Book Review: Broken Boundaries by Evangeline Anderson

Broken Boundaries by Evangeline AndersonTitle: Broken Boundaries
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Genre: Paranormal Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: March 2009 by Ellora’s Cave

Chaz is the youngest recruit the Academy has ever seen. Godlike reflexes and hawk eyes make him a natural gunner assigned to fly the futuristic ship with technology so advanced it’s still classified. But it takes a two-man crew and Chaz, the lone wolf, must have a partner.

On his first day he meets Ferron, the most dangerous man at the Academy. The ice blue eyes and scarred face of the older cadet aren’t enough to scare Chaz. Nor are the rumors that Ferron killed his last partner. But when he finds out they are to be a team, his anxiety starts to mount.

Tension climbs to a breaking point when Ferron informs him that in order to fly the Needle he and Chaz must have their bodies pressed together in a dance of sensual intimacy that makes the sexually straight Chaz angry and uncomfortable.

Ferron must master Chaz completely and break down his physical and emotional boundaries. The only thing that will keep them alive is their partnership—any space between them means certain death.

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: Even though the sci-fi premise of the men’s attraction made me a little uncomfortable, I still liked this quick read.

The Set Up: Fifty years after an alien invasion, the Academy is still training pilot and gunner crews to fight them if they return. Chaz is a new recruit who has been assigned as a Needler gunner, a spaceship gunner and his pilot partner is Ferron. Rumor has it that Ferron killed his last partner but in order for Ferron and Chaz to be a crew Chaz will have to lose all his boundaries, physical and sexual.

Why I Read this Book: A book friend recommended this to me.

What I Liked: I’m a sucker for a mysterious, damaged hero and Ferron was that here. His last Needler partner was killed in mysterious circumstances and Ferron has a facial scar for his role in it. Ferron’s emotional anguish is palpable, as is his reluctance to emotionally bond with Chaz. What happened to Ferron’s partner is the big mystery of the book and how it unfolds lets readers into Ferron’s psyche which I really liked.

What I Also Liked: I’m a sucker for a good sci-fi world and I got that here. In this world the Earth is one government and has an Academy on the Moon to train crews to fight the aliens, called Lobsters, if they return. The world building was very well integrated into the romance and plot, especially the part where Chaz and Ferron have to fly the spaceship called the Needler. The spaceship requires a two person crew who are connected in all ways: emotionally, physically and sexually. Chaz is the reader’s guide to this mysterious relationship development as he’s uncomfortable with but soon learns to crave his unique bond with Ferron. Ferron and Chaz have an erotically charged relationship for sure so fans of sexy stories like me will enjoy that part of the story as well.

What I Didn’t Like: This book takes the biology of attraction much further than any MM book I’ve read before and I’m not sure I was totally comfortable with that. All Academy cadets take personality tests that the Academy uses to assign them partners so the premise is the Academy knows things about Chaz he doesn’t know or accept himself. This sets up an almost forced aspect to his physical relationship with Ferron that I didn’t love. To be fair, the author spends the last 20% of the book developing the emotional relationship between the men and the emotionally fall-out of a forced physical encounter between them.

IMO: Though I had an issue with the biology forcing the sexually aspect of Chaz and Ferron’s relationship, I still liked Broken Boundaries and quickly finished it.


J9’s Rating:
3 Frogs

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About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


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