Review By Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
“Gin hummed as he gazed up at the series of wires. The Bethany’s engines were a complex mess of connectors. Much like the human body. Those wires let energy flow out to the ship, like arteries. The others were veins, bringing dark matter from the holding tanks and into the engines. Simple and effective. Still Gin marveled at the beauty.”—Spark in the Stars
Ginnovi “Gin” Oshwald and his sister, Temina are mechanics on Earth. Temina, or Tem, is known as the better mechanic. Not only that but she is headstrong and a little domineering—as big sisters can sometimes be. Because of it, Gin lives in the shadow of his sister. He wants nothing more than to prove his worth and show his independence.
One day, a captain from a starship comes to town, in need of a replacement mechanic. He’s looking for Tem but finds Gin instead. Gin pretends to be his sister. It’s easy to do especially since the captain has no idea who he is and because Gin and Tem look enough alike they could have been twins. And Gin doesn’t see anything wrong with the ruse since he’ll only be gone a week or two. Or so he thinks.
But it won’t only be a few weeks because Gin has signed on—fraudulently—for a two-year stint aboard a diplomatic ship headed to broker peace between a world on the brink of civil war. Complicating matters is that Gin is a spark. He has the ability to channel electricity (kind of handy for a mechanic), which is a result of his mixed alien DNA, something he really knew nothing about. He knows even less about how to control his nascent spark.
The captain, Lian Hartford, is able to help Gin with that. Then things get complicated as Gin’s fraudulent enlistment becomes apparent as do the captain’s feelings for Gin.
“Spark in the Stars” is one of several books Foster Bridget Cassidy has written. Her books are as varied as the magical (“Breaking His Spell”), the alien (this book) and even surfers in danger (“Pipelines in Paradise”). I found I liked the books she wrote in first person best. But “Spark in the Stars” was an easy read. It started well except the relationship between Gin and Lian was a bit artificial. Perhaps if the book had been longer, the relationship would have seemed less forced. Or if the relationship between the captain and Gin, his subordinate, was expanded, I would have connected more closely with the characters and their plight.
“A three-star book about a man with powers he barely understands, a man he’d like to understand better, and a diplomatic mission gone understandably awry.”