The Tide of War by Lori A Witt ~ Book Review by Teresa

TideOfWar_500x750Title: The Tide of War

Author: Lori A Witt

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/22/2015

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Bisexual, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Science Fiction

Blurb:

Lieutenant Commander Kyle West is one of Earth Fleet’s greatest fighter pilots. Every day, he leads his squadron into battle over Earth’s cities in a seemingly endless war against a vicious alien race, defending his home and his loved ones.

Millions of miles away, the Fleet’s Elite Squadron attacks from another angle, engaging the enemy on its home turf. Casualties are high, and the Squadron needs more of the Fleet’s very best. But joining the Elite is a death sentence—a surety Kyle isn’t willing to face. Until a devastating attack wipes out the family he refused to leave.

Commander Andrei Dezhnyov, an Elite Squadron gunner, isn’t sure what to make of the cocky new American pilot. Kyle is equally uncertain about the snarly Russian, but as they warm up to each other, their tentative alliance becomes a deep bond—one that endangers them both when a daring and disobedient rescue reveals secrets that call into question everything they’ve ever believed about their enemy. Secrets that their superiors would kill to protect.
– See more at: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/tide-of-war#sthash.U2kf8hpo.dpuf

My View:

Tide of War was a stellar sci-fi novel, although it did have a few flaws. The narrative was smooth and the action was fast paced, but the romance was a little rough and the female characters, though strong and kick ass, were treated poorly in the end.

From the beginning I had a sense that all was not right with the way things were, and I questioned myself several times as to whether I was paranoid or looking into things. However, I was right and it lead to an amazing twist in the story.

I really liked Andrei and his wife’s relationship as a team, so found it clichéd that bisexual meant that Andrei needed a man in his bed as well. Does that mean if a man likes blondes and brunettes, he needs one of each to be satisfied? Or, a better analogy, he likes big women (or men) and smaller ones, so needs one of each. But, whatever; that is the way their marriage worked. It enabled the romance of the story to be set up. I just dislike this portrayal of bisexuality.

On relationships and sex, there is virtually no sex in this book. Brief “they f*cked hard” statements and kissing is all you get, but be warned that it is for both the m/f and the m/m pairing. I would have liked some on screen time between Andrei and Kyle, and given the circumstances, I think it would have helped sell their relationship and intimacy. As it is, I felt it would have been a better book if their relationship had just been great friends joined by their losses, but then it wouldn’t have fit into the m/m romance category, though it still would be lgbt as it had gay, lesbian and bisexual characters.

On the topic of the female characters, they were pillars for their guys, but in the end, I didn’t like how they were dealt with. I can’t say more without giving away spoilers, but it felt like they were treated as if they were just in the way.

However, the atmosphere of the book, the battle scenes and the way the planet is described. The emotions of loss and frustration, of betrayal, all come screaming through and grab you. This is not a light book, but I enjoyed it overall. Definitely try it out for yourself!

Links

The Tide of War on Goodreads
Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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