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Shooting Star (Oasis Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Cindy Holby , Colby Hodge

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Fast talking, hard-hitting, devil-may-care, Ruben could out-manuever anyone who sought to attack him, charm any he chose to befriend. At the helm of his starship he was invincible; when driving a hard bargain, unbeatable; in the bedroom of a beautiful woman, unstoppable.nBut the secrets of Ruben's past were about to catch up with him and put everything he thought he knew about himself to the test. Now his ship had crash-landed on a primitive world, the voice of his long-lost brother is whispering in his mind was causing him to question his sanity, and a mysterious beauty had cut through all his defenses to the lonely man beneath. In Tess's arms he would find his true self, igniting a love that blazed through the night like a Shooting Star.

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When his ship crash-lands on a primitive world, pirate Ruben, haunted by the ghosts of his dark past, finds salvation in the arms of a mysterious beauty who vows to heal the tormented soul. Original.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B001CSP6T4
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  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues! 13 Nov 2006
By Fruit Loop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The thrills of "Stargazer" continue in this first sequel! When "Stargazer" ended, hotshot pilot Reuben casually remarked that "he's a prince, too." More than that: he's also caught up in a deadly game of politics and interstellar drug trading. Has his luck run out when his ship is shot down?

Slave Tess and her son seem destined for a life of drudgery and sexual abuse, but find their lives at risk from the traders of a mysterious, hypnotic drug. Has Tess found an escape and true love when she rescues Reuben from his crashed starship, or a dreadful fate at the hands of the Circe?

If this book has a fault, it's that the story is less a romance than a science-fiction thriller. I was a bit turned off by Tess' role as a sex slave, and hoped for a bit more sensuality since Reuben really melted my butter in "Stargazer." The intrigue and action compensate,and hooked me for the rest of the series. The writer cleverly ties up enough loose ends to satisfy the reader on the last page while leaving the door ajar for more adventures. Hardcore fans of the genre will recognize elements of "Dune" and "Star Wars" as well as the influence of Marian Zimmer Bradley, Anne McCaffrey, and other classic female writers who truly defined sci-fi romance.

More books are on the way, and fans of this series can entertain themselves with this author's other series in the interim. Colby Hodge is actually Cindy Holby, creator of the "Chase the Wind" western series, and Kassy Tayler of "Obsessing Orlando", the Young Adult bestseller.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars faster than the speed of light romantic science fiction thriller 9 Dec 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of twenty-one sons of the all mighty all knowing Emperor Rashad DeMarco Monaco, Rubjikhan Benjamin, son of the ruler's fourth wife, feels honored that his sire is hosting a public birthday party for him. That is until his dad wishes the wrong son a happy birthday leading Ruben to realize his father does not know who he is. He vows to cut all ties with the Emperor as soon as possible.

He becomes an interstellar trader who has nothing to do with empire politics until he learns he is the target of a mass manhunt for apparently committing patricide; the price on his head is 750,000 credits as reported by SNN news. As friends betray him, he suffers strange dreams that his brother Stefan is in trouble, but cannot stop to help him. On the run, Ruben crashes his ship the Shooting Star on a primitive orb where Tess the slave and her six years old son Boone save his life. He recognizes her from his weird dream, but fears something is not right as he senses evil especially with the Circe witches in the middle.

Fans of romantic science fiction thrillers will want to read Colby Hodge's faster than the speed of light tale, SHOOTING STAR. Ruben is a fascinating lead character who learns a life lesson at his twelfth birthday party. Actually his sire eventually recognized him as the warrior amongst his offspring, but by then even with a gift of a blade Ruben severed all ties until he becomes galaxy-wide headline news for allegedly murdering his father. Ruben makes the story line fun to read as he learns who his friends are as the price on his head is a fortune. Tess is his ideal partner though she has trust issues. The audience will appreciate this entertaining story while afterward stargazing at the skills of this talented author.

Harriet Klausner
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but transcribed HORRIBLY 3 Oct 2013
By Christina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this series as a quick and enjoyable read, but I found the text to be absolutely atrocious when it came to the transcription. The person or (more likely) program in charge of converting it from physical to digital text made a ton of glaring and distracting errors, and it was clear no human set eyes on this before it went on sale. The errors were so bad as to obscure the meaning if the text and flow of dialogue in some places. There were times I would have been totally lost if I hadn't once read the physical copy.

While I get that mistakes happen, it remains that I paid $4.99 for a horribly flawed digital copy of a book that retails for something like $6.99 at Barnes and Noble. It was a highly disappointing first foray into digital reading, for sure. I recommend picking this title up from the library or literally any other purveyor of literature if you want an entertaining read, but avoid this version.
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoot for the Stars 31 Oct 2012
By dhodge-betsill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Totally loved this one...completely entertaining and well written. Takes you to the places only imagined but so well described that you can go there with no effort! Loved it and love the ongoing saga of the previous charachters.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Editing errors and not much romance 17 Nov 2007
By AvidRomanceReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The editing errors in this book have been driving me crazy. From simple spelling errors to having two princes 12th in line to the throne to Tess's owner's son being referred to once as her husband and the rest of the time as just the dead rapist, there are tons of little inconsistencies that someone should've caught. I very rarely nitpick things like this, but in this book, it's every single page and definitely distracts me enough to me out of the story.

More than that, though, the plot just doesn't have much romance in it. There's pages and pages of developing the relationship between the 6 year old Boone and Ruben, and almost nothing showing any attraction between Tess and Ruben until--wham--they're in bed! What??? You'd think that a woman who'd been brutally raped and traumatized would require more care and tenderness, but when they get together, it's definitely a wham-bam thing and she's 100% all for it. It just doesn't ring true to me.

The characters are one-dimensional. The bad guys are 100% bad, the good guys are 100% good, and there's nothing in between. By the end, Tess and Ruben are both determined to die to save each other, both assuming that the other one will take care of Boone after they're dead. Neither seems to entertain the idea of fighting to live and love together.

I gave it two stars because I *am* finishing the book and haven't given up on it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else, though.
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