Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: Corin’s Chance by Hannah Walker (Avanti Chronicles Book 1)

Posted to some stars awful cruiser, Dr. Corin Talovich hoped to serve his time quietly and get on with his life, but fate stepped in and decided otherwise.

Crashing into an unknown planet was the last thing Corin expected. With only his friend, Lieutenant Commander Tate Riven, by his side, they face the unexplored world and new enemies bravely, leading them to the Derin Clan, where they’re welcomed by the leader’s son.

Kel isn’t sure about the strange men, but he isn’t about to send them away, especially when the bond between Corin and himself is something he can’t ignore.

When another clan wages an attack, Kel is forced to make some hard choices which nearly costs him everything he holds dear. Together, with their allies, Corin and Kel fight, focusing on the future they desire, knowing failure not only dooms their love, but also those around them. Side by side, they work to destroy the evil threatening to keep them apart and becoming the family both men desire.

There are parts of this story that are over the top amazing. I love the world created and how rich the society is. There are all kinds of politics involved and betrayal and the culture is wonderful! I love how the clans faction out based on some of the events in the book. However, many of the choices the characters make just make me wonder what they could possibly be thinking. And some of the characters and events flat our don’t make sense. The omniscient point of view is different and brings some interesting perspective to events that are happening. Plus it gives us a chance to see who future couples could possibly be. I really would have liked having the characters act more rationally and have conversations with each other instead of making decisions for others thinking they know better. I will definitely be reading more from this series as the next books come out. I want to see more of the characters and their happy endings, see if the loose threads get tied up, and more of the place and setting I enjoy so much.

Guest Post:
Kel stops by today to give some of his favorite childhood memories. It doesn’t matter what planet you live on, time with friends is bound to bring back good memories. Read and enjoy!
Some of my best childhood memories come from the times I spent with my friends. We were fearless in the way young ones normally are. We were, of course aware of the problems in the past between clans, but for us it was one of those history lessons that you listen to and then don’t really think of again.

We were, at that point, still too young to see that it was still affecting the clans then. What none of us realized is that as a group of friends we were very different from a lot of other young ones. I’m not just talking about how we would grow up to lead clans either. My Father, Damron was one of those Chieftains who thought that working together for the betterment of all was the best way. So he and some like minded Chieftains went to great lengths to ensure that their young ones cultivated a friendship that would last them through to adulthood.

Because of this Tir and I spent many years going back and forth between clans and Berinias. Berinias, the capital city of Landran, always seemed like a wonderous place to us after the clans. The buildings, the taverns, the warriors, everything. It seemed like such an amazing life to lead.

There was one occasion where I must have been thirteen, Tir would have been fifteen, Kastain fourteen, Niko and Dariux thirteen as well. We were all together in the city and our parents were at this huge party celebrating something, I don’t remember what. So the entire city was geared up for this and we took the opportunity to sneak out while none of the guards were keeping an eye on what we were doing. We were young ones and we thought we ruled the world.

We managed to bribe a couple of the trainee warriors and they dressed us up like one of them and we joined them on their night out. We deliberately all wore training gear, with bits of dirt to give us shadows instead of beards.

To this day, I have no idea if people fell for it or simply humored us because they knew who we were, but that night we drank and danced. We played Tipris, which is a game of dice, and went through the squads games with some of the other trainees. This is where clan was pitted against clan, conclave squad against conclave squad, trainees against other trainees. We fought like the other guys. They may have been older than us but we had been trained for our positions our whole lives. It was a proper, no holds barred fight. None of this pandering to us because of who we were. Oh, the bruises we had the next day were horrific, and we had to try and hide them because we shouldn’t have even been fighting.

It was an amazing night because we got to experience what life was like for all our clan members. I know it’s something none of us have ever forgotten.

With a nod to one of the four guards at the door’s entrance, Carn led them into the room. Following behind him, they walked right up to the massive table sat at the end. Around the table were stood six men, they must have ranged in ages from late teens to mid-sixties. They all looked weary and haggard, their bodies drooping where they stood. Maps, paperwork and cups littered the table in front of them.

One of them turned to Carn who was standing at the front of Corin’s group. “Damn it, Carn, I told you we weren’t to be disturbed for anything. I don’t care who the latest bloody delegate from the Alliance is. Now is not the time.” A huge frown accompanied the man’s words.

“Laird Kel, these aren’t delegates. I think you are going to want to hear this. They came asking for you as Kel, saying it was about a young girl named Eliya,” Carn cautiously spoke, wary of upsetting any of the men around the table.

All around them heads shot up from what they were focused on. Suddenly every pair of eyes in the room was focused on them with a laser like intensity.

“What do you know about Eliya?” The man named Kel demanded.

Corin watched as he stalked towards them. His movements, while predatory, were graceful. He was close to seven feet of solid planes and hard muscles. His skin was a golden bronze which seemed to glisten in the lights around him. His hair was a mid-blonde, and flowed to just past his shoulders. Leather bracers covered his forearms while second, smaller leather circlets were wrapped around each bicep. Leather trousers were moulded to his thighs. Corin’s heart began to beat faster. Never had a first glance at someone affected him as it did now.

Laird Kelin was rugged in appearance. While still young, his face had a slightly rugged visage which was likely due to many hours spent outdoors. His eyes were both brown and green, with the green bleeding into the brown on the outer edges. He had a strong nose, coupled with a square jaw, and a dusting of facial hair, that just added to his overall ruggedness.

Corin’s cock went from soft, to rock hard and aching instantly. Damn this was a man he would happily have under him, over him, inside him. In fact, he would take him any which way he could. Tate shot Corin a questioning glance and Corin realised he hadn’t been able to hide his reaction from his friend.

Shooting a glance at Tate and shaking his head, Corin boldly stepped forward. “I need to know who you are to Eliya before I can say anything.”

A second later one of the other men stood around the table jumped over it, and was hurtling towards Corin with a look of murderous intent on his face. Just as he got to Corin, he threw a punch that never landed. Instead, Tate stepped between Corin and Eliya, who was still asleep in the sling, and this new man. The punch hit him square in the abdomen, the pain was instantaneous, he staggered back, all the air gone from his lungs. Tate could feel his stitches rip open from the impact. Trying to suck in a deep breath, he called on all his years of training with the Avanti and pushed the pain into the recesses of his mind and forced his body back to standing whilst simultaneously pulling his knife from the sheath at his side.

“Make another move towards him again and I’ll kill you. You want him? You have to go through me first, and I promise you, I. Will. Win. You have no idea what you nearly did there.” Tate growled at the man, his stance wide, both aggressive and defensive at the same time.

“Do you know who I am?” The new man demanded as he bared his teeth at Tate.

“No,” Tate replied. “And frankly, I don’t care. Now. Back. The. Fuck. Off.”

They watched as the man named Kel placed a restraining arm across the other man’s chest. “Leave it, Tir, let me deal with this. I mean it. We won’t find anything out if we beat them. They came to us willingly, give them a chance to explain.”

They all watched the man called Tir run his hands over his face before he gave a small nod and took two small steps back.

Kel raised an eyebrow at him, sighed and then turned back to Corin. There were several emotions swirling through his gaze, but his voice was calm when he spoke again. “I am Laird Kelin Tharn, son of the Chieftain of this clan and Eliya is my niece, Laird Tirathon Tharn is her father. She was kidnapped two weeks ago with her nurse when they were walking the grounds. We have heard nothing since. There has been no ransom demands, no sightings, nothing. We have searched and searched and no trace has yet been found. The entire clan is grief stricken. As you can see, my brother is barely holding it together. Now. What. Do. You. Know.” His voice rose slightly as he struggled not to let his impatience show.

Corin looked at Tate, his eyes registering the fact the Tate looked clammy once again, they nodded to one another and Corin reached up to slowly untie the cloak from around him. He gently lifted the sleeping form of Eliya from the sling before looking up at Kel and quietly asking, “is this her?”

Gasps echoed all round, a choked sob came from Tir’s direction before he quickly lifted her from Corin’s arm, tears streaming down his face. Smiles shone around the room as a small voice whispered, “Papi?”

Quickly a group surrounded the reunited father and daughter, cheers echoed around the room. A wave of happiness ran through the chamber and out the doors as word passed from one guard to another. Shouts of joy could be heard from the hallways as the news spread. A soft whimper from beside Corin saw him snapping his head to look at Tate.

About Hannah:
Hannah Walker is a full-time mum to two gorgeous teenage sons, and shares her home with them and a very supportive husband, who has always encouraged her to follow her dreams.

She has always loved books from her childhood years reading alongside her father. She has inherited her father’s love of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. She has combined this with her love of MM romance to write her series Avanti Chronicles. She loves writing about a complex world where the men love and live hard.

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