In His Majesty's Service
Authors: Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban
Title: In His Majesty's Service
Rating: Two Petals
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Everyone in the Drion Collective knows that finding your match—the one person in existence with the same soul mark as yours—is the best thing that could ever happen. But the last thing Lord Anders Hawthorne is thinking about when he boards a ship to Drion for the king’s funeral is finding his soul mate.
Captain Zachary O’Connell has the perfect life—his ship, the stars, and no emotional entanglements. When heat sparks between him and Lord Hawthorne, Zach gleefully dives into a no-strings arrangement. He doesn't expect it to last beyond arrival at Drion, any more than he expects trouble along the way.
Trouble quickly finds them, however, and it soon becomes clear that Lord Hawthorne is not only not who he says he is, but also that he's the target of a deadly plot. With danger all around them, Zach and Anders must work together to save the Collective. Meanwhile, Zach must come to grips with losing everything he always thought he wanted, to have the one thing he never dreamed he needed.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When Anders' father dies, it's suddenly a race against the clock for Anders to get back to the capitol in time for the funeral. Despite being in mourning, meeting Zach on his journey is dangerously distracting from the political machinations they're about to have to deal with. The forces acting against them might pull them apart forever, or might just kill them.
There were too many plot holes in this book for me to list out in one review. The most glaring one, of course, is the fact that Anders immediately jumps into bed with the first hot spaceship captain he meets despite his beloved father barely being dead a few hours. Almost every pivotal scene in this book coincided with a bit of information that felt like it was made up on the spot to make that scene fit, or had a bit of backstory suddenly thrown in, or something equally poorly composed added that made me grind my teeth. Adding what felt like faked depth to the story made it feel unrealistic and made it very difficult to read.
I also had issues with the emotions in this story. None of it felt real, from the romance to their almost constant arguing, mostly because there was no depth to it. Anders and Zach would be talking--or even just sitting in the same vicinity--and something would spark and they would be screaming at each other. Seconds later the fight would be over and they would be having graphic sex instead. There were a few scenes of this that I reread a couple of times just to figure out what that spark was, and I couldn't figure it out.
This book had far too many plot holes that left me desperately wanting real depth. I also thought the emotions in the story weren't properly fleshed out. Everything felt fake and that is why I cannot recommend this book.
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