Review: Aidee Ladnier – The Applicant (Busted Labs #1)

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Reviewer: Rich
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Science Fiction/Time Traveler

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

How can something so cuddly and adorable be so destructive? The teddy bear robot decimating his lab is only the first disaster of the day for roboticist Forbes Pohle. If he can figure out how to end its rampage, he still has to interview applicants for the position of research assistant and convince the time traveler on his doorstop that they should be making their future right now.

Oliver Lennox didn’t travel back in time to have a quickie in the blast chamber—but it certainly is fun. This younger Forbes is a sweeter, more innocent version of his lover. And it will be hard to leave him behind in the past.

If you like sexy nerds, humor, plenty of action, and a love story not even time can disrupt, this romantic adventure has the perfect credentials for the job.

First Edition published as The Applicant (or Virgins, Robot Bears, and Other Disasters) by Torquere Press, 2012.

This title is the first in the author’s new series “Busted Labs”
The plot while at first appearing convoluted is fully realized as the time travel aspect is explained. This is a clever plot device as Oliver Lennox travels back in time to a crucial time in his relationship with inventor Forbes Pohle. My favorite character in the book was the seemingly cuddly and adorable robotic teddy bear that runs amok and destroys the lab.

One of the most crucial jobs for an author introducing a series is to make the story compelling enough so that the reader wants to continue with the series. MS Ladnier succeeds in this endeavor.

Leaving wide latitude in the future to flesh out how the lives of the characters have changed by changing the past.

The next installment is titled: “The Break-in”. The title is alluded to in the first book as another crucial moment in the lives of the main characters.


Dreamspinner Press 

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