Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Corporal Jacqs Glebov is a simple soldier who wants a bunk, decent food and the company of other battle-hardened men and women who understand the realities of fighting. Instead he’s stuck patrolling a remote corner of the border with cadets straight out of boot camp. They don’t understand him, and he sure doesn’t have an ounce of respect for them.
After a field promotion, Earth sends Commander Zeke Waters to the Candiru for some practical experience in a leadership role. Instead, Zeke falls in lust with the adamantly heterosexual Jacqs. The way Jacqs fights and the way he sees the world draws Zeke closer, even if common sense tells him to walk away.
Even if they can find a way to find to reconcile their sexual differences, they are both still soldiers. The war will eventually take them away from each other unless they can find a way to escape the rules that have defined their lives.
Turbulence is the extended version of a Love Has No Boundaries story called “The Only Way Out Is In” (the short story actually serves as the beginning of the novel). The story prompt for that piece of work references the character Jayne, from Joss Whedon’s tv series, Firefly. I love sci-fi, I love Firefly and I love Jayne Cobb. He is brash, aggressive and unapologetic.
Jaqs isn’t quite the same man, and this is not a Firefly fanfic, but I could hear his voice throughout the book. It added something for me and increased my enjoyment. Even though Jaqs is not a sympathetic character to begin with, he quickly won me over. Jaqs and Zeke complimented each other so well. Jaqs is straightforward and blunt and Zeke is diplomatic. I loved that Jaqs wasn’t one to quibble over facts; when presented with evidence of truth, he went with it.
The book, itself, is a space opera classic! Interesting evil aliens, space station bar fights, shoot outs, sexual tension, and humour all came together to make for a great read. It was not without its faults. I found it a little long in places; some of the crew interactions were repetitive and tedious; and I didn’t get why we were all obsessed by everyone’s sexuality status in the future. However, the two alpha males coming together were hot and the action intense.
The ending wasn’t one I saw coming and I appreciated the happily-ever-after that they got, even though it wasn’t conventional.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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