Brenna Aubrey has done it again. Following on from the amazing ‘Gaming the System’ series, she brings us two new enigmatic characters in the form of Gray Barrett and Ryan Tyler.
As a little girl, Gray dreamed about space, rockets, planets and astronauts, unfortunately she dreamed of them all from the confines of a hospital bed. Now as a grown woman her dream of working with astronauts is within her grasp. Gray is an almost qualified psychologist who works for Xventure, the company that makes rockets and the first to devise a commercial program to send astronauts into space, known as XPAC.
Commander Ryan Tyler is the fallen-from-grace hero who has spent the past year in a haze of drunken parties and women. As the new face of XPAC he needs to clean up his act and the dubious task is placed in the unwilling hands of Gray. The time they spend together gradually brings them closer as Ryan finds that his former life is not what he wants or needs. What he needs is Gray, but can he keep hold of her?
Gray is the quiet, geeky, nerd girl. She is not impervious to the charms and looks of Commander Ryan Tyler but she does put up a strong fight to resist him. When Gray moves into his house to ‘babysit’ him, Ryan needs to find ways of distracting her…sleeping with her should work but she doesn’t fall at his feet like most women do. There is also something that has happened in the past between Gray and Ryan that Gray remembers but Ryan doesn’t. It is a recurring point throughout the book but is not revealed, I am guessing we will find out what this secret is in the next book.
Great to see the familiar character of Adam Drake pop up in this story. There are also lots of other great characters, Pari, Victoria, Tolan, Kirill and not forgetting the lovely Keely. Keely was a surprise, I thought I was going to hate her character for the part she is playing, but she is actually really sweet and knows the feelings that Gray and Ryan have for each other, can’t help but like her.
If you have never read the ‘Gaming the System’ series, I can highly recommend it but it is not vital to have read it before you read this series. For anyone who likes their men hot, their women strong and whole lot of sci-fi book and film references thrown in together then you will love this. The book finishes on a bit of a cliffhanger and I am now on tender-hooks having to wait another 2 months to find out what happens!
ARC review courtesy of NetGalley
Commander Ryan Tyler is a true American hero–a former Navy SEAL and the man who saved the International Space Station. Yet he couldn’t save the best friend who died in his place. Fallout from that tragic accident thrust Ty into a dark and dangerous lifestyle, but when he’s given the unexpected chance to fly again, he grabs it.
Gray Barrett never imagined that her dream job as a flight psychologist would depend upon keeping an astronaut-gone-wild on the straight and narrow. Yet here she is, babysitting the gorgeous and insufferably cocky Ryan Tyler. Everything hangs on his ability to maintain a new image for the public eye to make up for past sins. But as they spend time together, she’s drawn to the shattered man who refuses to let anyone through the impenetrable façade he’s built around himself.
Their goals are firmly in place and almost within grasp. The only thing that could screw it up is falling in love.