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Review of Solar Storm

Samhain Publishing, Jan 2013
Solar Storm
Mina Carter

Available now from Samhain Publishing

First impression: another fabulous cover from artist Kanaxa. Sometimes you really can and should judge a book by its cover. The combination of Mina Carter's remarkable writing and Kanaxa's top-notch artistry makes a powerful one-two punch. It's like they have the ability to reach into my brain and pluck out the secrets to what makes me spend copious money on books . . .

Okay, the longer I sit with that sentence the odder it it feels, so let's move on!

She’s the one who got away. Now she’s uncharted territory…

Ten years after rich-girl life fell apart, Rhys Devin is a changed woman—her name, her face, and her attitude. Now the fast-talking, hard-as-nails captain of the Grey Lady sails the most dangerous solar roads in the universe. Times are tough, but she gets the job done, sailing alone. Always watching over her shoulder.

The last thing she needs is a delay, but when she runs across a stranded sailor, she has no choice. The law of the road demands she rescue him.

Kelwin Sayeed is a soldier without a war. The retired War Commander’s latest and most ambitious hobby, the solar flyer Artemis, was supposed to prove him worthy of the famously reclusive Solar Sailors. Instead a catastrophic computer failure has him at the mercy of the most hazardous road of all: Icaria.

Confident he won’t be left to die in the golden spray, he waits for another sailor to come along. One that’s born and bred to the roads, with skin wizened like beaten gold. What he gets is a woman whose voice does things to his body that should be illegal. Whose golden-tinted skin sparks erotic fantasies.

The bride who ran from him a decade ago…

My reaction: holy crap, this is an awesome story. I can't believe there's a whole world of Mina Carter books out there, and I'm just now twigging to it. I thought Perfect Mate was wildly entertaining, but Solar Storm totally outshines it.

Carter's writing is unquestionably brilliant. So precise, so sharp and gripping. The concept behind this story--traveling through space by sailing along solar currents--would create a great sense of adventure regardless, but Carter's impressive imagery makes this story come alive. And once you're hooked, prepare to be absorbed. The setup, the details laid out--terminology, descriptions, histories--create wonderful depth and immersion.

The story starts off strong and confident, an instant attention getter. And despite the fact that this isn't a long book, there's plenty of action and, well, action to keep you satisfied. Carter doesn't waste a single word on fluff or filler--just concentrated, full-throttled fun.

And the really good news . . . This is one incredibly sexy book. Kel is the stuff of wet dreams--a badass super-soldier who's hardwired to want his sex hot, hard, and often. His chemistry with take-charge, no-hesitation Rhys is palpably thrilling. There's nothing dull or tepid about these two, that's for sure. Hell, this whole book is one hot number.

Mina Carter, I think I love you.

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