The truth will set you free.
Mark Sayre joins the Interstellar Navy for the money—his only goal is to keep his little brother out of the colony mines that sent their father to an early grave. With concepts like duty and honor floating high over his head, he hardly expects to fall for the serious, idealistic Shane Cawley. Not to mention that Shane is his commanding officer . . . and his Resonance partner, a one-in-ten-thousand mental connection so profound that they can travel in each other’s mindscapes.
Shane Cawley is carrying on the family tradition by serving in the Interstellar Navy. He hardly expects to fall for the quirky, happy-go-lucky Mark Sayre. But as the Resonance between them grows, neither can deny what he feels for the other.
When war breaks out, Mark and Shane find their military training and their Resonance link tested to the edge of sanity. Shane is haunted by memories and flashbacks, and Mark becomes trapped in his own mindscape. But with help from an unlikely ally, they may be able to salvage their futures and the love they share.
Doesn’t that blurb sound interesting? Yeah? I did to me too. So I imagine my upset when the story I read was vastly different from what I was expecting. This is a short (very short) science-fiction romance. When the story opens Shane is visiting his lover Mark in a mental hospital where he is comatose, trapped in his own mind since being rescued as a POW in the interstellar war. From there the story jumps from present to past tense and from Mark to Shane’s POVs for the rest of the book. It was confusing at times. I’m not sure if it was just the formatting of my copy, but the jumps in time and POV came with no warning and lasted only a few pages. It started to bother me after the first twenty pages or so and I was ready for Shane to figure out a way to wake Mark up just so they could maybe be in the same time period together and not make my head hurt.
I do think this story could have worked better if it had been better fleshed out, with a more in-depth telling of Shane and Mark’s love story. There were small bits of it revealed through flashbacks told through Mark’s POV, but every time I thought maybe I could get a handle on their relationship time jumped and we were back to the insane asylum where Shane is desperately trying to get inside Mark’s mind. After awhile I was just reading to finish and didn’t care. There wasn’t even any sex. None. Not any. At all. Very disappointing.
Mindscape by Tal Valante
December 23rd 2013 by Riptide Publishing
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