by Missouri Vaun.
Blurb: Geologist Dr. Leah Warren wakes after extended cryogenic hibernation to discover she’s crash-landed on a foreign planet. The sole survivor of her crew, she struggles to piece together what went wrong. Leah ventures from the ship in search of signs of life only to be captured by desert raiders.
Keegan, a clan warrior, discovers Leah, weak and barely alive. Her kindness and affection for Leah seem in direct conflict with her tough and emotionally remote façade, and Leah’s attraction for the reserved warrior grows. Unfortunately, Tiago, the clan’s volatile chieftain, is a tyrant who wants Leah for himself. Keegan will have to relinquish Leah or challenge Tiago. Will love give Keegan the strength to defeat him?
Length: 75,000 words.
Series: N/A Standalone.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: I absolutely loved Proxima Five! The sci-fi setting mixed with the love/hate romance of the two leads combined to create a novel that I couldn’t put down. I adored the story, the characters, and the vivid story telling of Vaun – Proxima Five was a novel that I devoured and loved ❤
The story starts off with Geologist Dr. Leah Warren waking up from cryogenic hibernation to find that nothing in her mission has gone right. The discovery of the rest of her crew, the barren landscape, and her journey to find more information, start the novel off on its action packed adventure. Pretty much from this point on, the story kept an amazing pace with my attention not wavering once.
What really had me tapping page after page, was the mystery behind the story. Just as Leah doesn’t understand the society that she finds herself in, neither does the reader. Did Leah fly off course? Is this planet the one she was meant to land on? I found myself constantly looking for clues to the larger mystery of Proxima Five.
Outside of this fantastic pacing and storytelling, were the characters Leah and Keegan. The pair start off on uneven footing, Keegan is in a position of power and Leah is alone in an unknown place and time. To say the start of the pairs relationship is a bit rocky is an understatement, however from the very start there is the constant desire.
In some ways Keegan is a simple character, sure of what she wants, her place, and her desires. However as more is revealed about Leah’s past, so too does Keegan show more emotional depth. On the other side Leah is a nuanced character, she is intelligent and from another world. Often Leah points out the short comings of the world around her, prompting Keegan to begin to question the way things are done. As a pair, they fit well together and they were a pleasure to read.
Proxima Five is an emotional journey between Leah and Keegan as they not only overcome the power imbalance in their relationship but as they start to truly see each other. Once they do though, the results had me smiling down at the book.
The mystery of the novel combined with the non-stop action and romance had me flying though the book. Proxima Five is the first novel I’ve read of Vaun’s and the first from Bold Strokes Books, however I will be seeking more from both!
- The world building – Vaun has created an intricate world in Proxima Five. Not only do we have a sci-fi story but we have a loaded backstory for the world. As more information is revealed to us, many other aspects of the story make sense. All the puzzle pieces fall into place to create a huge history for the planet and Leah’s mission.
- Leah and Keegan’s relationship – I said it before but I really enjoyed the love/hate relationship of the two. While not a traditional hate to love story, the pair circle each other as they work to understand one another more. By the end I really loved the dynamic between and relationship of the pair.
Proxima Five is an excellent and entertaining read and I would really recommend that everyone pick up this book and give it a go. However if you’re a fan of:
- Lesbian relationships
or any combination of the above, then I would definitely recommend you read Proxima Five.
Please note: I received a copy of Proxima Five from NetGalley.