Monday, July 20, 2020

Five Star Reads - Summer of SFR

Has this summer of Covid-19 got you down? Can't enjoy the usual fun and activities with friends and crowds because of the pandemic? Missing the beach in beach reads? I've got another set of books to help you spend your days and nights immersed in galaxy-wide adventures...without ever leaving home.

This week, I'm continuing the Summer of SFR theme being championed by the SFR Station with a few more books. The theme this week is:

*****   Five Star Reads   *****

In other words, these books are all rated an average of 4.5 stars or above on Amazon or Goodreads, and have at least 10 reviews or stars.

So blast off and set your course for some great summer reading -- Science Fiction Romance style -- courtesy of the SFR Station!

Maestra Rising
Project Enterprise Series (Book #8)
by Pauline Baird Jones
5 Stars with 12 Reviews

She’s a gifted scientist. He’s a robot with a human mind. Can they save a lost ship and find love among the stars?

Nivi awakes from cryosleep plagued by guilt. The scientific genius had hoped her people would avoid war if she went into cold sleep, but she learns her sacrifice was in vain. And now a vicious enemy approaches a stranded Earth spaceship. Desperate to reactivate the technology she needs for the rescue, Nivi enlists the help of an attractive robot with a human consciousness and wisdom beyond his years…

Moose survived slavery but never forgot the feeling of worthlessness it forced upon him. After living in the body of a robot for years, he sees an opportunity to help the brilliant Nivi if he becomes human once again. In a new body with new dangers, he worries that the genius scientist will never see him as more than the robot he once was.

Outnumbered by a relentless foe, Nivi and Moose attempt to put their desires on hold to ensure humanity’s survival.

With time running out, can they defeat the enemy and enjoy a future filled with love?

Maestra Rising is the eighth novel in the epic Project Enterprise sci-fi romance series. If you like gripping adventures, captivating characters, and emotional out-of-this-world encounters, then you’ll love Pauline Baird Jones’ thrilling saga.

See Maestra Rising on the SFR Station by clicking here.

Entwined Fates
by Tiffany Roberts
The Infinite City Series (Book #0)
4.6 Stars with 46 Reviews

He met his destined mate too soon.

Bold, kind, and adventurous, Kiara was everything Volcair needed in his stiff, formal life. Along with his pet inux, Cypher, the three were inseparable during Volcair’s years on Earth. But the same winds of fate that brought them together as children tore them apart again. With half a universe separating them, years sped by, and Kiara seemed lost to him forever. Angry and bitter, he threw himself into military service for the Entris Dominion, seeking escape from the pain of loss.

When chance brings them together again nearly two decades later, Volcair finds that his feelings for Kiara have only grown—he needs her. Have they been granted a second chance, or has time opened a rift between them that cannot be crossed?

See Entwined Fates on SFR Station by clicking here

Valos of Sonhadra Series (Book #9)
by Regine Abel
4.6 Stars with 131 Reviews

When the penitentiary ship she’s incarcerated in gets sucked into an anomaly, Lydia barely survives the crash onto an alien planet. Only the sadistic experiments performed on her by the prison’s scientist allow her to survive this harsh and dangerous world. The future looks grim until she stumbles upon a magnificent city of ice and its most unusual inhabitant.

Kai is fascinated by the delicate stranger fallen from the stars with the power to bring his hibernating city back to life. She stirs emotions long forgotten by his frozen heartstone. Can she be the salvation of his people or will the trap set by the Creator bring about their collective doom?

See Unfrozen on SFR Station by clicking here.

Stealing Mercury
Arena Dogs Series (Book #1)
by Charlee Allden
4.6 Stars with 73 reviews

Born a slave, Mercury is an Arena Dog, genetically engineered to fight and die in the Arena for the entertainment of others. In their violent world, where men must form alliances and share what little bounty they have to survive, his only goal has been to keep his men alive. But he’s already lost two of them and the rest are slated for death. Worse, their demise will leave a woman Mercury has sworn to protect alone and vulnerable. And then there’s Samantha—a courageous human he has no right to claim. But she is his. He feels it deep in his soul and with an ache in his body that he can’t deny.

Samantha Devlin has lost everything, her ship, her crew, and her father. When an old friend hires her as an emergency replacement to pilot a cargo carrier for the Roma Company, she is shocked to discover her cargo is three, living, breathing, and dangerously sexy Arena Dogs and that she’s taking the men to their deaths. Is she willing to risk everything for a man whose customs require that he share her with one of his men and that he return to Roma to protect another woman? Her heart tells her Mercury is worth any cost, but her head sees nothing ahead but disaster.

Caution: features two scorching hot heroes and one impossibly impulsive woman. Their story may just make you want to steal an Arena Dog or two of your own.

See Stealing Mercury on SFR Station by clicking here.

Star's Storm
Lords of Kassis Series (Book #2)
by S.E. Smith
4.6 Stars with 185 Reviews

Star Strauss has always been a fighter. From the time she was born prematurely to her life on the road as a circus performer, she has never let her small stature keep her from achieving her dreams. She is one of the best aerial performers in the world. Well, Earth anyway. It turns out there is more than one inhabited world, and Star soon finds herself on a planet where every creature seems to tower over her.

Jazin Ja Kel Coradon is the third son of the ruling House of Kassis. He is a fierce warrior who specializes in communication, security, and weapons systems. This knowledge has increased the effectiveness of the Kassisan defenses against a new group of rebels who threaten their very existence.

His life changes when he meets a tiny creature who is unlike anything he has ever seen. She is petite, seemingly delicate, and beautiful. The problem is she is also the strongest, most stubborn female he has ever met. If he could just get her to stay in the nice, safe bubble he has created for her, his life would be so much simpler!

Star isn’t the only one in danger however, and when Jazin is kidnapped, Star’s unconventional skills will come in handy. The stubborn Kassisan is about to find out that he has a partner who can stand tall with him against their enemies.

Internationally acclaimed S.E. Smith presents a new action-packed story full of romance and adventure. Brimming with her signature humor, vivid scenes, and beloved characters, this book is sure to be another fan favorite!

See Star's Storm on SFR Station by clicking here.

And if you're looking for more great SFR, see my previous Summer of SFR blog by clicking here:

Have a great reading week! 

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