Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Bright Star
Author: Talia R. Blackwood
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 164 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 8, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: “I am his guardian angel. I don’t know who he is. I know every line of his face—the curve of his lips is carved in my soul—but I don’t know his name. I always called him just Prince.”
Tasked to watch over a young man in suspended animation, Phae, a clone, spends his life alone on an empty spaceship, focused only on the protection of his ward. Prince isn’t scheduled to wake for another twenty years, but an attack on the ship starts the automatic awakening procedure. Prince relieves Phae’s loneliness and teaches him the meaning of love. However, the mission becomes more complicated than either man was led to believe—and far more dangerous. Their destination is a world held hostage, where clones are disposable and Phae is scheduled for “recycling” when his duty is done.
I am not normally a fan of fantasy, but this story about a lonely clone was so sweet that I couldn’t help but fall in love. Phae’s sole purpose for being created was to live alone in outer space, on a dilapidated spaceship, while he guarded the frozen body of his prince. He was cloned in space and was destined to die by the time his trip was completed. How sad is that?
Phae’s existence was truly hard to read about at times. Crap food, dirty water, a huge and rundown ship, and all alone. You follow along while he reminisces over his wants, desires, fears, and dreams. He is the sweetest, most loving man and you just want him to find someone to love. That someone ends up being his prince.
Prince pissed off his royal daddy and was forced into a deep sleep for the 150 year trip to a galaxy far, far away where he was destined to be the betrothed of a king who isn’t even born yet. His wild youth caught up with him and his party days were put to a harsh and fast end. Waking up in mid-flight was not what he expected, but Phae was everything he wanted.
I completely enjoyed learning about Phae and his inner musings, and I loved that Prince was willing to love him in return (even if at first all he wanted was sex). The fantasy turned erotica was little awkward at first, and the having sex during a crisis was a little off-putting, but then the story returned and was even better than when it started. The selfless act by Phae was heartbreaking but made total sense. Prince could not survive the same as Phae, but it still made me sad.
The ending was really good. I loved that Phae and Prince both kept their promises at the conclusion of the trip. But the trials and tribulations for them to keep those promises were heart-pounding. I really hated the king and what Prince was forced to do, but Prince got the last laugh, and clones everywhere were rejoicing. The fact that Prince sacrificed at the end for Phae made me love him as much as I loved Phae, and it created a perfectly balanced story about love, acceptance, and commitment.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*