Havoc by Linda Gayle (5 Stars)

Riveting, romantic character driven intergalactic love story with three amazing characters in a fight to save themselves and humanity.

Kels Nero Havoc, captain of the Ash Nova, is trying to get said ship back. His first mate and best friend, Elion Ingemar Andervaars, is unsuccessfully trying to help him. Along comes Sayal Iluma, a stranger with a proposition. If she helps them win their ship back, will they take her to the Zone? Thus begins the mystery of unravelling who Sayal really is and her reasons for desperately wanting to go to the Zone.

All three of these characters bring their point of view to the story which allowed us to get to really know each of them. Kels was a solid leader with high morals, an innate kindness, and a charming sexually charged personality. Elion has been in love with Kels, along with having a bit of hero worship, ever since Kels saved his life. Raised in the military, Elion is kind, quiet, and strong. He knows he wants Kels as more than a friend, but isn’t sure how to get him. Sayal is also a strong character, both in her abilities and in her desire to accomplish her main objective.

As they work toward their goal of getting Sayal to the Zone, the three of them begin to fall in love, both separately and as a triad. It was perfect that they spent time alone with each other before finally coming together as a team.

The plot was exciting, including participating in the sex games, winning their ship back and their travels to the Zone. The story was dynamic, weaving together several ideas throughout the tale to bring us to our conclusion. There were also some interesting concepts presented about the beginning of life on earth and why we’re here.

An amazing story where every action, every sex scene, and every conversation helped to move the plot, the romance, and the relationships along. The love story was beautiful, and the action-packed, science fiction-based plot was exciting and interesting. I would love to see more stories take place in this world the author built.

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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Kels Havoc could have written a book about all the ways to lose a lover—and with the departure of his latest, he’s ready to add another chapter. This time, though, he’s determined to follow her to the high sex games on the far side of the universe and win her back. Unfortunately, Captain Havoc just gambled away his beloved ship. His grand gesture will have to wait–until a strange girl offers a proposition that might solve all his problems.

As an alien/human hybrid, Sayal Iluma’s very existence is illegal. But four months on the run, she’s ready to turn and strike back at the Prime, the creature that created and enslaved her. The Prime is a fan of the high games; what Sayal needs is transportation—and a sex partner to get her inside. Then she’ll be in the perfect position to kill. Once she uses her secret empathic abilities to help Kels win back his ship, she’ll be on her way.

With Kels’ lover gone, first mate Elion Andervaars finally has a chance to reveal the hidden torch he’s been carrying for his captain. Then Sayal appears. She’s nothing more than a moneyless girl who’ll take advantage of his boss’s big heart. Yet he finds himself equally affected by her beauty and softens just enough to offer her deal. If she goes one round with Kels in the local sex games, Elion will agree to allow her to travel with them—after she’s done her part and helped them win back their ship, of course.

In the sexually charged atmosphere of the games, the three of them forge bonds that go far beyond the boundaries of their original bargain. Bonds that are tested when Kels and Elion find out Sayal is something more than human.

Their gamble turns out to be only the first of many. The Prime is in an unholy alliance with the ruthless military complex, and Sayal is the centerpiece of his diabolical plans. There’s only one way for Kels, Sayal and Elion to save the Sentient Universe and win their freedom: Risk their lives—and their love for each other.

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