Title: 2230: The Perfect Year
Author: C.M Corett
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: August 6th 2018
Genre(s): Science fiction, Romance
Page Count: 127, 30600 words
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Alex Coulson spends his days as a lowly laboratory assistant. At night, he watches movies in his lonely apartment and dreams of exciting adventures and handsome leading men.
When an electrical fire breaks out in the lab, an experimental machine malfunctions and Alex is caught in the explosion. He awakens, injured and confused, to learn he has traveled two hundred years into the future—to the year 2230. Under the care of the gorgeous Doctor Baylin Davies (a definite contender for a leading man) Alex recovers quickly, and his feelings for Baylin deepen each day. Baylin is handsome, sexy, caring, and a verified genius—everything Alex could ever dream of. Add in the whole concept of living in the future, and Alex soon decides the year 2230 is the perfect year to begin his new life.
But then there’s the major…
Whenever the intimidating military man, Major Marcais, is near, a strange power overcomes Alex’s senses, clouding his mind and weakening his desire to be with Baylin.
When the major reveals he is an alien and declares Alex to be his life mate, Alex must find the strength to resist him. And while fighting for the man he truly desires, Alex just might discover he’s the leading man in his own adventure.
This novella was an easy and quick read since I enjoyed it a lot. The feelings and attraction the characters shared were great and that first kiss was just amazing. It’s very seldom that I react like that but, oh my.
I would say the science fiction part of this story is more like the seasoning on the meat. It gives the story extra flavour and an interesting touch. The main focus for this story though is the connection between Alex/Baylin and Alex/Major Marcais. We don’t get to know much about that future since Alex himself isn’t allowed to know too much since the council leans toward sending him home. Even though Alex wants to stay.
At one point it felt as if it could have become a tough choice for Alex -if the author had stayed on that path with the Major’s character- but didn’t and it turned out differently. I really don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that.
I would have liked more depth in the characters but it still worked well enough this way. I had some questions at the end since I wanted to know what happened to the other characters. The Major surprised me and I found him interesting. Hopefully, maybe we can get a good ending for the side characters too in the future.
I recommend this novella for everyone who wants a love story flavoured with sci-fi but focuses on the romance.