Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: Cold Warriors (Cold Warriors #1) by Clare Dargin

Left in cryogenic stasis for nearly a century, Caitlin Driskoll is awakened and drafted into a war she knows nothing about. Expected to defend a world where her kind is despised and expendable, she discovers love and respect from the one man who can’t be associated with her.

Lieutenant Colonel Medoro Keegan has spent a lifetime in the Marines. With no family to speak of, the Corps and his ship, the USS Blanchard, are all the loved ones he needs…until Caitlin sparks a fire within, that threatens to consume him if he doesn’t walk away.

Will he choose a life of certainty in the only world he knows or give it all to Caitlin and run the risk of losing someone, yet again?


I've always found sci-fi romance a challenge to read. Sure, the out of this universe world building can make a story, or all the weird terms and pseudo science will turn me away. Cold Warriors is the right balance of outer space, futuristic issues, and a romance. 

Heroine Caitlin Driskoll is awakened from cryostasis and thrust into a world where "Cryos" are third-class citizens. Actually they're worse off than that. People like her are cannon fodder in an alien war. Husky hero Colonel Medoro Keegan and Caitlin don't mix at first, but inevitable sparks go zing, and the two spend light years day dreaming about the other.

While the pace could crank up a bit with the removal of backstory on all the characters, I enjoyed the underlying story of Caitlin's forced service to the new military, and Keegan's struggle to keep her safe. The interracial romance, which might draw readers due to the attractive book cover, had added depth because the skin color of the lovers didn't matter. In Driskoll's future world, racism is leveled against Cryos because they're considered subhuman.

The nagging complaint I have concerns the lack of surprises in the book. I could predict every twist, every reaction. This is a by the numbers sort of sci-fi romance. If that's what you enjoy, you'll dig this book.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to BBMoreB free of charge by Decadent Publishing or the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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