Title: To See the Sun
Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: August 13, 2018
Genre: MM Romance, Science Fiction
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 295 Pages
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Survival is hard enough in the outer colonies—what chance does love have?
Life can be harsh and lonely in the outer colonies, but miner-turned-farmer Abraham Bauer is living his dream, cultivating crops that will one day turn the unforgiving world of Alkirak into paradise. He wants more, though. A companion—someone quiet like him. Someone to share his days, his bed, and his heart.
Gael Sonnen has never seen the sky, let alone the sun. He’s spent his whole life locked in the undercity beneath Zhemosen, running from one desperate situation to another. For a chance to get out, he’ll do just about anything—even travel to the far end of the galaxy as a mail-order husband. But no plan of Gael’s has ever gone smoothly, and his new start on Alkirak is no exception. Things go wrong from the moment he steps off the shuttle.
Although Gael arrives with unexpected complications, Abraham is prepared to make their relationship work—until Gael’s past catches up with them, threatening Abraham’s livelihood, the freedom Gael gave everything for, and the love neither man ever hoped to find.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
“To See the Sun” brought you on a journey across the galaxy. I wouldn’t guess it with the way the story started, but for something of a harsh premise, the story was actually rather sweet and touching. It’s the space opera sci-fi version of a mail order (bride)groom. Bram was the farmer of a remote planet (practically at the edge of the solar system) and Gael the ordered companion. When Gael’s after-effects of past life intruded into the carefully planned new one, he just …improvised!
Essentially this was a story of new beginning and starting a family. Everyone had different idea of what made a family, but after going through some rough times, Bram and Gael made it here. For all companion-ordering expectation we had of the story, I considered this a soft romance with mild graphic scenes between the men. The overall telling was quite emotional, both seen from Bram’s and Gael’s POVs. Enriched with beguiling characters, this book had me hooked from start to finish.
Jensen managed to portray the harsh living in untamed territory mixed with what presumed as predated intricate technology. In short, it was a fun ride – a wild west space opera kind. But I loved that in spite of the usual by-the-book route futuristic officials promoted, the one here took on very humane approach. That it escalated into the sort of monumental episode that shifted everything was nothing sort of brilliant. A painful one, but brilliant nonetheless.
For me, the only niggle I had was the nescience of what had became of the people Gael left behind (and I don’t mean the bad guy, those could go to hell for all I know). A necessary evil, perhaps. But man I really wish there was some sort of indication. Who knows, maybe the author had a plan to tell their story sometime (soon) – a sequel to this book?? *nudge*nudge* One could only hope…
Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by the author in exchange for an honest review.