This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
About The Book
When an experimental starship test goes horribly wrong, a test pilot from Earth is flung across the galaxy and crash lands on the planet of a powerful alien king.
Pilot Mallory West is having a really bad day. She’s crashed on an alien planet, her ship is in pieces, and her best friend Poppy, the scientist monitoring the experiment, is missing. Dazed and injured, she collapses into the arms of a big, silver-eyed warrior king. But when her rescuer cuffs her to a bed and accuses her of being a spy, Mal knows she has to escape her darkly tempting captor and find her friend.
Overlord Rhain Zhalto Sarkany is in a battle to protect his planet Zhalto and his people from his evil, power-hungry father. He’ll use every one of his deadly Zhalton abilities to win the fight against his father’s lethal warlord and army of vicious creatures. Rhain suspects the tough, intriguing woman he pulls from a starship wreck is a trap, but when Mal escapes, he is compelled to track her down.
Fighting their overwhelming attraction, Mal and Rhain join forces to hunt down the warlord and find Poppy. But as Mal’s body reacts to Zhalto’s environment, it awakens dormant powers, and Rhain is the only one who can help her. As the warlord launches a brutal attack, it will take all of Mal and Rhain’s combined powers to save their friends, the planet, and themselves.
Overlord is the first book of the current series by Anna Hackett and I actually think this is my first sci-fi from this author. It’s possible I have read some of her older sci-fi but I will be honest many of her past covers and sign even this one, just scream indie sci-fi romance (LOL) But I am starting to get past the look of a certain style of indie covers and I am so happy that I did because this book was so delightful. So many good elements that brought together such a solid story and I can’t wait for book two which actually releases tomorrow. So I might read that conclusion later this week because I enjoyed this one so much. What drew me to this book was I was in a mood for some sci-fi romance and I have really REALLY neglected this sub-genre of late and I have been wanting to explore it much more. And it was a powerhouse of a read that I had such a fun time with.
Pilot Mallory West has served in the military for quite a while, and she loves the life that she lives even if it can be lonely at times. She is called up to be a pilot on an experimenting spaceship, and the plan with her co-pilot is to just travel to Jupiter and back but things don’t always go as planned and that is definitely the case here. Before Mallory realizes it, she is crash landing on a distant planet on the other side of the galaxy and she loses her co-pilot in the crash site, and is having to fight off a dangerous beast, and finds herself captured by the king of the area, whom they refer to as Overlord. Rhain Zhalto Sarkany is determined to protect his people from the machinations of his father and the greatest threat is that of a man that murdered his mother by his father’s wish. when he finds this strange woman, he suspects her of working with his father but finds himself intrigued by this captive who acts nothing like most of the women he knows. She is as beautiful as she is fierce, and soon they are fighting for their lives protecting those they care about the most, and finding justice. But can these two dividing forces find a passionate love amidst the chaos that has chosen to erupt in their lives?
What I Loved
Man on man did I enjoy this book so much. So many fun elements that are included in this story and I couldn’t get enough of seeing what works within this story here. I am so in love with this story and seeing what it brings together. I absolutely adored this book and I just love a fun adventure in a sci-fi romance. And Anna Hackett really wrote such a entertaining story that kept me hooked and you can easily read this one in one sitting. I read it in less than two hours and was a delight in every way. I especially loved our heroine. She is passionate, a fighter, crafty but also has a vulnerable side to her. I loved her fierce spirit in searching for her friend, and the bantering that built between Mallory and Rhain was so delightful. They just work so well together once they get through that sexual tension. They are so well matched and when they join forces, you better watch out. And also there is a bit of magical and mystical elements to this story that I wasn’t expecting. So many intense scenes that just kick ass and I am eager for more for what this author can deliver.
What I Struggled With
There wasn’t really anything specific, I mean it didn’t completely draw me to the point that it could get to a five-star read. I do feel like there could have been a bit more consistency in the pacing of the story. But other than that, it worked very well.
Overlord is a thrill, leaves you breathless and at the edge of your seat in this outer space adventure that will keep that heart rate up and keep you excited for more.
Author: Anna Hackett
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Length: 262 Pages
Storytelling Quality: 3.75
Story Itself: 4
Character Development: 4
Writing Style: 4
World Building 4
Feels + The Romantic Heart 4.25
Cover Art 3
Overall Rating of the Book
Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy
Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.
Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.
Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.
Overlord-Pub 2021 (262 Pages)
Emperor-Pub 2022-(264 Pages)
About The Author
I’m a USA Today bestselling romance author who’s passionate about fast-paced, emotion-filled romantic suspense and science-fiction romance. I love writing about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals. I like to believe it’s possible for all of us to do the same.