Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/26/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Carter Evans is founder and editor-in-chief of Astounding!—a formerly popular spec fiction magazine currently in its death throes. Not only can he do nothing to save it, but stuck in a rathole apartment with few interpersonal connections, he can’t seem to do much to rescue his future either. And certainly all the booze isn’t helping. He snaps when he receives yet another terrible story submission from the mysterious writer J. Harper—and in a drunken haze, Carter sends Harper a rejection letter he soon regrets.
J. Harper turns out to be John Harper, a sweet man who resembles a ’50s movie star and claims to be an extraterrestrial. Despite John’s delusions, Carter’s apology quickly turns into something more as the two lonely men find a powerful connection. Inexplicably drawn to John, Carter invites him along on a road trip. But as they travel, Carter is in for some big surprises, some major heartbreak… and just maybe the promise of a good future after all.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with Astounding!. I’ve loved previous works by Kim Fielding so knew that I was sure to enjoy it, whatever “it” was. The cover with the RV and the knowledge that Carter worked on a Sci-Fi magazine made me think alien chasers and Roswell. This was not that.
What this was, however, was a journey of self-discovery and finding love. That sounds clichéd, but I found Astounding unique and fun. John is an alien unlike most and so sweet. Carter is a little tarnished and worn down, but John brings out the best in him. Together they are electric.
I really liked Keith and Freddy, they were good and supporting friends. I also liked the cameo of Ery and Karl from Ms Fieldings book Bone Dry. It was nice to check in on them.
I found a few spots in the book dragged, but other than that it was quite engaging. Overall a very enjoyable book.
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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