Review: Polaris Rising

Review: Polaris RisingPolaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Series: Consortium Rebellion #1
Also by this author: Aurora Blazing
Published by Harper Voyager on February 5, 2019
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Also in this series: Aurora Blazing

Thanks to Harper Voyager for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .

Polaris Rising is a steamy fun adventure with two main characters who just happen to be the two biggest fugitives (for one reason or another).

Ada is a younger daughter of the leading figure of one of the three High Houses in the universe. Needless to say, her father is incredibly powerful and her name carries quite a bit of weight. But when her father tries to press her in to a marriage she does not want, Ada flees her home and makes a life for herself outside of her house. Unfortunately for her, her father did not just forget about her but instead put a huge price on her head, the second highest bounty in the universe.

Ada is the kind of kick ass heroine who will not give up and bow to daddy, but will rather use her determination, skill and cunning to plan a way to escape. One of my favorite things about Ada is her intelligence and her determination. And her ability to kick ass. I guess there are a lot of things I love about Ada, but the fact she relies on more than just fighting skills or her womanly wiles was certainly a huge plus.

The story really kicks off with her being thrown into a cell with an unknown, but obviously quite dangerous man. It’s not exactly rocket science to guess that this scary looking guy chained in the corner is her eventual love interest. I honestly don’t want to say too much about him to save that for your own reading experience. I did enjoy his character though, and the two of them together made for a very entertaining read. Also, the chemistry between the two main characters is immediate. They may not trust each other, but they are definitely drawn to one another and their personalities also click incredibly well.

This book definitely deserves the Romance designation to go along with the Science Fiction, but the story line does come first, with the romance there heating up the pages as the plot progresses. I will say it can get a bit mushy at times, but since I was in the mood for it, it worked well. The only other aspect of the book that I didn’t love was its reliance on coincidence in a couple of spots. This is really nit picky and honestly, not that big of a deal, but there were a couple of places where I felt like the story was dependent on something very convenient happening. Again, this is slight, just an observation. The book really is more about adventure and fun and it does that very well.


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