Retribution (Alliance #1) by Jambrea Jo Jones ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

retributionTitle: Retribution (Alliance #1)

Author: Jambrea Jo Jones

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: April Martinez

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/23/2010

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction


Retribution: Is love worth the cost?

Rave Anders lost everything – his job, his lover, and part of his soul. Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, it’s taken him years to build up a respectable intergalactic transport business. Pulled into a web of intrigue and espionage, Rave is forced to face ex-lover Kain Sims, the one man he no longer trusts.

On a mission for the Alliance, Kain must convince Rave the fate of a world rests in both their hands. Kain needs Rave to help to destroy a deadly weapon before it can be used to eradicate a planet. But that’s the easy part; the hard part is making Rave believe he never wanted to leave him in the first place.

Can they save a world and reclaim the love they once shared, in a galaxy of deception?

My View:

I always love a good second chance romance. That this one was smack dab in the middle of some intergalactic adventure, bring it on!

Overall I have to say I enjoyed this story but I feel that maybe it took on too much for its wordcount. Rave was a likable character and totally garnered my sympathy, but there was too little of Kain shown and I never developed a connection to him. He came across as almost too stupid to live and I never really felt the “love” he professed to have for Rave. To be honest, I never really felt most of the emotions or tension that were spoken of. It had a bit of that soap opera feel, where you know they are supposed to be in love, but everything feels so cheesy that the chemistry can’t come through.

I liked the world and the idea of penal colonies, intergalactic militaries, etc, but I never got a grasp on the rules of this particular universe. What was there had great promise and resembled most of the mainstream scifi type movies, but there was not enough world building for me to really grab on and become invested.

As for the plot, well I liked the premise of being on the run and having a spy/double agent in the mix. It fit with the fast paced adventure feel and gave this story a purpose. However, everything just felt so rushed that things felt too over-the-top and forced. I could see what the author was trying to do, but there needed to be more time and development for this one to feel cohesive.

Overall, I gave this one 3 stars because it was fun and easy to read. I enjoyed myself and could really see the promise, but it needed a bit more to really be something memorable.


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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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