Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sci-Fi Romance Virtual Tour - Escapee (Repelling the Invasion, #2) by Edward Hoornaert

Repelling the Invasion, #2
by Edward Hoornaert
Date of Publication:  April 19th 2016
Publisher:  MuseItUp Publishing
Cover Artist:  Eerilyfair Design
Genre:  Science Fiction Romance

The African Queen in outer space . . .

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Escapee (Repelling the Invasion, #2) . . .
You should not tell a man that he does not know romance. We know they they can make wicked with seduction  when needed, action for effect, suspense to draw you in or along, but this was a romantic adventure set in space that could teach some that romance does not have to be hardcore in your face right now.  This was a romance to bloomed over time and under stress induced situations. 

The world was rich and vivid. The characters warm, personable, and developed. Their adventure was engrossing, dangerous, and impossible. The creatures, tech, moons, planets, space itself were richly developed and allowed one to experience it visually.

I got the goods delivered in this one. I got action. I got emotional sadness, joys, humor. I got some suspense. I got it. I could and would read this one again.  Space Opera. Action. Adventure. Romance.

I haven't seen the African Queen since I was eleven years old. I may need to go back and watch this Bogart & Hepburn romantic drama.
**This ARC was provided via Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**

The African Queen in outer space Catt Sayer just wants to survive.  The working-class fugitive delivers military supplies on her decrepit airship, but her hard-won livelihood vanishes when invaders overrun her harsh moon. Now an idealistic, upper-class officer wants her to risk her life on a hopeless voyage to attack enemy headquarters – manned by 10,000 soldiers.

Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, Escapee, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family (begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station).  If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile environment, you’ll love Escapee.

The books of the Repelling the Invasion series can be read in any order or as standalones. The first book of the series is The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station.
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“You see no bodies, Miss Sayer, because I buried them over the past seven days."

Catt waited for him to continue, but he didn't. “Oh yeah?” she scoffed. She knew he was lying, because she’d crawled over the twisted remains of the fortress’s backhoe, whose micro-explosives enabled it to burrow into Banff’s rocky ground. “You dug graves by hand in solid rock. Yeah, right.”

“Enemy bombs blasted the graves. I just filled the holes with bodies and rubble.”

For one body, that was believable. For more than a hundred, though? Catt bit back a retort. From anyone else she’d suspect sarcasm. From him, she didn’t know what to expect.

Then she noticed how red his skin was, as though exposed far too long to the moon’s corrosive atmosphere. Lighter patches marked where he’d worn goggles and a respirator. “You did all that without a bio-suit?” Like most people, she didn’t trust respirators for more than a few minutes at a time. The man was either suicidal or insanely devoted to duty.

“I’d left my bio suit here while I went on leave, and it was destroyed in the attack. As for leaving before the Proximanian army returns, I thought of that long before you did, which was why I hastened to finish my reports.”

The entire moon had fallen into enemy hands and yet this officer wrote reports? Her opinion must’ve shown on her face, because his flinty expression slipped, revealing exhaustion, despair, and a plea for understanding.

“I know I’ll never be able to send them, but…” He ran a hand over his eyes, and the unfeeling martinet was back. “The reports are letters to my men’s families, explaining how they died at their posts, defending New Ontario’s interests.”

Catt opened her mouth. Closed it. Felt her face flame. Facing Dukelsky was like staring into a furnace. She lowered her gaze. “I didn’t know…”

“Yet you assumed the worst of me.”

Without thinking, she had slumped into the submissive, hunched posture of a peasant being scolded by a patroon. Now, though, she straightened. Embarrassment warred with anger, yet she wouldn’t let him or any other patroon humble her, ever again. “Turnabout’s a bitch, eh?”

She expected him to ask what she meant. He didn’t, though a narrowing of his eyes told her he remembered his cheap prostitute comment. Their eyes locked. She refused to back down first.
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Author Info
What kind of guy writes romance? A guy who married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation and still lives the HEA decades later. A guy who’s a certifiable Harlequin hero—he inspired Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Rita Award finalist Mr. Valentine, which is dedicated to him.

Ed started out writing contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he concentrates on science fiction romance. He’s been a teacher, principal, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist. He and wife Judi live in Tucson, Arizona. They have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the galaxy’s most adorable grandson.
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