Thursday, November 25, 2010

Review: Luminous Nights by Michele Hart

Luminous Nights by Michele Hart

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Cop or convict?

How many faces can one man own?

An assassin wearing a holographic mask and a prison tattoo boards Rachel’s freighter during a prison riot. He is intent on recovering gadgets, which are capable of changing a man’s identity, from the black-market gang who'd stolen them. She’s not sure of Jack's identity nor his goal, but he claims to be an Alliance I-Marshal. Cop or convict? The clues never stop contradicting. Rachel's horrified to find that the bright holographic mask conceals the gruesome face of a monster. And the badge doesn’t stop him from murdering people right before her eyes.

When Rachel learns Jack will trade innocent lives for the digital miracles, she's determined to make the mercenary grow a heart. How could a stone-cold killer kiss her so hotly? How could she kiss such a dangerous deceiver?

Jack has done years in prison to learn who’d stolen the remaining Gemini ticks, 3-D magic. Nothing will keep him from gaining extreme-technology, capable of unleashing galaxy-wide chaos. Forget feelings for Rachel. She can’t stop him from killing everyone involved.

Ren's Review

A digital mask that can change your identity? Check.
A genetically engineered dog as your first mate? Check.
High intrigue and intergalactic adventure? Double check.

Rachel Waters is the captain of the Caprice, a small freight ship that unwittingly picks up the nefarious Jack Luminous, the legendary I-Marshal, during an illegal transfer on the prison orbit of Null. She is convinced that her new passenger is not who he claims to be. Jet is her dog, a genetically enhanced hound that speaks to her with the twitch of his ears (love it!). He is the Chief of Security and not all impressed with their new passenger.

Jack Luminous has more facets than a polished diamond. After being in prison for five long years, Jack is hell-bent on exposing the betrayer within the Draco Alliance. A high body count means nothing to him and he has no qualms about using Rachel to achieve his murderous goals.

I pride myself on being somewhat a fast reader but sometimes you tend to miss the details when you do that. When I first started to read this, however, I had to set it aside to start again because you can’t skim through it. It deserves better than that.

Michele Hart has crafted a world rich in detail similar to the movie Blade Runner (if you haven’t seen it, please do) Ms. Hart’s attention to detail, character development and dialogue is exceptional. You are immediately transported to another time and place, living and breathing each moment with the main characters. The bad guys are there in force, the twists and turns of the plot making it fast paced and again, the world-building is fantastic. The romantic element is just enough without taking over the whole story.

I want one of those Gemini tick things.
Honestly, I’m a sucker for gadgets and anything that makes me wish we had them in this day and age gets a thumbs up with me.

Read it.
It’s that good.

5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!

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Jen Childers said...

Michele is very talented and I love her work.
I appreciate how she weaves in romantic elements in a realsitic scenario rather than sounding like a kid crushing on the jock in science class.
I have read everything she has written and havent been disappointed yet.

Michele Hart said...

Thank you, Ren and HEA, for such a generous review. I'm thrilled you loved Luminous Nights.

:-) This is my favorite review!

Best wishes,
Michele Hart

And, Jen, check's in the mail!


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