Series: Dock Five Universe #1
Published by Bantam on January 1st 1970
Genres: Science Fiction Romance
Reading Challenges: Out Of This World Reading Challenge
Award-winning author Linnea Sinclair brings her special sizzle to science fiction with this action-packed blend of otherworldly adventure and sexy stellar romance.
After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol ships, former captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit-nd shipped off to a remote prison planet from which no one ever escapes. But when she kills a brutal guard in an act of self-defense, someone even more dangerous emerges from the shadows.
Gabriel Sullivan-alpha mercenary, smuggler, and rogue–is supposed to be dead. Yet now this seductive ghost from Chaz's past is offering her a ticket to freedom-for a price. Someone in the Empire is secretly breeding jukors: vicious and uncontrollable killing machines that have long been outlawed. Gabriel needs Chaz to help him stop the practice before it decimates Imperial space. The mission means putting their lives on the line-but the tensions that heat up between them may be the riskiest part of all.
Chasidah, was once highly respected as a ships pilot of the sixth fleet, but when someone spread lies about her, she was wrongfully convicted of crimes that she didn’t commit, and sent to a prison world but she managed to escape with the help of a man that is a ghost to her: a man she thought she cared for deeply but yet was her enemy: Gabriel Sullivan. He offers to help her escape in return for her badass and creative knowledge to disband breeding labs that are killing innocent women in a very brutal way. Chasidah, knows the harm they these labs could create, but through their journey they discover treachery of those they trust and that these plans go very high in all forms of military and government. Very few can they trust. But Gabriel and Chasidah will rekindle old flames and find a love worth fighting and even dying for…
Gabriel Sullivan, or also known as “Sully” is a pirate, rogue and managed to fake his own death so he could be a “ghost”. Sully has a past where if the knowledge was fully revealed, then he would be hated and despised by many including the one woman he has held his heart for. Gabriel is a man that is alpha when he needs to be, proud, a fighter and cunning and over protective especially of his closest friends. Sully is a hero you could cheer for, I loved him to pieces. It was quite fun to see more and more depths to his character come shining through the story. and man, the more you learn about him, the more you like. Even though he does keep some things about himself a secret, I understood fully why.
Chasidah, grew up being raised by her mother who was a fighter herself. She is a heroine that is passionate and a fighter and doesn’t back down from a fight. I loved how courageous and brave she could in the most toughest of conditions. For the most part she is fairly level headed but can be quite stubborn about certain things. I did feel that she held things against Sully “too long” and Ren had to beat some sense into her every once in a while. I did love her personality—it was sassy yet sweet at times. I did like how practical she was and saw the bigger picture and could get the group of them out of trouble pretty quickly.
Plot and Story Line
I am so glad I was able to pick this book up, and it reminded me why I love sci fi romance and wow it has been way too long since I have picked up this genre. Gabriel’s Ghost is the first book in this series, and its a story of a mix of enemies to lovers and second chance romance tropes. Our hero has been in love with Chasidah for seven years, and I loved how he fights for her even when she is being a bit unforgiving at times and unaccepting of who he is.
You have all of me. All that I am is yours.
He does keep secrets from her, but in all honesty, I supported the reasons why. We see how much his “kind” is despised and literally hated, so the last thing he wants is the woman he would die for to hate him too. So he gives her the truth in increments. I respected this aspect of his character, because you see how torn he is many times through the book so my heart just ached for him and the kind of life he has had to live.
Chasidah. Angel. I love you beyond all measure. That is the only real truth.
Also one of the side characters…Ren is amazing with his long blue hair and six webbed fingers. He is a bit of a sweetie, and a romantic at heart because he is always helping these two get past their issues. We see the story through the heroine’s POV—so we see how she deals with situations and even though she does make mistakes, I did like she owns up to them and makes up for it. The romance between these two was simply perfect—very sweet and tender and quite a few tear jerking moments. This aspect really surprised me because I was expected such a soft side to their relationship especially considering the intense tone of the plot with them in danger constantly. It does leave us with a HFN type of ending, I do know that book 2 is a continuation of this same couple so I am pretty excited for that.
LOVE it!! Its the perfect sci fi romance cover….sensual and so blue
Gabriel’s Ghost is a intense and action packed romance that takes us across the galaxy and into a world of redemption, love and fighting for what is right over what is easy!