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`Download Epub õ Polaris Rising Þ This is a previously published edition of ISBNAn alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found hereA space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure the first in an exciting science fiction trilogyIn the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the starsAda eluded her father s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rud to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his headWhen the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fianc captures her, she ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive a fortune if he helps her escapeBut when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose than you bargained for A ton of my Book Twitter friends recommended this book to me and I can tell you now, it absolutely lives up to the hype I love a good sci fi romance set in space and this one hit all the high notes A fierce, loyal, and capable heroine A gruff, powerful, and mysterious hero Fantastic world building great plotting and action and a cast of secondary characters that have me chomping at the bit for.Ada is a princess in one of three royal ruling houses of the galaxy But she isn t the kind A ton of my Book Twitter friends recommended this book to me and I can tell you now, it absolutely lives up to the hype I love a good sci fi romance set in space and this one hit all the high notes A fierce, loyal, and capable heroine A gruff, powerful, and mysterious hero Fantastic world building great plotting and action and a cast of secondary characters that have me chomping at the bit for.Ada is a princess in one of three royal ruling houses of the galaxy But she isn t the kind of princess who dreams of marrying the prince In fact, she has been on the run for the past two years, just to avoid an arranged marriage with a prince of a rival house Her own father has put a bounty on her head to get her back home, but her royal training has served her too well To be the daughter of a High House, she has been well schooled in every skill she would need to be an ideal spy and it s helped her evade capture until now As the story begins, she s been nabbed by mercenaries and she has to enlist the help of a fellow prisoner to help her escape before she is shipped back home.That prisoner is Marcus Loch He is well known as a killer, and Ada has no doubt he s capable of it But she sees somethingto him They bust out just as her betrothed breaks in, intent on forcing the marriage They must jump through hoops, making one escape after the next to evade him, all while trying to figure out why he is so desperate to make the marriage happen.I don t want to spoil too much But I loved, loved, loved the dynamic between Ada and Loch They start out so wary of each other, and for good reason, but in forced proximity, they spark and eventually flame Loch is such a great love interest His secrets are peeled back like the layers of an onion, at the same time his defenses against Ada slowly break down His moments of jealousy, by the way, pushed my happy buttons Ada was phenomenal too She would never ask anyone to take a risk she s not willing to take herself And though she looks out for her interests, she works hard not to cause undue harm to those around her.Jessie Mihalik s writing is so easy to sink into She makes it feel so effortless From setting up the political dynamics of the world to the space science to character histories It all flows so well, allowing you to just sink into the action I am a little sad to say goodbye to the Ada and Loch romance, but the author has planted a good seed to pique my interest in Bianca and Ian s story Bring on book 2 Would definitely recommend for fans of sci fi romance or space opera Or really, romance fans in general.Rating AARC provided by publisher 3.5 starsThis had a fun space travel based action romance plot, but when the primary characters get captured rescued five times total between the two of them, that s a little bit of overkill The story starts out with one of them already captured and the other one is in the process of being captured Then later on one of them gets captured again, and then it happens again, and then yet again onetime For two people who have been on the run for years with large bounties on their heads, they 3.5 starsThis had a fun space travel based action romance plot, but when the primary characters get captured rescued five times total between the two of them, that s a little bit of overkill The story starts out with one of them already captured and the other one is in the process of being captured Then later on one of them gets captured again, and then it happens again, and then yet again onetime For two people who have been on the run for years with large bounties on their heads, they are suddenly really bad at avoiding being captured, just saying.Ignoring the capture release capture plot line, I did like the future sci fi space setting complete with blasters, spaceships, and machines that make food for you quite literally The romance part of the plot is also nice but I wish they had interactedoutside of the nearly constant action In the end their sacrifices seems rather large for someone they barely know.Subsequent books in this series will focus on the secondary characters, not this couple, but I can t say I am really invested in the characters enough to continue on with reading these Release day February 5th TodayWow That was my first thought upon finishing this book which I devoured I couldn t stop reading This was the absolute best way to start 2019 There s so much I want to talk about, where do I start Okay World building Damn This is everything I m ever looking for in sci fi I ve never been one of those readers that loved all the technical and or military overtones that some sci fi has I don t want to be drowned in techy words, detailed descriptions of sa Release day February 5th TodayWow That was my first thought upon finishing this book which I devoured I couldn t stop reading This was the absolute best way to start 2019 There s so much I want to talk about, where do I start Okay World building Damn This is everything I m ever looking for in sci fi I ve never been one of those readers that loved all the technical and or military overtones that some sci fi has I don t want to be drowned in techy words, detailed descriptions of said technological marvels, and pages upon pages of the minutiae of war I do like my world to be detailed, thorough, solid, and feel real And this one does I can picture myself walking around the ships, even digging into some of the details about how they run When we step on a planet, I feel the gravity, the sun blazing, the weight of the history of that particular place.World building isthan just places, it s also the history of the people that built and inhabit those places Polaris Rising excels there as well A good eighty percent of this book takes place away from the center of that history, but it s still deftly woven into the fabric of this book We learn from Ada as she moves through the story, so that when we do encounter the core of these worlds, I was fully invested and clamoring forJessie Mihalik delivered.Ada, oh Ada I love you I ve rarely felt such an instant connection and love for a character In fact, only one other comes to mind She s smart, honorable, strong, and kick ass Her morals and values are hers regardless of what is expected of her as a House member The dichotomy of her privilege and her chains is fascinating and something that I really enjoyed exploring Ada is everything I ever hope for from a heroine Andthan a match for Loch.I don t want to say too much about Loch, because his secrets are his to tell, but I don t think it s a spoiler to say that I always felt how trustworthy he was Never mind that our first glimpse of him is when he s chained to a wall Peeling back the layers on his history is fascinating If I thought him a little too alpha at times, well, it never crossed over the line to unacceptable He has a core of respect and never steps over Ada s boundaries, regardless of what he wants.Their romance feels slightly rushed, but I think that sme than the book I ve been primarily reading Urban Fantasy and Fantasy for the last year or so Relationships develop muchslowly there Still, Ada and Loch progressed their relationship at a believable pace for all that was happening around them They were forced to find out if they could trust each other, and intense situations always bring out intense feelings I thought I would complain about the misunderstanding in the book when it came up And, honestly, I did roll my eyes when I saw it So often I want to shake the characters and demand they talk But you know what these guys did They TALKED AND each took responsibility for their part in the argument Love Love, love, love.Ada was also driven by muchthan just her feelings and hormones for a love interest She felt responsible for millions of people, and moved forward on things because she knew them to be right, sometimes in direct contradiction to Loch s desires and needs And there were times when he did the same I think one of the things I loved the most is seeing how these two came to terms with each other s independence and compromising on how to deal with the things the other couldn t or wouldn t change about themselves Their acceptance of each other and how they got there was amazing.I am absolutely dying for the next book, and many , in this series I ve already marked it on my calendar and am counting down the days.More available at The AlliteratesPre review.Wow That was kick ass, awesome, sexy, and fun I can t wait forFull review to come DNF at 52%.Newsflash I m a complete, utter, total idiot view spoiler Oh come on, I know this isn t exactly breaking news, but you could at least pretend it s a huge surprise and that, until this very moment, you d always been blown away by the dazzling sagacity of my two grey cells Not to mention forever full of grate that I d condescend to mingle among you, Brainless Little Barnacles hide spoiler I mean, I obviously wouldn t have read this ROMANCE set in space if I wasn t Becaus DNF at 52%.Newsflash I m a complete, utter, total idiot view spoiler Oh come on, I know this isn t exactly breaking news, but you could at least pretend it s a huge surprise and that, until this very moment, you d always been blown away by the dazzling sagacity of my two grey cells Not to mention forever full of grate that I d condescend to mingle among you, Brainless Little Barnacles hide spoiler I mean, I obviously wouldn t have read this ROMANCE set in space if I wasn t Because, you know, it s ROMANCE and stuff view spoiler Yes yes yes, I know, I said something vaguely similar in my pre review down there but this is one of the devastating side effects of my vicious Lovey Dovey Crap Allergy LDCA and therefore cannot be helped hide spoiler But I did, so I am A complete, utter, total idiot, I mean Don t mind me, just rehashing for the slackers in the back of the classroom Yay and stuff Anyhoo and stuff, when I started reading this most titillating book, I was super extra ready for some scrumpalicious intergalactic action It had been a while since I last used my modified phaser it s got a special handle so I can grab it with my pincers, just so you know , and I just couldn t wait to get it out of storage and go kill things dead So when Jessie Mihalik showed up unexpectedly and invited me for a ride, I was quite a little ecstatic and stuff No, this is not actually Jessie Mihalik, in case you were wondering It s her chauffeur, Engelbert the Scandalous Hop in I did And a moderately epic debacle this silly jolly romp in space turned out to be Because as daring and pugnacious and resilient as I might be, there are some things that are bloody shrimping too much, even for me Insta lurve My favorite Yay Clich d as fish romance Clich d as fish characters Clich d as fish everything Yay A Mary Sue heroine Another favorite Yay She s a princess She s super clever She s streetwise She s good looking She s in great shape She s augmented She kicks ass She cooks a mean paella That has yet to be verified, but Ada is so Super Extra Gifted I have no doubt she can prepare a paella, shoot at someone, haggle with the local fence and kiss the Gary Stu hero all at the same time Yay again Everyone one is white Everyone has blond hair Yay The MCs both havebronzeskin and dark hair, but the rest of the universe apparently fell into a bottle of hydrogen peroxide when they were born Yay Yes, when I say everyone, I do mean everyone Even space bovines Eyerolling material aplenty Yay Nearly lost two or three eyeballs while reading the book Quite the hazardous reading material this is Ridiculously convenient plot points galore They re totally unrealistic, but who the shrimp cares They re convenient and handy and most opportune, and it s all that matters Yay Bored bored bored bored bored Yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn Yay Nefarious Last Words NLW P.S Yeah yeah yeah, I know it s not me you, it s you me view spoiler hide spoiler Pre review nonsense This is NOT Sci Fi, it s bloody shrimping ROMANCE in a Sci Fi setting.My thoughts exactly Note to self even though the way books are shelved on Goodreads tends to be a constant wellspring of hilarity, sometimes, just sometimes, it also happens to be a somewhat reliable source of information So, you know, maybe, just maybe, you could bloody fishing check it you before reading a bloody book Full review to come and stuff