Dash by Yolanda Sfestsos

cover61268-mediumTitle:  Dash

Series:  Recast Book #4

Author:  Yolanda Sfestsos

Genre:  Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blurb:   She escaped the arena of death, but trusting him might be the death of her. Recast, Book 4Taylor may be the Clash Arena’s most dominant—and only—female gladiator, but today she just can’t catch a break. After winning yet another brutal fight, with the arenain explicably falling down around her ears, she jumps at the chance to escape the prison ofher subterranean pit. Instead, she finds herself knocked unconscious more times than she can count, and pursued over the edge of a sea cliff by an AI enforcer she can’t shake off her heels. Walsh has been living a double life, masquerading as a tyrant’s enforcer while hiding his true agenda. When the despicable arena falls, there’s only one thing on his mind—saving the savage blonde who doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him. Which is a considerable distance. Once he convinces her he’s not out to kill her but help her survive, they form an uneasy alliance. But Taylor senses he’s keeping a secret, not just from her, but about her. And the truth will show them exactly what it is to be human. Warning: This book contains some girl-on-girl action, a kick-ass gladiator who takes no crap, an AI who puts it all on the line, a band of misfits who aren’t as merry as they seem, cute tadpoles with sharp teeth, and grip-you-by-the-hair kisses. Strap in, interstellar turbulence is a bitch.

Thoughts:  While I enjoy an occasion sci-fi romance, this one was just a stretch even for me. It’s interesting because I love when authors can take something so unbelievable and yet through their words and incredible talent can make me almost believe it. Enough so that I get so caught up in the story, that the wildness and unbelievability of it sort of fades into the background. Unfortunately, this one just didn’t quite get there for me. Really it is difficult to pinpoint why – it was just a combination of things. The characters were sometimes lacking in their likeability, the chemistry just didn’t seem there for me between them, etc. Not to mention a little tease of a girl-girl scene in the beginning, which also didn’t work for me.  Not that I have issues with that in a book – there are a few I have read where similar scenes really worked – however, it just didn’t for me in this one.  Overall, it didn’t really have so much to do with it being number four in a series – I really didn’t feel like I came into and was missing something – it just was a lack of connecting to this story and these characters.

Rate:  C-

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