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Moonstruck (Borderlands) [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Grant
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373772599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373772599
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,354,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book! 27 May 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a total fan of this author's work. One hundred percent gaga. And yet, I did not really expect that she could further surpass my expectations and blast them completely out of the galaxy. Moonstruck embodies for me everything that is necessary when it comes to reading romance. I was in fact moonstruck in the sense it has in this book: totally in love with everything about it.

Admiral Britasha Bandar (Brit for short) isn't thrilled with the turn of events. She's not ready to give up the ghosts and despair that drove her to become one of the most successful women in the Coalition. However, the Coaltion is no more, but rather the Triad, a conglomerate of Coalition, Earthling and Drakken soldiers. Brit's been chosen to command the symbolic accord amongst all of them aboard the new ship, Unity. For a woman that believes the only good Drakken is a dead one, it'll be a challenge to say the least. And when she meets her new second-in-command, her emotional barriers will be stretched to the limit.

Warleader Finnar Rorkken of the former Drakken Horde is grateful in the extreme for the opportunity that comes his way. To serve aboard the Unity, even if under one of his biggest rivals, means a better life for him and his ragtag crew. But can the former Scourge of the Borderlands assimilate successfully into such a foreign culture? Brit certainly has her doubts, but Finn is determined to prove his and his crew's worth, indeed the worth of the Drakken people as a whole. The beautiful woman is an incentive too like no other. As they tumble into a raging attraction, they'll have to deal with terrorists that threaten the new Triad efforts, Brit's past horrors that cripple her emotionally and Finn's struggle to find himself in the face of a new culture.
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The war is over. Finally there is peace in the galaxy. The Coalition, Drakken Horde and Earth are now united (The Triad Alliance). But Admiral Britasha Bandar doesn't like it one bit. She's made a career out of capturing and killing the vile Drakken. The same people who made her into the emotionless leader of the Coalition forces she is today. Brit didn't get the nickname 'Stone Heart' for nothing. Now the alliance wants her to command a diplomatic ship called Unity bringing stabilization and reorganization. If that wasn't bad enough, her ships crew will be a mixture of those peoples. And her second in command is none other than the former Imperial Fleet warleader (and sometimes pirate) the Hordish Finnar Rorkken -her nemesis. The one man she was never able to capture. Their attraction is immediate. Soon Finn finds that under Birts icy exterior lies a woman who needs to be healed and loved. But will she ever allow him close enough?

I loved this book. A nice change having the heroine be the alpha instead of the hero. Brit is a fearless, somewhat emotionless and controlled leader. And just like in other romances (except of course its usually the hero), she needs the perfect someone who will show her unconditional love and patience. Finn is that man. But don't be fooled, he's not the shrinking violet type. He provides the support and love Brit needs while giving her the space to make her own decisions. And boy! are they smoking HOT together! Just a really great couple.

There is also an interesting secondary romance with Brit's assistant and another member of the crew. That one had me guessing and hopefully Grant will expand on it in future books.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good lite sci-fi romance with an Alpha female - 1st in the Borderland series 3 July 2008
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The war is over. Finally there is peace in the galaxy. The Coalition, Drakken Horde and Earth are now united (The Triad Alliance). But Admiral Britasha Bandar doesn't like it one bit. She's made a career out of capturing and killing the vile Drakken. The same people who made her into the emotionless leader of the Coalition forces she is today. Brit didn't get the nickname 'Stone Heart' for nothing. Now the alliance wants her to command a diplomatic ship called Unity bringing stabilization and reorganization. If that wasn't bad enough, her ships crew will be a mixture of those peoples. And her second in command is none other than the former Imperial Fleet warleader (and sometimes pirate) the Hordish Finnar Rorkken -her nemesis. The one man she was never able to capture. Their attraction is immediate. Soon Finn finds that under Birts icy exterior lies a woman who needs to be healed and loved. But will she ever allow him close enough?

I loved this book. A nice change having the heroine be the alpha instead of the hero. Brit is a fearless, somewhat emotionless and controlled leader. And just like in other romances (except of course its usually the hero), she needs the perfect someone who will show her unconditional love and patience. Finn is that man. But don't be fooled, he's not the shrinking violet type. He provides the support and love Brit needs while giving her the space to make her own decisions. And boy! are they smoking HOT together! Just a really great couple.

There is also an interesting secondary romance with Brit's assistant and another member of the crew. That one had me guessing and hopefully Grant will expand on it in future books.

Admittedly I don't read sci-fi (something about Star Trek makes me want to burst out laughing) so I can't compare this to that genre. But I do read a lot of contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. And I found Moonstruck to be way above average compared to a typical romance (especially anything harlequinn). The sci-fi part is just right IMHO. Not overly detailed (eyes glazing over) but enough to be intriguing. And I loved the romance mixed with a bit of space adventure.

I'm not sure I'd recommend Moonstruck to strictly sci-fi readers -not meaty enough. But romance readers should enjoy this lite sci-fi romance book.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a 4 1/2 star rating, I enjoyed this book quite a bit 29 May 2008
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So few romance authors cross the line into science fiction and fewer still are able to do it well. I LOVED MOONSTRICK! Finn Rorkken and Brit Bandar are two engrossing characters that I enjoyed getting to know and wanted to read more about. Ex-pirate in the now defeated Drakken - Hoarde empire, Rorkken is the best of the worst to join the new Triad alliance. Coalition, Drakken and Earth forces are now on the same side trying to keep the peace. Unfortunately, there are those who do not want peace. War is all they know and these new conditions are unacceptable.

Admiral Brit Bandar is one of those who has lived for war and is not having an easy time in this new found peacetime. Having a Horde ex-pirate (one who eluded her capture nonetheless) as her second in command on the new ship Unity, is intolerable. All Horde soldiers are murderers and savages and should be dead. So why does Brit feels alive in Rorkken's presence for the first time in 20 years?

These two circle around each other, but ultimately, they find that life is not full without the other. If they can find peace, does that signal something for the future of the Triad? MOONSTUCK is full of interesting secondary characters, hot relationships, and world building. While some of the plot is a bit predictable for seasoned science fiction fans, it was an enjoyable read nonetheless. I look forward to reading more in this series, and as always from Ms. Grant.

Sarah Silversmith, The Romance Readers Connection
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Sexy Space Epic 12 Jun 2008
By Linda Burkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. Moonstruck reminded me of all those classic space epics I adored in my youth - things like Asimov's Foundation series. Two galactic empires have fought a long and bitter war. When one empire collapses and sues for peace, an uneasy truce results.

Admiral Brit Bandar has made vengeance against the Drakken her life's work, so she's pretty ticked off when she's given command of a diplomatic vessel that will boast a combined crew of Coalition and Drakken forces. The name of the ship is Unity and the very idea is so repugnant to Brit, she can't even say the ship's name out loud. Imagine how annoyed she is when she learns that her first officer is Drakken. And not just any Drakken, either. It's Finn Rorkken, a Drakken Warleader and pirate she chased all over the galaxy and never managed to capture. Brit can't stand the idea of the guy being anywhere near her ship. Until she finally lays eyes on him and discovers he resembles her long-dead husband.

Finn knows the Admiral wants him, because hey, what woman wouldn't? He's good-looking, powerful and smart. But unlike the Admiral, he's also tired to death of war. He welcomes the truce, hoping it will bring luxuries like adequate food and medicine to his people. So far, it's certainly worked out well for him. He's got a cushy new job as Brit's second-in-command; and soon he's moonlighting as her personal boy toy. But along the way, is he selling out his own people for comfort and security?

Susan Grant's story goes beyond the superficial love story to explore what makes these two complicated people tick. Both Brit and Finn have known war for so long, they have no clue how to cope with peace. When a nation's whole identity revolves around defeating the enemy, what's the point of life when the war ends? Brit especially is not sure about the answer. Grant does a beautiful job of gradually unfolding Brit's complicated feelings as she tries to relearn what it means to be a woman and not just a soldier. Moonstruck offers a vivid, believable science fiction universe combined with a sensitive, sexy love story. A great discovery!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonstuck-A Joyfully Recommended Title!! 28 May 2008
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Admiral Brit Bandar, aka `Admiral Stone-Heart', of the CSS Vengeance, hunts down desperate Hurdish Pirates hiding in the Borderlands. Now the galaxy is heading to a time of peace. A peace she is just not sure of. On shore leave, she is informed that she is `trading up' from her beloved Vengeance. Under orders from Prime Admiral Zaafran, she will go to `the Ring of the Goddess' for the trade.

War leader Finnar Rorkken, `the Scourge of the Borderlands', an Imperial Fleet War leader, was tired - tired of being tired. After the end of the Great War had reduced his people's `scrip' currency to nothing, he was forced to pay his crew out of his own funds and to liquidate whatever was not needed or necessary on his ship. He was reduced to the `old ways' of pirating. Now Prime Admiral Zaafran has requested his presence at `the Ring of the Goddess'. Life is becoming surreal.

These two warriors have developed a grudging respect of each other, even though they have never met. The treaty between the Coalition, the Drakken's and the Earthlings brought these two warriors together after years of battles and sparring. What does the future hold?

Susan Grant's Moonstruck is a fantastic read. She has written a descriptive story of two people who are working towards the future by attempting to control, not forget, their pasts. From the first chapter I was drawn in by Ms. Grant's descriptive writing style. Her characters are drawn as fallible, normal beings. No matter what the character's background is, the reader finds themselves drawn to each one. Also, thrown in is humor for when things start to get intense. I found myself along for the ride in a wonderful adventure. I enjoyed Moonstruck to the point I have to Joyfully Recommend it.

Emma
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi romance fans will dig this one; I thought it was good 31 May 2009
By Mrs. Baumann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Plot Summary: After a millennia of war, peace has been declared between the Coalition and the Drakken. Admiral Brit "Stone-heart" Bandar was the Coalition's most feared and respected commander. Her new mission is to command the starship "Unity," which will have a mixed crew of Coalition, Earthling, and Drakken. Her second in command is Finn Rorkken, a Drakken pirate who slipped through her grasp many times during the war, and his very smell brings back horrible memories from Brit's past. Despite Brit's hatred for the Drakken, her body wants the man that her mind cannot accept.

This story has a nice blend of romance, space adventure, and three cultures colliding during an uneasy peace. The Coalition officers have to overcome their prejudice against their vanquished foe, and the Drakken have to assimilate themselves into the advanced, civilized Coalition culture. The Earthlings are happy to stick out like a sore thumb, and Grant gets a lot of mileage out their conflicts.

Brit is a hot, sensual lady hiding under her cold outer façade. I appreciate that she's no wilting pansy, and it's not surprising that she's the one who initiates the affair with Finn. Since Brit clearly wears the pants in their relationship, Finn comes across as the sensitive one, and it's an interesting role reversal. I was hoping for more from the pirate, but in the end I just think of him as a good guy. He's rather ineffectual during the climax when Brit's in trouble, and that didn't bolster my mental image of Finn as a tough guy.

This is my second Grant novel, and I enjoy her practice of having more than one romance story-line within a single book. There's a nice subplot involving a love triangle with Brit's green lieutenant, Hadley Keyren, who is trying to lose her virginity. Everything is blended together nicely, and while I found this book enjoyable, I have to admit that I probably won't remember it a couple of months down the road. It was a fun read, but this story didn't touch me deeply, and it has to tap one of my emotions more forcefully in order to get my higher ratings.
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