In Gabriel's Ghost Linnea Sinclair has fashioned a romantic but practical scifi adventure. On the one hand, Sully and Chasidah do expose and explore more of their feelings than do most rough and tough scifi leads. Other than some other cheesiness -Sully and Chaz apparently come to an unspoken agreement in the first chapter to call him the "ghost from Hell" that is thankfully dropped in later chapters- and the endless expansion of the magic system ("Oh, you thought that was it? Look for the sequels which continue to follow Sully and Chaz's adventures.
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Chasidah, was once highly respected as a ships pilot of the sixth fleet, but when someone spread lies about her, she was wrongfully convicted of crimes that she didn't commit, and sent to a prison world but she managed to escape with the help of a man that is a ghost to her: a man she thought she cared for deeply but yet was her enemy: Gabriel Sullivan. But Gabriel and Chasidah will rekindle old flames and find a love worth fighting and even dying for... Sully has a past where if the knowledge was fully revealed, then he would be hated and despised by many including the one woman he has held his heart for. Plot and Story Line I am so glad I was able to pick this book up, and it reminded me why I love sci fi romance and wow it has been way too long since I have picked up this genre. Gabriel's Ghost is the first book in this series, and its a story of a mix of enemies to lovers and second chance romance tropes. Our hero has been in love with Chasidah for seven years, and I loved how he fights for her even when she is being a bit unforgiving at times and unaccepting of who he is. Its the perfect sci fi romance cover....sensual and so blue Overall View Gabriel's Ghost is a intense and action packed romance that takes us across the galaxy and into a world of redemption, love and fighting for what is right over what is easy!
Secrets told in little dribs and drabs until the end of the book and a character that constantly says "trust me". Only they keep getting busted with secrets so why in the world would anyone think they know enough to trust? I genuinely wanted to like this couple and this story. I don't like deception in romance unless it's absolutely necessary, dealt with believably, and ends by about the halfway mark.
I plan to start book II tonight and may come back to this laters because I'm almost certain I'm not being fair.
**3.5** Gabriels Ghost is absorbing, both in terms of its sci-fi elements and its romantic underpinnings. As the story progresses and secrets are revealed, Sinclair grants him more depth of emotion - making him a sympathetic and engaging character whos not as cocksure as he seems. He withholds a great deal of information from Chaz, and the truth is always revealed at the most damaging moments. While Sullys secrets and Chaz quickly ignited fear undermined their closeness, the two still have undeniable chemistry. The moments in which they come together are very strong; its the strength of that connection that makes all the miscommunications and misgivings so frustrating! The over-arching plot is one of political intrigue and conspiracy, and Sinclair does a good job of making everyone seem suspect. It finalises the action of the moment, but makes it clear theres much more intrigue and tension to come.
:) While reading Gabriel's Ghost I kept feeling echos, like a sonar, of stories past by. Hell, all stories are formulaic at hearth. Love stories, whether comedies or tragedies, are built on the lines of girl meets boys, problems ensue, HEA or tragedy struck. -Enemies who liked each other from their bridges and flirted through war (deja vu) -Non human male (deja vu) -He loves her in secret and writes letter to her -Government lies (deja vu) -And it goes on and on. -Gabriel: supercilious ass if I ever read of one. You are dumped in a love story mid way with no way (pun intended) to believe it. When Chaz send Gabriel rainbows I stopped reading.
Chasidah Bergren, formerly Captain in the Sixth Fleet, is now stuck on a prison planet after a court-martial for crimes she didn't commit. "Sully" has come to get Chaz off the planet and together they must work to find out who is recreating the murderous jukors that were once destroyed.
Excellent story, Great Adventure, Outer Space, fun supporting characters, serious situation to be dealt with, and a sequel coming soon to a bookstore near you!
I was beginning to think the characters would continue to develop throughout the book but I fear it ended up being more of a case of *in my game show voice* let's reveal the next thing someone can do!
Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels.