Reward (Alliance #4) by Jambrea Jo Jones ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

rewardTitle: Reward (Alliance #4)

Author: Jambrea Jo Jones

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/27/2012

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction

Blurb:

Vacation can be its own reward.

James Rodrick deserved a vacation. Running around the galaxy protecting people can be a rough road. His first officer was nicely settled and a cure for a deadly disease had been found. Time for a break. Alphonse Carter was not what the doctor ordered. A con man on the run does not a vacation make.

Alphonse Carter lived life high on the hog pretending to be something he wasn’t. His undercover identity was discovered and now he must flee before he is caught by the wrong side. Hijacking a captain with Alliance ties wasn’t in the cards, but he had to take what he could.

Will mistaken identity cause havoc or romance?

My View:

Overall I rated this one based on enjoyment but I feel like I missed something in this story. Things were so rushed that I was often left feeling confused or not understand why things happened as they did or as quickly as they did. I think this particular title, more so than the previous, really needed to be longer. I needed more character history and growth. I needed more time to understand why Al and Jimmy fell in actual love. I needed more words to help me understand why Jimmy was so willing to go gray for a man he just met.

I also felt like the characters in this story was very much carbon copies of the characters in the previous stories. Oh the names, locations, and jobs were different, but they were basically the same formula as the previous. Take the big bad for example. Just like in all the previous books he was power crazy with a desire to take over the world. He thought all his thugs were useless and only he could do anything right. He killed indiscriminately and had this irrational desire to turn a virtual stranger into a sex slave.

I still think this series is fun and easy to read, but this story was not my favorite and pointed out the overall formula of each book. The series ARC is interesting and I am enjoying watching it progress forward to completion, but each individual title feels lacking. As a whole this series is good so I suggest reading them as a set instead of focusing on each title separately.

Links

Reward (Alliance #4) on Goodreads
Totally Bound
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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