Monday, March 19, 2012

Starheart by Greta van der Rol
My rating: 4 and 1/2 of 5 Stars

Book blurb:
She's lost her husband, her best friend is missing. What else has she got to lose?

Slightly shady freighter captain, Jess Sondijk, thought she had her life under control until Admiral Hudson's Confederacy battle cruiser stops her ship to search for contraband. His questions reopen matters she had thought resolved. What if her husband's death on his way back from Tabora wasn't accidental? Jess decides to investigate, while keeping Hudson at arms' length.

While he's attracted to the lovely Jess, Hudson is also concerned about what might be happening on Tabora and how that may involve the Confederacy's enemies.

Jess and Hudson's interests collide in more ways than one. But while Jess is more than willing to put her life on the line to protect what's hers, Hudson must balance the risk of inter-species war at worst and the end of his career at best, in a deadly game of political intrigue, murder and greed. At the end of the day, how much is he willing to lose for the woman he has come to love?

My review:

I don't like the cover on this one and had I judged the book by it, I would never have read it. The cover makes it look like a cheesy Harlequin Romance on a space station. That is NOT what this book is.

If you are easily offended by the occasionally dropped F-bomb or prefer your books to be non-sexual you may not enjoy this one. There are some strong adult themes here - i.e. murder, human-trafficking and prostitution, adultery, and homosexuality. It is not, however, written in an overly graphic or heavy manner.

This book has it all. It is a sci-fi/fantasy with an unusual element. The heroine is a thirty-something single mother! I like that perspective. The character of Jess is well developed and easy to relate to, especially as a mother. You feel a strong sense of bonding with her when her daughter is endangered.

This book is also a fun action/adventure, a murder mystery, a crime novel and a romance all wrapped up in one neat package!

The romance between the two main characters moved a little fast for me and Hudson's character could have been slightly more developed, but those are really minor details. 

The mystery was drawn out just enough to keep you wondering what the heck was really going on, and the action was spectacular! I really enjoyed this book. A lot!

It is a fun, quick and adventurous read.

Good on ya Greta!

Readers, if you were writing a sci-fi novel, what would your hero/heroine be like? 

About the author:

Greta van der Rol loves writing science fiction with a large dollop of good old, healthy romance. She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours.

Want to get in touch with Greta? You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, or her own website

Want to purchase Starheart? You can find it on Amazon UK or Amazon US.



  1. great review. Sounds like my kind of reading. Will get this. I agree the cover is a turn off, but I have learned to read reviews first, a great cover does not always mean a great read. About a heroine, she would have to be intelligent bordering on impudent, able to kick butt and not be too pretty, and NOT blonde!
    Laura Thomas

    1. Laura I like the sound of your heroine. You let me know when you write that novel! And be sure to let me know what you think of Starheart once you have read it. Thanks for commenting.