Title: Changing Tides: (New Reality Signature Line, Book Fourteen)
Author: Simone Anderson
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Brett DeMarco is a First Lieutenant in Aelland’s Security Forces and hopes to become the head of intelligence someday. After the death of his fiancé, Brett threw himself into his work, dodging his father’s attempts to get him to marry the right woman, never doubting the career path he’d chosen.
Orion Hellman is the base commander’s personal assistant, has never spoken a word to anyone, and follows orders exactly, helping to ensure the base runs smoothly by any means the general deems necessary. Classified as a manual laborer with marriage out of the question, Orion has no intention of getting involved with anyone.
A chance meeting ignites Brett’s long dead desire, changes everything he knew and gives Orion everything he never thought he wanted.
Changing Tides is an action packed romance. It is the story of two men falling in love amid a rebellion against a government in a dystopian “new reality”. Ms. Anderson delivers a frightening version of society’s future while portraying a tender romance. I enjoyed this read.
Ms Anderson’s dystopian society is very interesting in the fact that in my opinion, some aspects of this new government are pertinent to today’s world. The government controls everything even to the point of approving who you can marry, your sexual orientation(same sex couples are approved in some instances), your education level, your career choice, etc. The world presented in Changing Tides is a dark place for all people except those in power. Ms. Anderson does a great job building this new society and painted a vivid picture of this horrible place. She describes this world well, giving just enough detail for the reader to “see” but not so much detail that it distracts from the plot.
Ms. Anderson also presents complex characters. Orion is not what he seems. As the story progressed, Ms. Anderson slowly releases details of his life as well as develops him into the leader he needed to be. She also does a great job with Brett. Brett is content with a military intelligence life supporting the government he was raised to believe in. Very quickly into the action of the story, he is shown that everything he thought was right and true is a lie. Ms. Anderson did a great job portraying his struggles to determine which way is up and what he wants with his life going forward. I liked both men and was glad to see their happy ending.
I also like that this is not a rushed, insta-love situation. These men spend time getting to know one another and consciously make the decision to be together. I am not necessarily sure I understand the whys of their connection, but they are good together and the HEA is satisfying and long term.
Overall, I enjoyed this dark tale. It was not something I normally read and I am glad I stepped out and tried something new.
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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