Rumors of Aurelia Popkiss's death have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, she and her crew have been drifting through the big black, scavenging to survive since the day she "died." Yet after years of being on the wrong side of less than favorable odds, they never thought that finding a young girl stowed away on their ship would prove to be among the worst things to happen to them.
From the moment Aurelia finds Kateryn concealed in her cabin, Auri knows she's hiding something. But even Aurelia can't imagine the true reason for the stowaway's sudden appearance in her life.
Kateryn's past is as convoluted and murky as Aurelia's own. The girl is out for revenge and nothing is going to stop her from destroying Aurelia and her crewincluding Keys, Aurelia's fellow shipmate and the man she's secretly in love withto get it.
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About the Author
An inveterate traveller, Kait has set foot on three continents and has the other four on her bucket list (yes, even Antarctica). Until she can see them all, she writes romances that take readers to far-flung locales, often to places she’s been or hopes to one day go. For now, she’s settled in England, where she spends most of her time plotting, scribbling ideas on every available scrap of paper and trying out dialogue on her cat.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Disappointing Sci-Fi Romance Grade: D or 2 stars The Story Aurelia Popkiss, assumed dead in a prison explosion, acts as the Euchronia’s captain. Accompanied by her crew of fugitives, they survive through interplanetary acts of piracy and scavenging for goods. Some of them – a scientist turned cook, a rake of unknown loyalties, a formerlynouveau riche second in command - have unrevealed secrets. The Euchronia’s latest space raid rewards them with a stowaway, with secrets of her own. Auri and crew try to determine the mysterious woman’s hidden agenda, as they evade recapture. It’s a cat and mouse game between Auri and the stowaway. Loyalties are questioned, lies are told, and dangerous situations slowly reveal a secret love. My Thoughts I love a good science-fiction romance. The intergalactic travels, diverse beings, suspense, action, speculative storytelling, the relation between culture and technology are conducive to producing dynamic plots. I expect total escapism into elaborate and/or lush worlds. This isn’t the case with Liar’s Gamble. For the most part, the romance is subdued until the story’s end. Space is a simple backdrop. We see Auri and her crew in a spaceship, in space. The world-building was really disappointing. Kait Gamble’s debut book is not a bad, per se. It felt lacking, especially when you compare Liar’s Gamble to the writings of Linnea Sinclair, Lois McMaster Bujold, Sara Creasy, Marcella Burnard (a fairly new sci-fi romance author), and a few sci-fi erotic writers. The narrative and dialogue lack force and enthusiasm. Auri’s world includes a few steampunk elements. A ‘halftic’ is a person with mechanical parts. The parts bear a similarity to modern day prosthetics, but the parts are made of metal. This world is also under the another Queen Victoria’s rule, and colonization has occurred on terrestrial bodies, such as Mercury and Io, Jupiter’s moon. These story elements are communicated in a few basic sentences. What is good? The character, Aurelia Popkiss, proved to be very cunning. When the romance hit its strong point, Keys makes a convincing love interest. There’s also a couple of cagey little twists in the plot. The story is open-ended, leaving future stories for this crew possible, especially Aurelia. Will I read the next book? Maybe. Perhaps it will significantly surpass the debut. Overall, Liar’s Gamble is a readable, but below average sci-fi romance.