If you have been following me for a while, you know that I’m extremely picky when it comes to sci-fi romance. It has to be the perfect mix of intriguing, high-octane adventure and romance. Linnea Sinclair does this perfectly. So does Rachel Bach. There have been a few other books I’ve enjoyed as well but I think Michelle Diener’s Class 5 series has now become my favorite. I can’t explain how perfect it is.
This series is a trilogy. It begins with Rose, a woman who has been abducted from Earth. Now don’t dismiss it as just another alien abduction romance. I thought that at first, too. It’s the reason why I never bought the book when it kept showing up on also-boughts and around the web. I just don’t like alien abduction stories.
But then I came across the book in a Bookbub ad and I figured I should at least try the sample.
That sample hooked me so bad. I bought it. Read it. Loved it.
I think one of the reasons the books work for me is because we read about Rose (Dark Horse), Fiona (Dark Deeds), and Imogen (Dark Minds) after they’ve accepted their abduction and have endured the worst of their captivity. We get to start with their stories at the interesting parts: when they meet/discover/help/commune with the sentient Class 5 ships (or thinking machines), and when they meet the strong, alpha-hero military guys that fall for them. (Oh, and it totally cracks me up that the heroes have elf-ears! 🙂
There is also a big conspiracy going on amongst the different races in the United Coalition. The three women shouldn’t have been abducted, and someone is in big trouble for doing it. There’s also other conspiracies and alliances and betrayals woven through the three books. Politics! As a poli-sci and history major, I love me some intriguing politics!
I should probably say something about this particular book, Dark Minds. It’s the last in the series, and I loved that we got to see Rose and Dav and Fiona and Hal again. Cam, the hero from Dark Minds, was just as strong and awesome as the others, and he’s sent to find Fiona (Dark Deeds) who they learned was also abducted by the Tecran (Maybe the Tecran. There’s a lot of races and I get confused. It could have been the Krik. But I think the Tecran. Anyhoo.) Instead, he and his team are captured by Paxe, a Class 5 ship, and they’re thrown into a cell with others who were also captured.
Then in strides Imogen, who is shoved on board by the Krik (who stole her after killing her Tecran captors). She quickly befriends the Class 5, and gets caught up with Cam when they try to escape.
And so much greatness happens.
I know all the above stuff might sound complicated–there really are a lot of races and alliances going on–but it made me enjoy the series all the more. Dark Horse won the 2016 Prism award, beating out Shades of Treason, and I couldn’t be happier. It is really that great. I love it so much more than my own books! lol But I love my books too, of course (hugs Rip and Ash).
If you’ve read these books, let me know. If you haven’t, seriously, go buy them now, read them, then come back here to fangirl with me. Then do what I did. Write Michelle and beg her to write more SFR. 🙂
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