Ambasadora by Heidi Ruby Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Romantic science fiction Reading Level: Adult
Disclosure: I received a free copy with no expectations, but am happy to provide an honest review.
Synopsis: The Ambasadora-verse...a new futuristic romance series.
If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it? Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are.
Sara is part of the Embassy's plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him.
Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for
My Thoughts: My good friend Coral over at Alchemy of Scrawl blog recently posted a review of this book, and I realized I’d had a free copy since last summer. She made it sound so enticing, I decided to give it a quick read right away. I’m not generally a fan of romance, but I figured in a science fiction setting I might find it more bearable. And I was right – in fact, the romance was understated and realistic, and I quite enjoyed the book (except for the descriptions of the pain the characters went through; I know pain and the descriptions made me feel it with them – it was quite uncomfortable. A big compliment to the author, who created such a realistic and visceral reaction!). The book has a lot of themes, dealing with issues of caste, social mores, sexuality, freedom and the danger of a person gaining too much power over others. Like any good piece of science fiction, it makes the reader really think about things while at the same time creating an entertaining world to experience; in this case, the author took her background in anthropology to create a very realistic world. Highly recommended.
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