Author: Isabelle Adler
Series: Staying Afloat #2
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Publication Date: May 6, 2019
Length: 67900 Words
Reviewed by Jenn
You can only put the past away for so long.
This had never been truer for the crew of Matt’s ship, the Lady Lisa. Even as their engine suffers a critical malfunction and Matt scrambles to fund the costly repairs, Val, the ship’s reticent engineer, unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a deadly ghost from his past. Now it’s up to Matt, Ryce, and Tony to rescue him, even if it means breaking the law and striking an uneasy bargain with a local black-market kingpin—but what if this time their best efforts simply aren’t good enough?
And it might be that Val isn’t the only crew member Matt risks losing when his budding relationship with Ryce unexpectedly runs aground. With their love and commitment put to the test, Matt and Ryce must rally to save their friend and to keep their ship afloat, but in a race so desperate there might not be any real winners.
Ashore is book two in the Staying Afloat series and Adrift ( book one) should definitely be read first.
This story is all about not being able to outrun your past and your ghosts. It’s a really good follow up to book one, it answers some questions and asks a whole lot of new ones. I’m curious to see what the author will do next, there is certainly more to do with these characters. We see Matt, Ryce, and their crew, Tony and Val aboard the Lady Lisa.
The ship has taken a beating and she and her crew need some serious R&R. They do not have many good options, honestly…there are no good options. When they try to seek out help and repairs, they’re met with trouble. Trouble in the form of people wanting to do them more harm. Seriously, that cannot catch a break.
Matt and Ryce’s relationship takes a real hit as well when the past comes back to haunt them. Each of our four main characters are tested, some possibly irreparably so. This series has, at its heart, Matt and Ryce. Theirs is not a hot and heavy focal point of the series but is important to this tale. Seeing where we go with them in this book brings out a lot of feelings for me. I like them together, especially given the harshness of the world they live in.
This series, while definitely of the fantasy/science fiction genre, is easy to follow. We get very real plot points and it’s a character driven drama…all things I love. This is a fun ride, a little different than most of what I normally read and that’s part of why I enjoyed it so much. Hopefully we’ll see another book coming soon…I have questions!
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