Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


by Jessie Mihalik
Series: Consortium Rebellion #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: February 5th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I tend to shy away from science fiction books because the worlds and concepts can run right over my head. Still, there was something about Polaris Rising that got me intrigued. I'm so happy my gut told me to pick this book up! As it turns out, I just need my science fiction novels to have a strong romance for me to be invested, and Polaris Rising delivered on the romance front.

This intergalactic adventure is told through the voice of Ada, a princess and the daughter of a powerful man. We find out very soon that she is on the run from her home because her father is forcing her into an unwanted marriage. That's not the sort of life that Ada wants to continue on, so leads a life trying not to get captured. Until the day that the bounty on her head gets so high that everyone is on the lookout for her. I loved Ada's voice. She was the perfect sort of heroine for this kind of story. I imagine that you have to a certain amount of courage and ruthlessness to your personality to be on the run from your powerful father and your powerful fiancee. As more of the plot in Polaris Rising unfolded, we see the different facets of her personality, including her kindness and her genuine desire to help others. When she is first captured, she is put in a cell next to Marcus Loch, the galaxy's most wanted criminal. Together, they forge a way towards their escape. Marcus had that cocky hero act down to a tee. He was very piratey (if that's even a word), mysterious and very very sure of himself. Mihalik writes his character in a way that's appealing. Yes, the guy has certainly got an arrogant side, but he was easy to warm up to as he exposed more of his heart.

This brings me to the romance. Holy chemistry! I was not expecting the sort of steaminess presented in this book and I have to say, it wasn't an unpleasant surprise at all. There were some strong hate/annoyance vibes at the beginning that I was totally there for, but then these two actually began to see how much in common they had. I was an absolute goner at this point. It was the perfect balance of hot and tender. Then, there were the plot and the world-building, both of which were first-rate. There was danger, lots of kick-butt action and plenty of twists and turns all throughout this novel. I liked how the Mihalik made the world so accessible to readers too. She doesn't bog you down with an overly complex world. In fact, I found much of the politics and the world building to be very easy to digest. Jessie Mihalik is clearly a talented author. Even the secondary cast in this book was well-developed. Also, I LOVE that this is going to be a companion series with each book featuring different couple. Readers will still need to read the series in order because there is an over-arching plotline.

Polaris Rising is an exciting to start to the Consortium Rebellion series. I loved this first book and I will be eagerly waiting for more from this author. I definitely hope this book is on your radars, romance readers!

Have you read any sci-fi novels with strong romance elements?
Let me know in the comments below!

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