Title: Corin’s Chance (Avanti Chronicles #1)
Author: Hannah Walker
Publisher: Hannah Walker
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Page Count: 424
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Posted to some stars awful cruiser, Dr. Corin Talovich hoped to serve his time quietly and get on with his life, but fate stepped in and decided otherwise.
Crashing into an unknown planet was the last thing Corin expected. With only his friend, Lieutenant Commander Tate Riven, by his side, they face the unexplored world and new enemies bravely, leading them to the Derin Clan, where they’re welcomed by the leader’s son.
Kel isn’t sure about the strange men, but he isn’t about to send them away, especially when the bond between Corin and himself is something he can’t ignore.
When another clan wages an attack, Kel is forced to make some hard choices which nearly costs him everything he holds dear. Together, with their allies, Corin and Kel fight, focusing on the future they desire, knowing failure not only dooms their love, but also those around them. Side by side, they work to destroy the evil threatening to keep them apart and becoming the family both men desire.
This book almost lost me on the opening salvo, when the disgraced Doctor approaches a table of jovial guys on his new assignment and asks to join them. In the banter that shortly follows, he immediately gets the “We all like guys!” line and I thought for a moment they would bust out in song and dance. From there the plot went into a downward spiral. This was so not my kind of book.
This book included repeated cycles of injury, illness, nursing back to health, declarations of love, fits of jealous anger, tears, hugging, more hugging, hugging again, pouting and more tears complete with “He doesn’t LOVE me!” statements and scenes where they sit around and tell each other “Just talk to him sweetie!”.
My concerns with the book:
• The Truemate concept was incongruous. On one hand, it was a wonderful thing that everyone hoped would happen to them and the bond was sacred above all. On the other hand, nobody had a clue about what was going on and keep denying the intense attractions they felt. Did they or did they not understand the Truemate process?
• A main character that everyone liked. Everyone. But he had no personality.
• Repetitious dialog.
• Repetitious info dumps. Main example – I lost count how many times Corin was introduced as an Alliance Certified Gold Level rated trauma surgeon who had come at odds with an Admiral who banished him to his situation.
• A small rescued doe-eye girl running around in pink dresses calling Unca Tatie and Unca Cori her fwend! And oh, how all the guys would do anything within their capabilities to keep the sweet girl safe so they could argue about who was her favorite uncle.
• Questionable medical procedures – for example, would any doctor really be doing open abdomen surgery in a pod that was breaking up during planetary entry?
• The final straw for me – a male pregnancy that had everyone all goo-goo, touching swelling bellies, raging hormones, crying, hugging and building a nursery. During a battle.
Which left me wondering happened to the strong Avanti soldiers who are known throughout the galaxy as some kick-ass soldiers?
Overall If guys who are really in touch with their feminine side and male pregnancy rocks your boat, then this would be for you. I prefer my guys more manly and my science fiction to have more science. And no small girls in pink dresses please.