Review: Keep the Stars Running

cover-keep the stars runningTitle: Keep the Stars Running
Authors: Lexi Ander, Talya Andor, Leona Carver, Cassandra Pierce, Andrea Speed
Genre: M/M Sci-Fi Romance
Contents: 5 novellas
Available: Now


Space is not always filled with adventures and glory. Not everybody goes racing off to battle evil and save the galaxy. Between the rebels, pirates, royals, and spies are the everyday people who work hard just to get by and ensure everyone gets home safe. Less Than Three Press presents a collection of tales about the ordinary folks who keep the stars running.

» The Prince and the Programmer by Cassandra Pierce
» The Aurora Conspiracy by Lexi Ander
» About a Bot by Andrea Speed
» Flight Risk by Talya Andor
» Survival by Leona Carver

Source: ARC from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley

I really enjoyed this anthology of M/M sci-fi romances dealing with ordinary guys working hard out there in space and sometimes finding romance in the most unusual of places. Some were sweet, some were clever, one was really kind of weird (in a mostly good way) and I enjoyed them all.

The Prince and the Programmer is exactly what the title claims it to be with an added touch of culinary delights and a bit of kidnapping. It’s a mostly sweet story with a hard working main character who undervalues himself and a prince who is more than a little foolish about what he really wants. A cute, easy read.

About a Bot is both the shortest story in the collection and my absolute favourite. I loved this tale, not least because of the cute rehabilitated robots. Tahir is a little bit shy, has plenty of social anxieties, but he’s also awesome and I loved reading about him. I want more, though, so much more. And I want a Spider (Bagel bot is cute, but I adored Spider.)

The Aurora Conspiracy is both clever and cute, with its interesting setting within the mining corporation and the numerous troubles that land Regin in so much hot water. I loved the second chance romance between Regin and Makari and adored all the little details about Brakkyn courtship. This felt like the most complete of all the stories and I really enjoyed its twists and turns and romantic moments.

Flight Risk was another intriguing tale, with elements of bullying and a warring world. I might have liked a bit more information about this one (the world, the different races, the Gears, just what made Kiel so downtrodden), but what I got I liked. This one is full of snide, nasty little characters of the sort you sadly find in many places, it also has plenty of action and a tentative romance.

Survival was a bit weird if I’m honest. It’s clever and I loved the idea of a garden being placed on a spaceship to continue growing while the human inhabitants were cryogenically frozen for the ninety-year journey. However, it’s not really a romance and much as I loved the story with the fast growing forest and the damage it was doing to the ship, it felt unfinished at the end. I was also a little worried that none of the sex scenes felt quite… right. They were consensual, but only just. In fact it was mostly just creepy. A sci-fi story, definitely, but not a romance.

Making excellent use of the theme, this anthology was really enjoyable and there wasn’t one story I didn’t like. It’s clever, romantic in places and not the least bit repetitive, with some really good world-building and introduced to me to at least one author I need to read more of. If you like space romance, enjoy getting down with the tech-guys or are just looking for some unusual M/M tales, then you will probably like this.

Keep the Stars Running is Out Now!
Visit Less Than Three Press for details.


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