Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Closer Than Touch ( A Zodiac Forces story ) by Tami Veldura

A Zodiac Forces short story.

Deia has difficulty keeping partners; no matter how hard they try, they keep winding up dead. Bad enough in a special operations unit, but Deia is a Gemini, meant to work with a partner at a level of intimacy that leaves all his other relationships dull and distant by comparison.

Tired of his partners dying, Deia is ready to transfer to Scorpio, where working alone isn’t a problem. When his boss stipulates he’ll only sign off on the transfer if Deia meets a new candidate, Deia reluctantly agrees to try one last time.

Reviewer: RedDragonfly
Closer Than Touch starts off right in the middle of the last mission that Deia had with a previous partner, this is due to the fact that his partner dies during it. In fact, Deia is called the Black Widow at his government agency because he isn't really good with partners. In comes Phade, who is highly recommended as being compatible with Deia and who has extensive training and is the best of the best. At first Deia isn't happy about being assigned a new Gemini partner, he believes that he would be a better fit to a Scorpio, where he can work solo. But Phade quickly wiggles his way under Deia's skin and he not only ends up wanting him as a partner but he ends up falling for him.

I really liked parts of this book but parts I felt like could have used some work because they were just missing something. I felt like the world wasn't developed enough. We really didn't know anything about the universe that they lived in or the agency they worked for or even the different zodiac groups in the agency. There were a few things described here or there but because we were in Deia's head, we were basically suppose to know the world already, so not enough was given to make me understand the world, let alone love it. What I did love though was the character interactions. Deia and Phade were both witty and the conversations had me laughing many times. Phade's arrogance was pretty funny also, a lot of times I hate characters that are that cocky but his one liners were great. I also liked the action scenes, which was a large chunk of this story, they were really well written and you could picture it in your mind. I'm giving this book 4 stars.

Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


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