Saturday, 29 November 2014
Book: Mine to Hold by Shona Husk
It has been six months since the ES Siren left Earth with settlers for Solitaire, and now life has settled into a rythm for head vet, Silke. Assisted in the Barn by Whites Prisoner Vance, she can't help but be attracted to him but they both accept that nothing should happen between them, and then there's Leo Grady, a member of the flight crew who clearly has a thing for Silke. As time progresses, Silke isn't sure how to choose between the two men, and starts to think that she shouldn't have to...a thought that Vance has been sharing...all they have to do is convince Leo...
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I discovered the ES Siren series (written by Shona Husk, Denise Rossetti and Mel Teshco) a while back, and on discovering there were more books about to be released I got very excited! This is book 4 of the series and is the first one that has a choice of two men in it, and by choice I mean just two men. And I thought it worked well.
From the beginning of the series it has been clear that someone on Earth had a little bit of an oversight when picking the people to go to Solitaire because men outnumbered women 4:1, and this book expanded on that (particularly because Silke was a vet and wanted to stay single). It also had an effect on the relationships between the characters because Silke was the one with the power to choose.
Silke herself was a bit of an everywoman. She just wanted to be happy, wasn't really looking for love at all but it found her anyway. I appreciated that about her, as well as the fact she definitely wasn't a goody two shoes (as she pointed out she actually should have been a yellow prisoner - the less dangerous kind - rather than a civilian, despite the fact she was morally in the right).
Vance and Leo were two very different men. Vance was a murderer, and he wasn't framed or anything like that, but as a reader it's easy to understand his actions and he doesn't come across as the kind of man that would hurt someone that didn't deserve it. Leo was different again, though he was an officer he was kind of everyone and saw that he treated everyone the same.
Romance wise, there was strong chemistry between the various characters, and having known each other for six months there was a friendship between them which had potential. This made the situation progress in a realistic way, and it got more interesting once the relationship between Leo and Vance started to progress. Having been in prison for 20 years, Vance already knew that he had a fluid sexuality, but Leo took time coming round to it, but you could see their relationship progressing through small touches and comments and I really thought it worked.
This is a great addition to the series, I can't wait to read more!