|Series:||Space Gypsy #2|
|Pub. Date:||Nov. 22, 2016|
|Length:||9 Hrs 12 Min|
This has been such a fun series, and Eve Langlais totally surprised me with this one. The Space Gypsy Chronicles features engaging and unique characters (mostly aliens), a flirty hero and a damsel of a heroine. How could this not be fun!?! This is a continuing story arc so I do not recommend reading these books out of order, you want to start at the beginning with Pirate.
To recap, Rafe Abaddon is a Romani gypsy prince traveling the galaxies to avoid his family. In the last book, Rafe had to make a hasty departure from Earth and took his curvy UPS driver with him. They set off through the Milky Way and black holes to lands unknown where Emma had eye-opening encounters with beings that were beyond her imagination. Rafe is somewhat of a space pirate and there are bounties out on his head so there was lots of action and fighting to balance out the romance. Pirate ended on a cliffhanger, so I was glad to get this next installment so soon.
In Sinner, our hero has awoken with no memory of his name, recent past, or how he came to be in a dank cell on some remote moon. But it seems that he will now be pit fighting for the foreseeable future, and it doesn't seem like the worst thing in the world. This Romani doesn't mind a fight in the least, particularly when to the winner go the spoils... in the form of concubines! Even though our hero is now going by Oblivion in the light of his amnesia, we got the same oversexed and playful personality that we loved in Pirate.
Emma was left alone on Rafe's ship, ran by the uber-snarky artificial intelligence computer system, Annabelle. Emma and Annabelle are still squabbling, and the AI is becoming more and more sentient it seems. At some point with Rafe not returning, the two will have to work together, won't they? The contempt between human and computer was unrelenting, and Emma still doesn't think through her actions or their potential consequences. When she lands on the strange moon and discovers that Rafe doesn't remember her, Emma finds herself at the mercy of the pit maestro, A'Diabbloh, an emotion-sucking vampire alien. Emma's character crosses the line into ridiculous most times and she really can't help being a damsel. Usually this would make me hate a heroine, but I can deal with Emma even if she does cause an extreme amount of eye-rolling. Her actions are usually so ridiculous that they become comical.
I was enjoying the tenuous relationship between our H/h, and the unsurety of the situation kept me on my toes. The action was fast-paced, but fun. I did miss some of the banter between Rafe and Emma as they weren't together for the entire book, but I did enjoy hearing Oblivion needle A'Diabbloh at every turn. But HOLY TWIST! Eve Langlais totally blew me away with that one and I never saw it coming. It really made the whole book and I was excited when the reveal happened. The ending was a bit rushed and there was another cliffhanger, but it only makes me excited to see what happens in the next book.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this audiobook that I received from the publisher, Tantor Audio.