Once Upon A Time In Space

Heather Massey
Once Upon A Time In Space
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Red Sage Publishing
Release Date
February 2011
Erotic Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

In the distant future, Earth is dying. The planet is an overpopulated pit of despair. Humans dwell underground, but the crust is quickly disintegrating, killing millions. The rest have no escape.

Nick Venture, a strapping mechanic with a secret heritage, faces an unjust death sentence. Desperate to avoid this fate, he accepts an offer from a rogue scientist to claim a newly-discovered planet in exchange for his freedom. To his surprise, Nick discovers he is the last living descendant of Christopher Columbus.

Joined by a ragtag group of ex-military soldiers, he embarks on a mission to save humanity. This journey places him on a collision course with Raquel Donovan, the deadliest pirate in the galaxy.

The sexy, patch-eyed captain of the Deathraven is on a mission of her own—one of vengeance. The last man she expected to encounter was the devastatingly handsome Nick Venture. But his ships are a bounty beyond her wildest dreams. After she enslaves Nick and his crew during a hijack, the two adversaries find themselves irresistibly drawn to one another. But Nick is far more than he seems. When he traps Raquel with a clever ruse, she has no choice but to join the mission as his protector.

As the journey continues, their attraction ignites like a raging solar storm. Raquel is a mystery Nick is determined to unravel. But her secret agenda, as well as their lust soaked encounters, threaten to derail both of their missions even as humanity's time runs out….

Book Review by Renee Rearden (author,reviewer)
May 24, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
324 people found the following review helpful
Global warming, pole shifts, solar storms, climate changes, earthquakes…these are just a few of the devastating events we're told could threaten Earth. Now imagine all of these catastrophic things have occurred, and you're eking out a living in what's left of our dying planet or barely surviving as a pirate in space.

Raquel Donovan, known as the Siren, is the most feared pirate in the galaxy. She is a determined, gorgeous, sexy, eye-patch wearing bandit—searching for the man that destroyed her family. Only his death will satisfy her ruthless need for vengeance.

Nick Venture (love the last name and connection to the story!) is a mechanic surviving in dismal conditions. A run of bad luck lands him in serious trouble, and then a man offers him a way out: captain a ship and crew to confirm the existence of a habitable planet. (Who could say no to helping save billions of people, right?)

I loved this story.

Let's start with the characters. Raquel is a tough, hard-edged woman, but her merciless exterior hides a soul starved of love. Enter Nick Venture. A 6'4" blonde with the body of a god, a set of ideals to guide his actions, and the heart of a lion to fight for what he believes in. Raquel comes to admire his honorable goals. Nick longs to give Raquel all the love she needs.

And the plot? Wow, what a frightening example of Earth's possible future. This romantic sci-fi adventure has enough twists and turns to keep you wondering where the next space jump will take you. And the hot, steamy lovin' (I'll have what she ordered, thank you!) will make the trip well worth your time.

Now, there was one thing that didn't work for me. (Is it really an issue with a 4 star? Kinda.) It was Nick's spiral into selfish, woe-is-me depression. Yes, he grieved the loss of his true love. But in the face of a dying planet and billions of lives riding on his success, the extended reaction was immature and he so needed to man up. (Don't worry, he does!)

Taken as a whole, ONCE UPON A TIME IN SPACE is an incredible adventure that offers an exciting, erotic journey where guy meets gal, guy falls in love with gal, and then tries to save the world. Who could ask for more than that?
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