Title: To See the Sun
Author: Kelly Jensen
Genre: Science Fiction, Western
Length: Novel (295pgs)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 11, 2018)
Heat Level: Low – Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Survival is hard enough in the outer colonies—what chance does love have?
Life can be harsh and lonely in the outer colonies, but miner-turned-farmer Abraham Bauer is living his dream, cultivating crops that will one day turn the unforgiving world of Alkirak into paradise. He wants more, though. A companion—someone quiet like him. Someone to share his days, his bed, and his heart.
Gael Sonnen has never seen the sky, let alone the sun. He’s spent his whole life locked in the undercity beneath Zhemosen, running from one desperate situation to another. For a chance to get out, he’ll do just about anything—even travel to the far end of the galaxy as a mail-order husband. But no plan of Gael’s has ever gone smoothly, and his new start on Alkirak is no exception. Things go wrong from the moment he steps off the shuttle.
Although Gael arrives with unexpected complications, Abraham is prepared to make their relationship work—until Gael’s past catches up with them, threatening Abraham’s livelihood, the freedom Gael gave everything for, and the love neither man ever hoped to find.
Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: explicit violence
Review: Gael is a man desperate and at the end of his rope. Living in a city under the ground he has never seen the sun or anything above ground. On top of that he is indenture to the Trass family for debts he and his brother accumulated. Sent on a mission to take out a target with a rifle he fails to make the killing shot. Scared he runs to his friend Price for help to get off the planet as far as he can get.
Abraham puts a companion request on a site and he wants someone long term. He’s lonely. As an ex miner turned farmer his life takes on the same routine everyday on a planet where the sun is deadly so he lives in the crevasses. He’s made a good life and now seeks companionship. When he sees Gael’s profile he knows he’s the one and sends a message.
But not all is as it seems. trouble is following Gael and will intrude. Not to mention the harsh living on a planet where one mistake can mean death. Unforgiving storms, deadly poisonous mists plus people looking for a way to advance or make someone pay. I loved this story. It was not just about the relationship between these two men and the little girl who follows Gael. There is so much more to it. I found it to be quite entertaining and at several times edge of your seat worthy.