Book Review by Gillian: Phase Shift, by Kelly Jensen & Jenn Burke

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Phase Shift, by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
Series: Chaos Station, Book Five
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 2, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
5-of-5

summary

Zander and Felix’s relationship has always pushed boundaries—personal and professional alike—but their love and commitment is stronger than ever. So strong that Zander’s ready to ask commitment-shy Felix the question of a lifetime when he’s interrupted. The Chaos is being hacked, and crucial, top secret information about the project that created Zander—and his fellow super soldiers—has been leaked.

Neither man could have expected the enormity of what’s discovered at the end of the data trail: an entire colony of super soldiers run by the very doctor who changed Zander’s life forever. And now she needs them both—Zander to train her new crop of soldiers, and Felix’s new crystalline arm to stabilize their body chemistry.

With help from the unlikeliest of allies, Zander, Felix and the Chaos crew must destroy the project and all its ill-gotten information. But when the team is split up and Felix is MIA after a dangerous run, galactic disaster is a very real possibility…and Zander may have missed his chance to ask for forever.

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M/M Pairing
Gay Character
Science Fiction
Space Opera
Aliens

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So, I was both looking forward and dreading reading this fifth and reportedly final installment in the Chaos Station series. Looking forward to it because the other four books have been a helluva ride and I have loved every moment between Zander Anatolius and Felix Ingesson and the rest of the Chaos crew. And dreading it because I wasn’t sure I could handle any more trauma the authors were going to inflict on poor Felix (seriously, that guy has been through the wringer!). In the end, though, Zed and Flick have always been strong enough to rise above everything that’s been thrown their way and this time was no different.

Phase Shift finds Zander wanting to take his and Felix’s relationship to the next level. Zander is craving a little stability in his life and is dreaming of a future where he and Felix are not only bonded in marriage, but perhaps raising a family of their own. When a planned proposal goes sideways, both men along with the Chaos’ crew, must work to find out who has been hacking into the Chaos’ systems and downloading information about Zander and the top-secret project that turned him into a super soldier. When a reconnaissance mission strands Felix and Zander on a hostile moon, the men must rely on each other to stay alive in order to stop a former enemy from using the super soldier information to create an army that has the potential to destroy the galaxy.

We get lots and lots of Felix and Zed time in Phase Shift, something I think all fans will appreciate seeing as events in previous books have always seemed to conspire to keep them apart. We also get all the trademark humour that has been evident throughout the series, especially in the scenes featuring the other members of the Chaos Crew, captain Elias, ship’s doctor Nessa and the ever delightful Ashushk, Qek. The family-like dynamic between them is always both humorous and heartfelt allowing us to not only see the lighter side of human behaviour and language, thanks to Qek and her continued efforts at mastering english idioms, but also the deeper and emotional side, as evidenced by the crew’s ability to be there and comfort each other when it’s been needed the most. This book also has all the action, danger and excitement we’ve come to expect plus we get another appearance from the mysterious Guardians, who are not intent on being quite so benign this time around, something that causes deep conflict between them, Zed and the other members of the crew.

This book was a great finale to a wonderful series. It captured me from the first paragraph and didn’t let up until the last words.  And the ending….*sigh*…let’s just say you’ll be happy even though you’re saying goodbye to some really wonderful characters

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burke-jensen-phase-shift-kellyIf aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly Jensen will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. At lot of what she writes is speculative in nature, but sometimes it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.

Find Kelly at https://kellyjensenwrites.com/

burke-jensen-phase-shift-jennJenn Burke’s always been drawn to weird and wonderful stories, particularly those juxtaposed with our normal, boring world. Her love of the written word prompted her to get a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Ottawa, and she’s spent the years since working in corporate and web communications—and dreaming up weird and wonderful stories of her own. A self-confessed geek, Jenn loves spending time in the worlds of video games, surfing her favorite websites, reading all the romance novels she can get her hands on, and accumulating an impressive collection of nerdy t-shirts. She currently lives outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband, two kids, and her writing helper, Alenko the husky.

Jenn is the author of HER SEXY SENTINEL, a paranormal romance from Entangled Publishing, and the co-author of CHAOS STATION and the Chaos Station series from Carina Press.

Find Jenn at http://jennburke.com/

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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