the space of a single heartbeat, what will it do to Commander Karter’s match? And how is he and his second supposed to keep their mate safe if they can’t even save themselves?

Was in the mood for a light read, decided to try a book from a new to me SFR author. 15th in the series but fine as a standalone.

I was a little surprised at how steamy the second chapter was after the grimness of the first chapter. Overall this was very steamy. I would have preferred more character development and having the characters get to know each other better. But the condensed timeline and short page count didn’t leave space for that. The pace was quick throughout with no dragging bits. But all the scenes were well fleshed out unlike another new SFR series I tried recently.

Interesting to read all three POVs, it was balanced well between all three so you could follow their emotions.

I wanted the heroine to have a better contribution to the plot, she pitched in but in a way that felt a bit goofy. She’s written a little doofy. She has a master’s degree in astronomy, yet thinks she will see the same constellations from space as from Earth? No.

Technically just over 200 pages but it felt short so I’m classing it as a novella.

By Tracy Durnell

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