Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review: Knight Errant

This book was recommended to me by Leslie at KindleBoards for the June Book Reading Game. Essentially, you post the genres you typically read and things that you absolutely do not want to read, then some random person gets to recommend a book. Leslie recommended Knight Errant by KD Sarge. This fit well with me because a) it's sci-fi, and b) it's by an indie author so I could use it for the ABC Indie Challenge.

Brief Summary: Taro is an almost-sixteen-year-old who has been "adopted" by Marine captain Eve Marcori. Eve is a tough woman who expects a lot out of her "little brother". So far, Taro has been able to live up to her expectations; that is, until Rafe steps on board. From the beginning, Taro is at odds with the flamboyant playboy, especially after Rafe learns Taro's dirty secret about his sexual preferences (he's gay). But when the two are stranded alone on a planet, they must learn to get along and a relationship blossoms.

Why You Should Read It: Sarge writes a wonderfully engaging, well-written story. The characters are lovable in spite of (or maybe because of) their flaws. None are perfect, but none are beyond redemption, either. Taro takes after his sister, hard-assed and serious. Rafe is the playboy who just wants to have fun. In an odd way, they compliment each other. The main premise of the story (the developing romance between Taro and Rafe) is a bit outside my comfort zone, but there is no graphic sex or overly descriptive romance scenes, so it didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the story. I'm actually looking forward to book two, which is planned for July (if I remember correctly).

Rating: ☻☻☻☻

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