|Series:||Space Gypsy #1|
|Pub. Date:||Aug. 25, 2016|
|Length:||7 hrs 27 min|
I don't read a lot of SciFi Romance, and I have been saying that I should remedy that. So this new series from Eve Langlais was the perfect opportunity. A trusted author and the blurb sucked me right in - winning! And this book had a bit of a Men in Black feel to me - I think it was the type of humor and the multitude of alien lifeforms.
Rafe Abaddon is the space opera version of a Romany Gypsy and a bit of a space pirate. He is an alien traveler of the galaxies, humanoid in face and form... well except for those pesky nipples. Despite having traveler's blood, Rafe is obviously running from something or someone, and without being told outright, we have an inkling of his backstory before the end of the book. He was a great hero... handsome and funny in a oversexed ridiculous way as he was quite preoccupied with his dangly bits and where to stick them. Despite being a randy pirate, Rafe was a capable hero. He was adept at flying his spaceship and evading capture, some of which could be attributed to his onboard artificial intelligence, Annabelle. Annabelle was a great addition to the story, a smartass computer that handed out snark and sarcasm at every turn.
While Rafe is on Earth stockpiling goods for the black market, he begins lusting after the curvy driver who delivers all the random goods to his rusted out trailer in the middle of the desert. Emma is an unsuspecting and disbelieving human, secretly lusting after Rafe, when she gets caught in an battle between him and alien bounty hunters. As Emma had no family and few friends, and had all the requisite female parts, she made the perfect impressed crewmember for Rafe's spaceship. Unfortunately Emma was not keen on her forced servitude and she wasn't afraid to let Rafe know it... and she certainly wasn't going to ease the way for his dangly bits. She was a bit annoying sometimes, and had the penchant to ignore Rafe's warnings and wind up in danger.
I wouldn't characterize the relationship between Rafe and Emma as a romance (yet). There is a lot of banter, attempted flirting, and arguing with one another for the majority of the book... followed by a bit of intimacy which is hopefully the start to something more. I liked the adventure of this story and the descriptions of all the other aliens. Eve Langlais imagination was definitely highlighted in this story. There is a cliffhanger that makes it clear Rafe's story will continue on throughout the Space Gypsy Chronicles. I can't wait for the next book.
The narrator, Chandra Skyye, did a great job with the performance. She was believable as both male and female characters... and those dubious gender aliens. She also knew how to deliver Annabelle's snark and Rafe's randy quips to highlight the humor in the story.
I received an advanced copy of this audiobook from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review.