Title: Lonely Shore (Chaos Station #2)
Author: Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 25, 2015
Genre(s): Science Fiction
Page Count: 187
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
“All they can do is live day to day…”
Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos’s engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. Hope means something again. But there’s nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander’s veins, or his imminent mental decline. With each passing day, the side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore.
When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge—including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos’s crew—Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms, nor does he want to. But hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare—when it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. Even if that means trusting the unknown.
As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. And though he tries to be strong, he can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander…forever this time.
The Lonely Shore picks up where Chaos Station left off. The members of the corvette Chaos have welcomed Zander on board as crew and Security Chief and they are once again moving supplies around the galaxy.
Unbeknownst to Elias, Ness, Qek, and even Felix, Zed is getting worse. He is starting to Zone randomly and frequently, and when he Zones on purpose, the migraines are crippling. His memories are quickly slipping away and he knows he’s losing his mind. Zed is trying to hide this, and more, from Felix, but when he attacks the one man in the Universe he loves, both men have to confront their fears.
This was less a “romance” and more a “coming to terms” story. The romance has been established in Chaos Station – Zander and Felix love each other, but they can’t come to terms with what has happened – is happening. In their desperation to protect the other, Zed is hurting Felix with his lack of trust, and Felix can’t accept Zed’s condition is terminal. They struggle to enjoy the moment and to move forward, and it comes to a head when Zed can’t remember who Felix is.
And that is the strength of the book. Our boys are flawed. They are damaged. They have problems communicating. Can they get over their issues and come to love and trust the other?
They can…but it takes some pretty significant outside intervention. Keep a box of kleenx on hand.
This is also a definite transition story, the authors set up the characters to move them from point A to point B to set up the story in the next installment. Thankfully, no cliff hangers, but not a stand-alone book.
The ending again left me wanting more. More more more!