At Star’s End is a rip-roaring space opera from sci fi romance author Anna Hackett. First in The Phoenix Adventures series, this novella sets the scene for the rest by introducing us to the hunky Phoenix brothers – three men in the space salvage business. Dathan Phoenix takes the lead in At Star’s End, clashing brilliantly with Doctor Eos Rai, who’s dumped her Insitute friends in preference for the brothers, hoping to finish her mother’s dream of finding the long-lost Star’s End and the treasures it allegedly holds.
Though Eos has a tendency of getting into scraps – she manages to get kidnapped three times – she remains a strong character; looking to get herself out of trouble rather than sitting around waiting for rescue (though this happens as well). Her attraction to Dathan is immediate, and she doesn’t hang around waiting for him to make the first move either.
Against the backdrop of their relationship, the hunt for Star’s End is an exciting, thrill-packed ride. There are slavers and pirates, sand storms and monsters, and a hard treasure hunter by the name of Nera Darc, who I highly suspect will feature largely in one of the sequel stories.
I’m greatly looking foward to read that. 😉
This book was provided by the author for an honest review.
Release Date: 31 March, 2014
Genre: Sci fi romance
Primary Book Format: e-book
Publisher/Imprint: Carina Press
Smart Girls Rating: 4 stars
Blurb: Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long-lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star’s End–the last known location of the masterpiece–she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, refuses to back her expedition. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy, a man she finds infuriating, annoying and far too tempting.
Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. With his brothers by his side, he takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like their father. When the gorgeous Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble, but he’s lured into a hunt that turns into a wild and dangerous adventure. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to…but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment?