Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Gay Sci-Fi
ISBN 13: 9781623001124
Summary: Brady Garrett needs to go home. He’s a conscripted recruit on Defender Three, one of a network of stations designed to protect the Earth from alien attack. He’s also angry, homesick, and afraid. If he doesn’t get home he’ll lose his family, but there’s no way back except in a body bag.
Cameron Rushton needs a heartbeat. Four years ago Cam was taken by the Faceless — the alien race that almost destroyed Earth. Now he’s back, and when the doctors make a mess of getting him out of stasis, Brady becomes his temporary human pacemaker. Except they’re sharing more than a heartbeat: they’re sharing thoughts, memories, and some very vivid dreams.
Not that Brady’s got time to worry about his growing attraction to another guy, especially the one guy in the universe who can read his mind. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s just biochemistry and electrical impulses. It doesn’t change the truth: Brady’s alone in the universe.
Now the Faceless are coming and there’s nothing anyone can do. You can’t stop your nightmares. Cam says everyone will live, but Cam’s probably a traitor and a liar like the military thinks. But that’s okay. Guys like Brady don’t expect happy endings.
Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn’t stop reading from the beginning to the ending, stopping only to have a lunch break! But seriously, I easily finished the book in one sitting. It was awesome even though there was a troupe in this one. It didn’t bother me one bit. Because…honestly…Brady Garrett was already gay before he admitted it. I truly liked how the author decided to show Brady what he should feel when he got connected to Cameron Rushton.
I probably would have preferred if the author showed us more about the Faceless than just what Brady’s thoughts were all about. I loved Brady’s mind but wanted a different perspective on the Faceless. The way the author described the POD in the beginning of the story hooked me fast. I was a bit disappointed we didn’t get to read more about the Faceless until nearly the ending. Although, the connection between Brady and Cameron was awesome and it easily made up for the “missing” thing I wanted out of the book.
The sex scenes were done pretty well, especially Brady’s first time. I kind of wished the author would have elaborated more about how soldiers reacted to gay men if they were out and proud. Throughout the story, I felt like I missed something about that part. Was it back to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell thing? That was the only minor quibble that I would have appreciated just a little more information on. The ending put a smile on my face but at the same time, it felt a bit rushed. Nevertheless it was good ending. Any time the story caused me to have a goose bumps, it’s a win-win for me.
Highly recommended to fan of Sci-Fi.