Author: Astrid Amara
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Sequel Novel
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Ten years ago, lovers and best friends Ivo Toreli and Robert Mackenzie were separated by death.
But sometimes life gives you second chances. Life…and a lot of cybernetic enhancements.
Trust Agent 505 may not remember who he was before he worked security for Trust Insurance, but now his prisoner thinks he knows him. This revolutionary named “Mack,” who has stolen one of Trust’s prized possessions, seems to think Agent 505 is named “Ivo,” someone from his past. Someone he once loved more than anyone on any of the inhabited worlds.
Ivo doesn’t remember any of it, of course. But if he’s going to get Trust’s property back from the revolutionaries, he’s going to have to play along.
And if playing along also means sleeping with a handsome, humorous, and slightly dangerous ex-soldier, all the better, right?
Review: First off I haven’t read the first book in this series. I bought it years ago. Always meant to read it but like so many others just haven’t yet. That being said I did not feel like I was missing anything. I do however need to bump it up on my TBR because this was a pretty good read. The world building is fascinating. I was engaged from the first page. It’s a quick and intense read that I didn’t want to put down. I’d be happy to see this series continue.
It starts off with the MCs as soldiers in an army on the planet Calypso. They’ve been friends most of their already sad lives. Both orphaned at young ages they formed a bond. Transitioned to lovers. They’re everything to each other basically. Then tragedy strikes. Mack thinks he loses Ivo but on a mission years later he finds him alive but not the same man at all. Ivo has no memory of the man he loved more than anything in the world. Ivo is a tool. A killing machine for a company with no point too low to sink. A company willing to do anything to keep it’s power. Mack is in the resistance fighting that company. So the guys find themselves on opposite sides when they reunite. Ivo has no memories of his prior life so trusting what Mack, the enemy to him, says isn’t as easy as it should be.
I loved almost everything about this book. Ivo was a mess. His addiction and memory loss was a crutch for the plot to rely on heavily at times but it all worked. I did feel like there were moments the book got a little crude but these guys are soldiers and they’ve never had to sensor themselves with each other. I did feel the deep connection between the guys. I hated the bad guys. The politics and intrigue involved were very interesting. Great world building. This is a really good story. If you love soldiers and Sci-Fi or even just a good vs evil type of story I think you’ll enjoy this quick read. I can’t believe I waited all these years to delve into this world. At least I have another book to pick up ASAP!