Earth’s last known colony, Albion, is fighting an alien enemy. In the first of the Taking Shield series, Shield Captain Bennet is dropped behind the lines to steal priceless intelligence. A dangerous job, and Bennet doesn’t need the distractions of changing relationships with his long-term partner, Joss, or with his father—and with Flynn, the new lover who will turn his world upside-down. He expects to risk his life. He expects the data will alter the course of the war. What he doesn’t expect is that it will change his life or that Flynn will be impossible to forget.
This book. Oh my gosh this book. It’s so good because you absolutely get lost in the story and the people. Ms. Butler builds this world so effortlessly, where humans still exist millennia in the future, but they’re different and society is completely changed. But they’re still humans so you know they have spunk and will fight for their right to survive like humans have been doing for millennia already. But there’s a war going on and you’re sucked in to this conflict and you hold on tight for the ride and your emotions just explode along with the characters. You laugh and you cringe and you cry and you mourn with them. You are a part of this story and you need to know who makes it out alive and if the mission is a success and if Bennet and Flynn get together and find a way to stay together even though you know they can’t make it. All while realizing Bennet has to Joss to go back to and their open relationship that neither one really wants, and should not have been, open in the first place. But they’re not ready for that reality yet. Bennet still loves Joss in his own way. I know it can’t be a happy ending yet. I KNOW that. But my heart hurts for these two guys that just aren’t in the right place and time to be together yet. And the story is so damn beautiful that when it’s over you have to realize you weren’t actually there. It’s a tiny bit of a let down. The only thing keeping this story from being five stars is how the story goes back to the same events but from a different point of view. For example you’ll see something happen from Bennet’s point of view and then after the scene is over, you get the exact same scene again from Flynn’s point of view. Each time you read a scene there are definitely vital emotions that give good reason to do a scene from both points of view. But I don’t want to see and feel the same scenes twice. If could have felt all of the same emotions without the repetition this book would have gotten all the stars.
Four and a half stars
A native of Durham, England, Anna worked for many years as a communications specialist in the UK government, working a range of central government departments on everything from marketing employment schemes to running an internal TV service. She now spends her time indulging her love of old-school science fiction featuring handsome heroes running about shooting lasers. She doesn’t claim to be a romance writer – that her laser-wielding heroes are gay and their relationship is a real one are both integral to her Taking Shield series, but not the reason for it. When she isn’t writing, she looks out at her garden thinking that she really should get out there and tackle the weeds, but is easily distracted into building up the biggest collection of tiara images on Pinterest instead. She lives in London with her husband and Molly, the cockerpoo.
Where To Buy:
Wilde City Press: http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-mainstream/gyrfalcon/