Book Reviews

Adrift (Staying Afloat 1) by Isabelle Adler at NineStar Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Other Planets / Outer Space / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 30-January-2017

Book Blurb

Some jobs are just too good to be true.


Captain Matt Spears learns this the hard way after a mysterious employer hires his ship to hunt down an ancient alien artifact but insists on providing his own pilot. Ryce Faine is handsome and smart, but Matt has rarely met anyone more obnoxious. With tensions running high, it isn’t until they are attacked by the hostile Alraki that Matt grudgingly begins to respect Ryce’s superior skills, respect that transforms into a tentative attraction.


Little did he know that their biggest challenge would be reaching their destination, an abandoned alien base located on a distant moon amid a dense asteroid field. But when Matt learns that Ryce isn’t completely who he says he is and the artifact is more than he bargained for, he is faced with a difficult choice. One that might change the balance of forces in the known galaxy.


Matt doesn’t take well to moral dilemmas; he prefers the easy way out. But that might not be possible anymore, when his past comes back to haunt him at the worst possible moment. When faced with a notorious pirate carrying a personal grudge, the fragile connection Matt has formed with Ryce might be the only thing that he can count on to save them both.


Book Review

“When something sounds too good to be true…. it probably is.” This adage may be very right, and would save tons of people from disaster, but an adventurer at heart, like Matt in this story, or someone desperate for a well-paid job, again, like Matt, will not listen to this type of reasoning, no matter how helpful it is or how much trouble he could have avoided. And, in the end, I am grateful he didn’t listen – or I would have missed a great space adventure!

Matt hates authority, and being the captain of his own ship, even if he mostly skirts at the edge of the law when he accepts various types of cargo, suits him very well. So when a mysterious new client hires Matt’s ship and insists on providing his own pilot, Matt is initially annoyed at having to accept someone else’s authority, even if only temporarily. But he can’t resist the lure of excellent payment, so he ends up going for it. The result is an adventure of galactic proportions!

Ryce, the “pilot on loan” has more secrets than is healthy. As his background slowly emerges, it becomes clear he has a very interesting past. But since Matt is in dire need of qualified help as their mission to find an alien artifact becomes more and more dangerous, he can only be grateful for the help. This leads Matt to increasingly respect Ryce and that puts his initial interest, purely based on physical attraction and a need for a “diversion”, onto a different level. But the real trouble isn’t Matt’s budding relationship with Ryce – it’s what they discover the artifact to be and the moral dilemma Matt faces around what to do with it. The situation gives Matt a run for his money. It also provided me with suspense and some great entertainment.

If you like discovering details about mysterious aliens who may be long extinct but have left behind some dangerous items, if you want to find out how two men who seem to have very little in common learn to get along, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful science fiction story full of discoveries and unexpected obstacles, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 184 pages/66000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-January-2017
Price $5.49 ebook
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