Hi book friends! Welcome to the Bookstacks’ stop on the Starfighter Command blog tour, hosted by Grey’s Promotions. This book combines a Star Trek-type world with an intense workplace romance. Add in an Evil Queen bent on ruling the Universe and you’ve got yourself an intriguing story! Happy book birthday, Grace Goodwin!!
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STARFIGHTER COMMAND by Grace Goodwin
Series: Starfighter Training Academy #2
Published: June 15, 2021 by Grace Goodwin
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: 250 pages
Format Read: Kindle eARC
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Reviewed by: Megan
Challenges: 2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge – Letter “S”
⭐⭐⭐.5 (3.5 out of 5 stars)
ABOUT THE BOOK
I’m obsessed with the game.
I spend so many hours playing that I dream about dangerous missions on other worlds … and my gorgeous, in-game training partner, Kassius. That is, until I win. I beat the Starfighter Training Academy.
But is it a game? Or alien software designed to recruit new, unsuspecting soldiers for a war in another star system? Because when my hot as heck alien shows up at my workplace demanding I leave Earth and travel to the Vega system? What? When he informs me it’s my duty to fight Queen Raya and the Dark Fleet? Claims he wants me as much as I’ve craved him? Let’s just say things get crazy.
Facing the truth is never easy, but when I arrive at the Elite Starfighter base I learn that Kassius cheated the system, hacked into the game, and lied to everyone on two worlds to make me his.
>>> I received this eARC (digital advanced reader copy) as part of my participation in a blog tour with Grey’s Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Grace Goodwin. The gifting of this ebook did not affect my opinion of it. <<<
Think of Starfighter Command as Star Trek but with characters who only think of sex.
My main complaint with the first book in this series, The First Starfighter, was that Jamie seemed like a horny teenager. I don’t think I ever found out her age but all she thought about was sex. Sex, sex, sex. With Mia, there seems to be more substance to her. She works and lives in Germany – for the government or law enforcement? – but has been playing this online game called the Starfighter Training Academy with her two friends – Jamie from the USA and Lily from England.
I was very intrigued by the concept of an alien race imbedding their military training program into a “game”, then sending it out to other planets to replenish their ranks. It’s definitely a unique way to increase your force. Also, the fact that we have three girls playing (showing that girls are just as strong as boys are!) really made me enjoy what I was reading. It wasn’t your classic gamer guy playing a military game just for boys.
Mia has a serious lusty-love crush on her game’s avatar, Kassius. Of course, when she finds out he’s real and he’s come to take her to his home planet of Velerion, they have sex in a closet at work. She’s definitely not hesitant like Jamie was when Alex (Alexius) showed up on her doorstep.
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The entire premise of this book is that Mia and Kass need to hack into Dark Fleet systems and help them destroy these missiles that are capable of destroying entire planets. But we get a whole lot of drama when Captain Sponder – Kass’s previous commanding officer – refuses to leave them alone. He has a serious vendetta against Kass and I spent most of the book wishing someone would just blow him out an airlock. Do they have airlocks in this universe?
The “aliens” in this book swear … a lot. English, Earth swear words. I understand that they’ve somewhat learned English to communicate with humans (though, why they bother is beyond me – you get a nanite injection right away – like a universal translator). But the Generals swear and the dirty sex talk is definitely Earth-based.
As for the main characters …
Sorry Kass, I liked Alex better (Jamie’s alien). But I connected more with Mia, mostly because Jamie reminds me of a sex-crazed teenager. For main characters, they were well-written and I didn’t dislike any … I just liked two of them more 🙂
About the Author – Grace Goodwin
Grace Goodwin is a USA Today and international bestselling author of Sci-Fi and Paranormal romance with nearly one million books sold. Grace’s titles are available worldwide in multiple languages in ebook, print and audio formats. Two best friends, one left-brained, the other right-brained, make up the award-winning writing duo that is Grace Goodwin. They are both mothers, escape room enthusiasts, avid readers and intrepid defenders of their preferred beverages. (There may or may not be an ongoing tea vs. coffee war occurring during their daily communications.) Grace loves to hear from readers.
Final Answer for Starfighter Command?
This is definitely a fun science fiction/romance-y book to read. I would have liked to see a bit more sci-fi in it, but the plot moved along at a good pace. I’m eager to see what happens next when Lily finishes the game and meets her sexy alien!