Published by Susan Grant on September 7th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic, Science Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
An imperfect hero battles his inner demons in a race against time to save the woman he loves...
First he had to rescue her. Then he'd try to win her back.
A Marine serving in the galactic frontier, Lieutenant Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive--and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Captain Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender--his heart. Lukas's struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing in action. Now the rugged, emotionally scarred Marine and his K-9 partner must find Carlynn and bring her home, or risk losing everything he has finally found worth fighting for.
(Expanded from the novella "Stray", originally published in the Pets in Space 1 Anthology)
STAR HERO is a novella sequel to THE CHAMPION OF BARESH (re-released as STAR CHAMPION) which I adored, so I jumped at the opportunity to return to Baresh, the smelly, dirty mining town under a glass dome. Baresh is a world crawling with packs of wild dog-like creatures, mobs of feral children and overwhelming despair.
The two main human characters, Lukas and Carlynn as both off-worlders. Carlynn is a pilot and Lukas served as a Marine, first on Earth, then in space. The characters were both brilliantly developed. Lukas struggles from serious PTSD. Carlynn struggles to understand why Lukas can’t just get help, talk to someone, anything. The story is told over months, with their relationship having highs and lows that make this short novella feel much longer - in a good way.
The third character who gets a POV is Bang-Bang, the “dog”. They look like Earth dogs, but are much more intelligent and empathic. The Earth Marines, on arriving, have picked up the strays and trained them to be highly effective K-9 units. Bang-Bang also serves as a PTSD service dog, despite Lukas not realising it at first. The chapters from the dog’s POV are different, but sparse enough to be enjoyable.
With an exciting but simple story, STAR HERO is a wonderful story about second chances and proving that you’ve earned a happy ending - IN SPACE!Series Titles:
- Star King
- Star Prince
- Star Rogue
- Star Champion