Review: Among Galactic Ruins

cover-among galactic ruinsTitle: Among Galactic Ruins
Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Phoenix Adventures Prequel
Genre: Sci-fi Action Romance
Length: Novella
Available: July 7th (as part of Romancing the Alpha box set)

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When astro-archeologist Lexa Carter discovers a map to an old Earth treasure, she’s thrilled about a treasure hunt to a dangerous, desert planet—but not about being saddled with head of security, Damon Malik. She thinks he’s arrogant. He thinks she’s a trouble magnet. But when the hunt turns deadly, they’ll have to trust each other just to survive.


Source: ARC from the author

The Phoenix Adventures are back! Adventure, romance, astro-archeology, alien worlds, ancient artifacts and a teenage Dathan Phoenix! Colour me a very happy reviewer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been loving the Hell Squad series, but the Phoenix Adventures still hold my heart. It’s astro-archeology! And space! With extra cyborgs on occasion! And that’s enough exclamations from me. Let’s talk about this latest offering instead.

Lexa Carter may be a rich girl with daddy issues, but she’s also smart and brave and has made her own way in the universe – which has led her to a desert world in the back of beyond on the trail of a glorious Fabergé egg. I liked Lexa a lot. She’s strong and fearless and more than capable of taking care of herself. Okay, at first I thought she was being stubborn for the sake of being stubborn, but she’s had so many advantages in life that she also feels like she has a lot to prove and I liked her adventurous spirit.

As does Damon, the strong, sexy hero with a dark past that he doesn’t like to talk about and who has an in-depth knowledge of both security and combat. He’s a good match for Lexa, protective and just arrogant enough to breeze past her more imperious moments and go head-to-head with her stubbornness. They make an awesome team, complimenting each other’s abilities and willing to rush in to help whenever each of them needs it. I loved reading about them – and their scorching hot chemistry doesn’t hurt either.

The plot itself is an adventure with a whole heap of mystery as Lexa attempts to track down her lost treasure while Damon tries to keep her safe. I loved getting to see Dathan Phoenix in his younger days too – still as confident, if slightly less arrogant – and he added a nice break from the romance, as well as providing helpful hints and local guidance along the way without stealing the show from the main characters.

In all it’s fun and adventurous, romantic and exciting: everything I’ve come to both expect and want from a Phoenix Adventure. If you’re already a fan you should thoroughly enjoy this, but if you’re new and looking for a sci-fi romance series with space adventures, great characters and exciting action then this is a great place to start. I can’t wait to read whatever Anna Hackett has to offer up next.


Among Galactic Ruins is available in
Romancing the Alpha from July 7th!
Visit Anna Hackett for more details.

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