The Lily and the Crown by Roslyn Sinclair

I tend to shy away a bit from sci-fi. It’s not that I don’t like the genre, I do, but I’m always leery because for the most part, I want the romance, I’m not so much into the world building razzle-dazzle that can often times pull my focus from character interaction. When I came across the premise for The Lily and the Crown by Roslyn Sinclair I felt a pull towards this book. Maybe it’s the cover, maybe the botanist aspect, whatever it was I was ready to take a chance on it. Oh my, I am so glad I did. Sinclair is a rockstar and wow did she ever write a story.

The book is very much a romance. The sci-fi theme only furthers the love story even further. If you’re holding back because of that don’t jump in, and get ready for your heart to be stolen. This is an amazing book with characters that a vibrant and captivating.

Ari Geiker is a botanist who spends the majority of her time alone with her plants. She shies away from human contact and she feels like an outsider. Raised by a father, who is military to his core and has little to do with his child, she found solace for her loneliness in plants. She has resigned herself to this lifestyle. Her whole world is thrown out of whack when a slave is given to her.

Assistant, this is what the slave will allow Ari to call her, has been captured by Ari’s father’s forces. The sole survivor on a pirate ship she has been given to Ari for companionship. Ari has never wanted anyone to be in her quarters and is repulsed that a slave would be awarded to her. Assistant, is stunned by Ari’s kindness, generosity and that she is a champion for her. They form a reluctant friendship that evolves over time. There is a whole lot more to Assistant, I’ll let you find that revelation out on your own.

This book is sweet, it’s genuine and at times it is downright sexy. The relationship builds and builds and as the reader, I could not get enough. This grabs you and holds you, you are invested to the final sentence. This book is beyond good!

5 out of 5 stars


Rulebreaker by Cathy Pegau

Futuristic crime! Okay I can dig that especially if I can grab that book for less than $2.00.  Let it be known that this book is a gem at this price point. You literally cannot find one that is better.

Liv Braxton is straight up a thief. Oh no, she is not going to steal your purse or wallet, that’s small time. She is going to rob your bank! This bad girl is unapologetically ruthless. She takes what she needs and the bigger the payoff the better. So when offered to score mega bucks on a corporate heist, she is all in, even if she has to work with her ex-husband.

Zia Talbot is the corporate mark. She is the one that Liv needs to become besties with and get all the precious knowledge from. She holds the key to millions of dollars just waiting to be stolen my Liv and her unscrupulous partners. All is going to plan until Zia captures Liv’s heart.

I really liked this book, but I could not fall in love with it. The main issue that I had is you know so much about Liv but I felt a bit isolated from Zia. I wanted to know more about her and what made her tick. She was set-up as very interesting character but everything was basically surface after that. I also thought a few of the sub-characters played too much of a role. Overall this is definitely worthy of your time. This is a sci-fi that is not overly world building but more focused on a thief with a good heart.

3.25 stars out of 5

by Cathy Pegau

Finding Hekate by Kellie Doherty

Science fiction isn’t my favorite. I often have a hard time expanding my little brain and falling into make believe worlds of sectors, quadrants, and intergalactic planets.  With that being said, I know that there are amazing books out there that in this genre, I just often just skip over them. I am so glad that I did not pass on Finding Hekate by Kellie Doherty. This book is outstanding! The sci-fi book has romance, crime, drama, tragedy all rolled into one. Oh it was good!

Captain Mia Foley has had nothing but tragedy in her life. Her childhood was marred as her entire family and small community were killed by an evil villain, the leader of the Acedians. This monster, Charles Donivan, boarded her family’s shuttle craft and murdered everyone, only the teenaged Mia survived. Before her escape however, Mia was tortured endlessly and branded by this maniacal man. The dark and broody Mia has had to spend the next years running from his people as they ruthlessly hunt her and kill anyone she meets. While she should be still on the move, she cannot for the life of her break free from the friendships she has developed with her new crew, especially her first mate Cassidy Gates.

Cassidy is keenly intelligent. She watches Mia, and has learned a lot about the captain in the six months they have been working together. Cassidy’s easy manner and good humor has endeared her to everyone, even the somber Mia. She works to pull the true manner from the captain and changes her for the better. Cassidy hasn’t had an easy life either. Maybe they see this in one another and are bonded by the pain they both have endured. Cassidy is a ray of light in Mia’s dark existence. Their interactions are sweet and heartfelt. You can literally feel their unspoken love for one another.

This book pulls you in right from the get go. I was totally engrossed in this book fairly early in Finding Hekate and I had no intention of putting it down. What makes this book so good is it is so multifaceted and smart. It has a strong romance. Mia and Cassidy’s push and pull towards each other is very well done. You really feel for Mia and the horrible way she had had to live to escape capture from the Acedians. She has had to make tough decisions to continue, she is not without remorse. The blame and guilt she feels is gut wrenching at times, but as the reader, it gives you so much insight into the character and you become her champion. I love books that make you feel and this is definitely one of them.  This is a sci-fi book yes, but it is so much more too. I highly recommend this one!

5 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher:Desert Palm Press

Finding Hekate (Cicatrix Duology Book 1)
by Kellie Doherty