Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

Monday, January 7, 2019


by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Endeavor #1
Genres: Sci-Fi, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 1st 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷

Science fiction romance novels aren't all that popular, so I was excited to hear that Amanda Bouchet was coming up with a fun space opera. Nightchaser was a good start to this new series that I'm looking forward to reading more from.

In Nightchaser, we are introduced to Tess Bailey, captain of a stolen ship on a Robin Hood-esque journey, thieving for the needy. We soon find out that there is much more to Tess than we initially thought as her past is tightly linked to that of the galaxy's overlord. I enjoyed Tess' character. Like Amanda Bouchet's previous heroine, she was spunky, badass and with a good heart. Her loyalty to her crew was one of the elements of the book that made it enjoyable. She wasn't all fierce though - she had interests and curiosities that made her refreshing. I also really liked the rest of her crew. Their different personalities and backgrounds clicked well together and made for a rag-tag team. When their ship is damaged after being chased by military enforcers known as the Dark Watch, they make a pit stop to make repairs in Albion 5. Here, Tess recruits the roguish Shade's help with repairing the ship.

Just like Tess, Shade was also a decent character who had a mysterious side to him. He was a bit cocky, but not in an obnoxious way. I'm not sure that I found him to be all that unique or outstanding, but he wasn't a terrible character. I liked that he was supportive of Tess. Their romance didn't take long to develop. In fact, I thought it was a bit too fast for my tastes. I would have preferred more of a slow-burn romance, especially because the chemistry was strong between Tess and Shade. I just found sometimes the romance was a bit on the cheesy side. Because of the romance taking over much of the plot, I found myself a little bit distracted towards the middle of the book. The balance between action and romance was missing for me, which was a shame because the few action-packed scenes were awesome. That being said, the ending scenes were excellent, so I am still very much invested in the series. I can't wait to see how things progress with the revelations made.

All in all, Nightchaser was an interesting start to a new series though it wasn't without its flaws. Fans of Bouchet's Kingmaker Chronicles will enjoy this new book.

Have you read any sci-fi novels with strong romance elements?
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