Review: Space Fever by Kate Donovan

Filed in 2 Stars , Kate Donovan , Review , The Smutty Lover Posted on September 6, 2010 @ 12:00 pm 3 comments

Format Read: Ebook
Number of Pages: 97
Release Date: July 21st, 2010
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Formats Available: Ebook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, GoodReads, Samhain Website, My Bookstore & More

Book Blurb:

He can save her planet, but only if she saves him first.
Cabrielle is glad her father never lived to see his defraction technology in the hands of the rebels. Now the only hope for her planet’s survival is Torr, the Zentarin who’s training Cortierra’s pilots.
Except Torr is suffering from an untimely case of lust fever—two years ahead of schedule. He must return home to mate with a Zentarin female, or die… Unless by some miracle a Cortierran female exists who might satisfy him.
Sleeping with the hunky offworlder isn’t exactly the way Cabbie planned to redeem the family name, but she’ll do anything to defend her home. Even use her body rather than her crack sharp-shooting skills. One feverish night later, Torr has his cure, and Cabbie finds herself lust-bonded for life. She willingly gives him her heart—until the truth behind his motives flings it back at her in pieces.
As Torr’s lust-mate, Cabbie makes an irresistible target for the rebels. When they kidnap her, intent on using her as a pawn, one thing is certain. Her frayed bond with Torr is Cortierra’s only hope.

My Thoughts:

I have been on a Sci Fi Romance kick lately and this novella – along with a few others – caught my eye a few months ago, but I didn’t get the chance to read Space Fever until now. However, I am sorry to say I did not enjoy it. I really wanted to. The blurb, setting and even the cover promised it was going to be a sexy and enjoyable read, but instead it was a convoluted mess with annoying characters.
Cabbie is an officer for the Cortierrans and is highly skilled in shooting bats that live in a canyon close to where she lives. Her stepfather is the General of the Cortierran army, and is currently battling rebels who want to overthrow the government due to their exile on the moons surrounding their planet. To help him gain the upper hand, her stepfather requests help from a Zentarin pilot, Commander Denn Torr, who can help train his troops to defeat the rebels who have recently developed new cloaking technology.
I really did not enjoy this book and I really wanted to, but this novella ticked all the boxes that makes me frustrated with romance tropes that have gone wrong, and the characters added to that. Cabbie is suppose to be an officer in a well run army, but comes across really naive and immature at times. Instead of this brash sharpshooter and experienced soldier she was suppose to be, I felt like she was a very young girl playing dress-up.
Cabbie is asked to help Torr through his lust fever phase, which he reached ahead of schedule, and Torr urgently needs a sexual partner to help him through this phase. I knew this was a plot point in the book, and I had no issues because I knew it was going to be a sexy read, but my initial impressions were wrong. How Cabbie was asked, and how she reacted towards it made my head hit the desk figuratively. Her stepfather is the chief of the army and requested her help. And although the reason why why he asks her makes sense later in the novella, I found it didn’t really work.

For example:

Vee surprised her by changing the subject. “Didn’t you wonder why Commander Denn-Torr was in my office today?”

“Oh! I completely forgot.” She laughed. “You know things are grim when a gorgeous hunk of offworld flesh—with silver eyes, no less—slips your mind.”

Vee grimaced. “You find him attractive?”

“Are you kidding? Did you see those muscles?” When her stepfather didn’t laugh, she licked her lips, subdued. “Did I embarrass you in front of him? I swear I didn’t know he was there. I thought he confined his activities to his quarters and the top-secret training facility.”

Vee is her General and even though he is her stepfather, he has asked Cabbie to basically sleep with a stranger so he could help with their training. And although she tried to make light of the situation, for a military officer, her response for me was way way off. Even though she was trying to comfort him, he was the one that was asked her in the first place. I just found her response to her stepfather to be very awkward and embarrassing. And it showed how out of her depth she was. But I knew the premise had this romantic trope with the mating bond, so it did not become a huge issue. Nonetheless, later on when she does sleep with him, she finds that due to his customs, she is married to him. Although she had stated that she researched the Lust Fever and his people in great detail, she was shocked that she missed out this very important fact? I really was not impressed on how this trope was portrayed, but the real problem was the second half of the novella. It was so convoluted with twists and turns and double-crosses and betrayals in the last 30 pages. And the novella was only around 100 pages in my ereader. I really felt like I was reading a Soap Opera instead of a Space Opera.
I wont spoil the reason about the main basis of this really complicated plot, but I will state it did not make any sense because characters who previously behaved in a certain way acted the opposite later on. I think if the book was fleshed out and there was more time for developing the characters – as well the plot – it would have been much better, but I found the romance really lacking and there wasn’t much heat between Cabbie and Torr. Although I really liked the premise of the world-building, there was not much of a reason why the rebels fought the government – especially for reasons that were stated in the book which was glossed over.

I give Space Fever 2 bookies


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About Has


Has is a bookaholic and feeds her addiction whenever she can. She usually can be found lost in a Romance or an Urban Fantasy novel. Her favourite sub genres are Paranormal, Fantasy and some Scifi. Her most treasured authors are, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Lisa Kleypas and Tamora Pierce. She loves that discovery of finding a brand new author and falling in love with their books. Has also blogs a The Book Pushers - Book chatter and reviews

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  • Danielle September 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Aw! What a shame the book was such a let-down when that cover is drool-worthy.

    Great, honest review.

  • Has September 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Yep the cover is def drool-worthy and it helped attract me to look at the blurb which made me buy it. It's a shame because if the plot was more simpler it would have been a fun read.

  • Lynette September 7, 2010 at 7:20 am

    The plot description sucked me in, but I was like you. The writing didn't live up to the awesome description!

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