Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Virtual Tour - The Champion of Barésh (Star World Frontier, #1) by Susan Grant

The Champion of Barésh
Star World Frontier, #1
by Susan Grant
Releasing May 26th 2016

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . The Champion of Barésh . . .
Hero. Heroine. Who saves whom? The winner here would be them both. While the prince was working to find his way in a world that he was just a spare to the throne, he had to define himself and define what his life meant. Jemm was just your atypical girl that wanted better for her family. She just did not sit around waiting for things to get better. She made her own way and made it being something she was not but doing what she loved. 

Some would say she was playing with fire. She was really playing with life. She was working to make her life and that of her family better. Being a bajha player was something that was classified as male dominated and usually the elite were the ones that played. Jemm went out made a name for her/himself and became a commodity that the prince wanted for his team. 

Jemm and Klark had a connection beyond the physical. They connected over the intense game of sword and darkness. There was much control, focus and intuition needed to be successful. 

Susan Grant has gained a reader. I was captivated and consumed. I was engrossed by this sci-fi, fantasy, romance with things familiar and unfamiliar. I was caught up in the fight for better and search for purpose by both the hero (Klark) and heroine (Jemm). I found this to be a great beginning to a new 
series. I am certainly looking forward to more. 
**This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

RITA-winner Susan Grant is back with an all-new, stand-alone tale of two improbable lovers, their daring secret, and the gamble destined to alter the course of their worlds forever!

She was playing with fire...

Jemm Aves battles to keep her dreams alive on a dead-end world. Working for the mines by day, she’s a successful bajha player at night, disguised as a male to be allowed to compete in the colony’s dangerous underworld where club owners will go to extremes to retain the best players. Every win puts her one small step closer to her goal: saving enough to escape Barésh with her family. When a nobleman from one of the galaxy’s elite families recruits her to be a star player for his team, it's because he doesn't know her secret. Her ruse proves to be her most perilous game yet when it puts both their lives—and her heart—at risk.

Prince Charming he was not...

Prince Klark is eager to reverse his reputation as the black sheep of the Vedla clan, a family as famous for its wealth and power as it is for being a bastion of male-dominated tradition. If his bajha team can win the galactic title it would go a long way toward restoring the family honor that his misdeeds tarnished. He travels to Barésh to track down an amateur who’s risen to the top of the seedy world of street bajha, offering the commoner a chance of a lifetime: a way off that reeking space rock for good. But his new player comes with a scandalous secret that turns his plans and his beliefs upside down. He sets out to win a very different prize—his champion’s reluctant heart.
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“Don’t think so hard,” Prince Klark warned. “I can feel you.”
A tingling across her back alerted her to his presence. Gripping her sens-sword, she swung it around. “Good!” he said. “That’s it,” he praised when she predicted his next move, too.
He was never really gone for her in the darkness. Like the warmth of a slow fire, the sense of him lingered away from the source.
“Back to Skeet and Xirri—you stood up well to their teasing, Kes. They’ll respect you for it, but they won’t back off. You’re wise to focus on bajha over love interests. It will be taking up most of your time, after all. Moreover, you’re playing catch-up when it comes to league rules.”
“What about you? Do ya have love interests? Or, are ya married?”
He made a scoffing sound. “Neither.”
“Why not?” She ducked when she predicted the arc of his sens-sword. “Don’t ya ever long for female companionship?” Why was she pushing this topic? Curiosity killed the ketta-cat.
“If I desire the pleasure of a woman’s body, I can have it any time day or night. For anything more than that…finding a wife, for instance, Vash Nadah marriages have but one purpose—to strengthen alliances between the clans. Love has nothing to do with it, unless you get lucky, as my brother did, but that is rare. My choices are limited to prospects my family would round up for me. Or, I suppose, marriage candidates I might meet while socializing at court functions—which I quite frankly despise doing. It leaves little opportunity to match with a suitable woman.”
Suitable. The polar opposite of her. A girl from the slums who liked the stink and grit and solitude of driving tugs across the badlands. Who, in a heartbeat, would choose the taste of ale over the fine liqueurs she had sampled on this ship. And whose bad grammar and propensity to swearing would likely make any royal faint on the spot. “I wouldn’t be wanting to pair up under those circumstances, either. Especially if love had nothing to do with it.”
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Author Info
Susan Grant is a New York Times bestselling author who enjoys being able to indulge her love of travel and adventure by piloting jumbo jets around the globe. Her careers as a commercial pilot and air force pilot have provided endless inspiration for her books. Susan is the author of The Star King, launch book of her popular Star series about a spacefaring Earth family, as well as the RITA-winning novel Contact. Her new series debuts in 2016 with The Champion of Barésh. Susan and her family live in the scenic foothills of northern California.
Love to arm-chair travel? Sit down, strap in, and visit Susan's Come Fly With Me blog at her website

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