Monday, June 29, 2015

Roark by Jacqueline Rhoades

Title:  Roark
Series:  Women of Earth #1
Author:  Jacqueline Rhoades
Publication Date:  June 28/15 by Jacqueline Rhoades
Length:  385pgs
Genre:  SciFi romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

The people of planet Earth have suffered the tides of war for six long years, but it’s not their war. Earth is the battleground for the thousand year conflict between the invading Hahnshin and the Godan warriors of the Galactic Confederation.

Mira Donazetto’s only concern is for her family’s survival, so when she’s offered work as a translator for the Godan, she jumps at the chance and right into the arms of the new First Commander, Roark. Her heart says she should trust this alien warrior, but how can she when he has the power to take away everything she holds dear.

Roark’s new command post is a disaster with a long list of problems that he must address, including dissension among his officers. The last thing he needs is to have his heart touched by a woman who may be a traitor.

It’s a whole new world and a whole new love story in a whole new series called Women of Earth.

My Review:

Political intrigue, interplanetary wars, and romance rule the day in this unforgettable start to Rhoades’ new series. The world came to life, allowing readers to picture all of it while at the same time allowing your imagination to run wild. The intricate plot wove its way in and among a variety of different aspects of the story, keeping you on your toes.

Rhoades develops her characters both physically and emotionally, giving reader the full picture of all races and individuals involved. They were absolutely unforgettable. Their sharp personality and witty banter was fantastic. The chemistry between the main characters was so real and palpable.

The cultural and historical development of the peoples of this novel was fantastic. Rhoades introduces reader to many of their cultural practices, while highlighting the differences and similarities of the species that we meet. The Godan history that we encounter throughout was completely fascinating. The twist on Viking history & mythology was great. I found it an intriguing addition to the story that helped me understand the Godan better. I also enjoyed the multiple races that we encountered throughout the novel & the fact that it wasn’t simply humans vs aliens, but rather a complex mixing and mingling.

This novel is a brilliant start to Rhoades’ new series. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, nor can I wait to see what comes next.

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