Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Chain Reaction by Zoë Archer

Chain Reaciton by Zoë Archer
Series: 8th Wing, Book 2
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance Chain Reaction Cover
ISBN: 9781426893032
Buy it here: Carina Press | Amazon

Lieutenant Celine Jur is a legend even among her fellow Black Wraith pilots. But even legends can be captured and Celine was only recently rescued from captivity after a device disabled her ship. Now the man who created the device has been located and Celine is ready for revenge. The only problem? Command wants her to take engineer Nils Calder along on the mission. Celine has no desire to bring a guy from NerdWorks with her. If she needs a partner, she’ll take one trained for combat. But tech geek Nils has a few surprises in store for Celine. He isn’t just a brain and he’s ready to prove to Celine he’s more than capable of being her partner…in more ways than one.

Zoë Archer’s second 8th Wing story is even better than the first! Chain Reaction is a sexy, fun, clever story that’ll keep you entertained from the first page to the last. I love how Celine’s strength was complimented by her femininity. So often when we see tough heroines the authors have them act masculine as a way to prove their strength – something I find unnecessary. Ms. Archer excels at creating a strong female protagonist who is relatable as well. I adored Celine and wanted her to find happiness with someone who sees her as more than a famous pilot. Nils is exactly the right man for her. He’s a total geek (which I love), but he’s also a skilled fighter. I admit, I was slightly envious of Celine because I’d love to have Nils show up on my doorstep ;) Still, Nils and Celine complement one another perfectly, which is what makes Chain Reaction such an excellent story.

I’m very picky about science fiction stories and I’m not too keen on a lot of the sci-fi romances out there. However, since I enjoy Ms. Archer’s work I decided to give her 8th Wing series a try. I’m so glad I did. No matter the genre, Ms. Archer delivers a great story with excellent world building and characters readers are sure to become invested in. If you haven’t read the first 8th Wing book, Collision Course, you can read Chain Reaction as a standalone. However, fans of Collision Course will undoubtedly be delighted that Kell and Mara play strong supporting roles in Chain Reaction.

Whether you like sci-fi, romance, nerdy heroes, strong heroines, or all of the above, Chain Reaction is a solidly entertaining read you’ll no doubt enjoy. I finished Nils and Celine’s story a well-satisfied reader and I can’t wait to read Ms. Archer’s next book!


Unknown said...

Thanks for this review! I have her first book in the 8th Ward series, but haven't read it yet. It's been on the back burner, but now I can't wait!

I have never read Zoe Archer before, and she sounds like a very skilled writer. I can't wait to read all of the books and work my way up to this one -- sounds so sexy!

Love your reviews,

- Esther

Kimberly said...

Thanks so much Esther!

ZA is a great writer and I like that she branches out to different genres :)