For killing his husband, Rook is sent to B-226—an alien planet populated by deadly creatures, where the average life expectancy for a prisoner is three weeks. Rook is relieved by the sentence—all he wants is to die and rejoin his husband.Upon arrival on B-226, Rook is partnered with Stevie, who has beaten the odds and survived for several months. Rook is drawn to Stevie inFor killing his husband, Rook is sent to B-226—an alien planet populated by deadly creatures, where the average life expectancy for a prisoner is three weeks. Rook is relieved by the sentence—all he wants is to die and rejoin his husband.Upon arrival on B-226, Rook is partnered with Stevie, who has beaten the odds and survived for several months. Rook is drawn to Stevie in a way he didn't expect in the aftermath of losing his husband. Before Rook can untangle the mess of his emotions, the already deadly situation on B-226 worsens, plunging Rook and Stevie into an even more desperate struggle to survive.♦ 73,000 words...
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This story had the potential to be something thrilling & exciting(especially based on the blurb) but unfortunately it wasn’t. I doubt this was a romance book(despite the physical intimacy) or even a proper sci-fi book(aside the space travel) as it didn't read like either genres. It had a great premise: Imagine two prisoners on a far away dangerous, monster-infested , mineral-rich alien planet where the life expectancy of the prison population is 3 weeks or less. What would happen to our MCs and how do they survive? Will they even survive enough to fall in love?Interesting right? However, there was a disconnect with how the blurb read and how the story actually panned out. The alien planet in question: B-226, was fascinating at first but the continuous, narration of the day to day lives of the two MCs did more harm than good. It turned the initial fascination into plain boredom for me. I would have been more satisfied with a one-time explanation of what they faced daily, then any exceptions thereafter.For more than 75% of the book, this routine of the MCs was more or less the same and after the “big event” when I expected a smidge of adrenaline-inducing excitement, nothing happened.Another opportunity to salvage the story came and went by in the last 3 or so chapters but once again it was squandered.Also, I didn’t believe any connection the MCs felt went beyond mutual gratitude from watching each other’s backs and seeing each other as avenues for sating their body’s urges. It seemed that at every point in the story, one MC was tip toeing around the other and would rather be quiet and suffer in silence than communicate, which irked me. They also didn't bother finding out about each other and as such, I as a reader also didn't know much about them. That above all, was my biggest let down about this book.*****ARC Graciously Provided By Publisher In Exchange For An Honest, Unbiased Review*****
2.5This book has an interesting blurb. Man gets sent to a prison planet, is partnered with a slightly more experienced prisoner, and feels drawn to him. That's the basics of the blurb. It's also the basics of the book. There is almost nothing more to the book than is in the blurb, which is fine, except that the book is 218 pages long. That is nowhere near enough plot to fill 218 pages. Nowhere. Near. Enough. The book is just FAR TOO LONG for the plot points it contains and the last 1/4 or so of it is just almost completely tell about what happens after....well, after the book should have ended. The copy editing is pretty good, but there are a few consistency problems. (Hopefully those get cleaned up in the final edit. I read an ARC.) But there are some frankly ridiculous occurrences that I can't really discuss without spoilers—finding things they need conveniently abandoned or knowing things immediately from little available information—that sort of stuff. But the occurrences and decision that get them off the planet and home was just more than I could believe. (view spoiler)[The government does not just suddenly decide to let prisoners they've convicted with death go free! I don't care what favor you did or what new information was miraculously discovered.(hide spoiler)]I appreciate that Strange death with depression, PTSD and readjustment after the characters went through something traumatic. And I didn't hate the book. But I think it needed to be pared down quite a bit.
I received this book for a review from NetGalley as I already have some of the Zombie series yet to read.I’ve been drawn to this story and the character Rook. A quiet large man, intelligent and given to quietness, he’s being sent to B226 for the murder of his husband Carlo.On this planet are a broad range of dangerous creatures that he and a partner are tasked with destroying while miners in caves they protect can work in safety. His partner is a man called Stevie who is small, agile and friendly considering the danger they face daily.Rook is still grieving quite hard for his husband and at first ignores his attraction to Stevie as he’s not ready.It’s a slow build but well worth it while Rook deals with his own grief and issues. They have a strong relationship on the planet but it struggles once they are retrieved and back on Earth.A wonderful book from a great author.
I wouldn’t call this book a romance. It’s more of an adventure with sex thrown in. And it’s sci-fi, really good sci-fi.Rook has been sent to a planet full of deadly creatures as punishment for killing his husband. Rook would just as soon die so he could join his husband Carlo in the afterlife but his natural survival instincts kick in. He’s partnered with the wily Stevie, who has become adept at escaping the umbrella bats and dragons, so they both live longer than the three weeks they were expected to survive.This is excellent world building, creative, suspenseful, and engaging. I enjoyed the book very much.