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The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel makes it clear right from the start that it is a sci-fi romance! It’s got some steamy scenes within the first two chapters, while also introducing a vast space filled with starships and pirates and possibly corrupt governments. I’m becoming more and more a fan of the romantic sci-fi subgenre since there is just something appealing about a sci-fi setting with a strongly character-driven plot.
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Cold Between from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel (Central Corps #1)
Published by Harper Voyager on March 8th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Sci-fi
Page Length: 528 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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When her crewmate Danny is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps engineer Commander Elena Shaw is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent—he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man?
While retracing Danny’s last hours, they discover that his death may be tied to a mystery from the past: the destruction of a Central Corps starship at a wormhole near Volhynia. For twenty-five years, Central Gov has been lying about the tragedy, even willing to go to war with the outlaw tribe PSI to protect their secrets.
With the authorities closing in, Elena and Trey head to the wormhole, certain they’ll find answers on the other side. But the truth that awaits them is far more terrifying than they ever imagined—a conspiracy deep within Central Gov that threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy . . . and beyond.
How is the writing style?
Lovely! I wouldn’t say there is anything remarkable about the writing, it just makes sure that it is able to tell the story and keep the reader moving forward. The point of view switches between one character in the prologue, Kate, to Elena in the first chapter and Elena’s romantic interest Trey in the second chapter. Everything is third person limited, but it’s nice to get an inside look at each of these characters’ heads as events play out.
General tone of the beginning
The Cold Between starts off with a bang in more ways than one ;-). There are exploding spaceships and then explosive bedroom encounters right away. No sign of the main mystery yet, but the blurb lets you know what that is if you like knowing ahead of time what you are getting into.
Setting, genre, etc?
Sci-fi romance! Adult! Did I mention the sex scene? Things start off in space and then jump to shore-leave on a planet under the Central Gov control if I’m not mistaken. But there are also outlaws! Reminds me of a certain TV show….
- My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
- Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
- Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)
Solid 4.5 stars! I am desperate to find a spot to fit this in, though am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the reading choices. But assuming things stick to how they started, The Cold Between looks like a stellar (haha) start to a new series.
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Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel
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