Review: “Aurora Blazing” by Jessie Mihalik

Aurora BlazingTitle: Aurora Blazing
Series: Consortium Rebellion #2
Author: Jessie Mihalik
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
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ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Jessie Mihalik’s space drama romance continues in the second book in her Consortium Rebellion trilogy Aurora Blazing.

Bianca von Hasenberg did her duty for High House von Hasenberg and ended up trapped in a terrible marriage. When her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her a happy widow, she vows never to marry again. Instead, she uses her connections to save other young women. Information is power and Bianca has a network that would be the envy of the ‘verse – if anyone knew about it.

After an attack, Bianca’s oldest brother, the House von Hasenberg heir, disappears from Earth without a trace. Determined to find him, Bianca leaves against orders. When she refuses to return, her father ends Ian Bishop, the director of House von Hasenberg security, to haul her home like a recalcitrant child.

Bianca leaves Ian on a merry chase across the universe, but when their paths finally collide, she persuades him that they would be far more successful at finding her brother if they worked together. She will do anything to save her sibling, even if it means spending time alone on a small ship with the handsome, infuriating man who once broke her heart.

As clues lead them deep into rival House Rockhurst territory, Biana must decide if she can trust Ian with the one piece of information that could destroy her completely…

I fell in love with Jessie Mihalik debut Polaris Rising when I read it this year. It had everything I needed in a scif-fi romance: solid worldbuilding, take-no-prisoners action and a steamy romance. Ada and Locke burned the pages – falling into lust then to love all while they jump from planet to planet to escape their pursuers. I gobbled up their story and, greedy reader that I am, I naturally wanted more.

Aurora Blazing gave me that more.

The second book in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy, Aurora Blazing centers on Ada’s older sister, Bianca von Hasenberg, and House von Hasenberg’s director of security, Ian Bishop. Both characters were already introduced and played minor roles in Polaris Rising so readers who have read the first book will already be familiar with them.

I loved Bianca in PR and I grew to love her more in Aurora Blazing. She’s resourceful and intelligent and tough, but broken. It was clear even from the first few chapters of this installment that her marriage wasn’t just terrible, it was traumatic. Clues as to what her husband did to her are dropped throughout the whole book and when the final reveal came, it was equally horrifying. Her past took something from her, making Bianca question her own capabilities. She suffers and endures chronic pain from debilitating headaches, an aftermath of her dead husband’s experiments on her.

Bianca’s character development was one of the things I loved most about Aurora Blazing. She was only gaining some of her own back when AB opens – learning to trust herself again but still guarded, unwilling to let people back i. It was great watching her walls come down bit by bit, for her to reclaim what she lost. It was certainly satisfying (and so fun!) to see her finally stand up to her father.

Ian, meanwhile, took his time with me but, in the end, I grew to love him too. Hiding his own secrets, he is just as closed-off as Bianca. He was just so controlled and infuriatingly proper at the beginning that it felt so rewarding when his facade was finally chipped off.

Bianca and Ian’s romance is so different from Ada’s and Locke’s. Theirs was a slow burn, progressing a step at a time throughout the book. The tension between the two, however, was very much palpable even from page one. They have a shared past, one that is tackled in the book, that further complicated their feelings for one another. When they finally get together though, it was just so right. He and Bianca made a great team – different but similar in all the ways that matter. They’re both protective of the people they love and they will go down the line for them.

Readers who loved the trilogy’s first book will definitely find something in Aurora Blazing. It had everything I enjoyed in Polaris Rising – the political machinations, House politics and rivalries, the mystery of the High Houses’ defunct Genesis Project. The bond between the von Hasenberg siblings came out clearer in this book than in the last. It was definitely funny reading about Ferdinand and Benedict play their brother card against Ian. We also see quite a bit what the PR crew – Ada and Locke, Veronica and Rhys – has been up to. Readers also get a glimpse of the next feature couple of the trilogy – Catarina and Alex – so that’s definitely an exciting bit.

Fast-paced and action-filled, both lovers of sci-fi romance will fall in love with this story. The only drawback, I think, is that you have to read the series in order as you may miss a number of key details. It pays off big time though, so I don’t think that’s much of a sacrifice. I’m definitely in for the last leg of this trilogy. I already can’t wait to see how Catarina and Alex’s story plays out.

about the authorjessie_mihalik_squareJESSIE MIHALIK has a degree in Computer Science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full time from her home in Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op video games with her husband, trying out new board games, or reading books pulled from her overflowing bookshelves.

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Review + Giveaway: “Hotshot Doc” by R.S. Grey

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Title: Hotshot Doc
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Get it: Amazon

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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

R.S. Grey gives the good old enemies-to-lovers troupe a fresh, witty and romantic spin in her newest release Hotshot Doc.

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

Confession time: As much as I love Fantasy and Sci-fi, sometimes they get too heavy for me and I need something light and fluffy and just plain sweet to counteract it. R.S. Grey is one of my go-to authors for that particular need. Honestly, Rachel (name twinsie!) hasn’t let me down, so my falling in love with Hotshot Doc shouldn’t be a surprise anymore.

But, oh my, surprise it did!

At this point, I should warn you that I will be gushing over this book BIG TIME! I loved everything about Hotshot Doc – from the characters to the pop culture references to the humor. There’s just so much to love in this book.

This story will have you smiling that goofy smile and laughing throughout its entirety. You have Bailey. She’s awkward, mouthy and a hardworking big sister dedicated to giving Josie the best life she could give her. She had to grow up faster than her peers, her parents dying suddenly in a car crash, and take on daunting responsibilities at such a young age. Because of this, Bailey had to make a few detours, leaving pre-med to train as a surgeon’s assistant instead, and she does a mighty fine job.

Then you have Matt, aka Hotshot Doc, a moniker he rightfully earns. He has a very strict work ethic, married to his job and dedicated to helping kids with difficult cases of scoliosis. He’s earned quite a reputation of running off his surgical assistants, that is until he meets Bailey.

Starting out as enemies and ending out as lovers, I loved seeing Bailey and Matt come together. Bailey brought out the kind heart Matt hides from the rest of the world, while Matt gives Bailey the love and the care no one else has given her. These two are definitely swoony, but it was funny reading their attempts to pull the brakes at their budding relationship (mostly Bailey) and how they tease each other (mostly Matt.) Add Josie, Bailey’s sassy and bookworm of a little sister, into the mix and good luck holding the laughs in!

Hotshot Doc definitely earns a place in my top R.S. Grey books. It’s right up there with old faves  The Duet and The Allure of Julian Lefray. If you’re looking for something funny and romantic to read, this book is for you. I cannot recommend it enough.

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About the Author:

dpe2jlb-300x300R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Giveaway!!!!!

Because I loved Hotshot Doc so much, I want to share the love (really, I just want you guys to fangirl with me!) I will be giving away three (3) Kindle copies of Hotshot Doc. Just click on the link below to enter. I will be drawing and announcing the winners on December 16. This giveaway ends December 15 at 12 MN, Eastern Time.

Good luck!

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Pre-order Blitz: “Hotshot Doc” by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is one of my favorite romantic comedy author. I’ve read most of her books and loved them. They’re all fluffy, light, funny and romantic. What’s not to like?!? But I’m pretty much more hyped up for her next release (being in the medical field and all.)

As expected, Hotshot Doc lives up to R.S. Grey’s brand. I would have finished it in one sitting if it weren’t for work. The whole enemies to lovers troupe won me over (again!) I loved Bailey and Matthew, and I will surely gush about them in my review (to come on release day.

This one is coming out real soon! R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, HOTSHOT DOC, releases December 6th – but you can preorder it now for .99c! Check out the cover and find out more about HOTSHOT DOC below!

About HOTSHOT DOC (available December 6th)

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s-ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway…half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.

I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

Add HOTSHOT DOC to your Goodreads list here!

HOTSHOT DOC releases December 6thpreorder your copy now for .99c!

 

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About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Website | Twitter | Facebook | R.S. Grey’s Little Reds Facebook Group | Newsletter | Instagram

 

First Line Fridays: “Leverage in Death” by J.D. Robb

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.


Happy Friday!

First week of September done, just like that. If you’ve read my August wrap-up, you’ll know that I’ve set up quite a challenge for myself this month, and I think I’m off to a good start. I’ve already finished one book (yay!) and am well into my second one. I only took a quick break from it to write this post.

My FLF pick today is one I’ve been waiting to come up since, well, since it was announced.

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Thou shalt not kill.

Paul Rogan didn’t consider himself a religious man, but that commandment played over and over his head as he stepped into the lobby. As his wing tips clicked on the polished marble floor, those four words beat inside him.

 

 

 

Leverage in Death is the 47th book in J.D. Robb’s long-running crime thriller/romance series. I already have the e-book (and waiting for my pre-ordered copy to arrive in the mail) and I’m excited to start reading it. I have to postpone it though since I have to finish my blog tour books. I think I can get to it next week, so, that’s something I’m really looking forward to. I can’t wait to see just what case Eve is handling in this one (sounds like it involve suicide bombing). Also, as it is with series, it’s always fun to catch up with all the series’ regular cast. It almost feels like seeing old friends you haven’t seen in a while.

What are you guys and gals reading today? Hit me up with ’em, won’t you. 🙂

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Rachel

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