Book: Shades of Allegiance
Series: Anomaly #3
Author: Sandy Williams
Genre: Adult sci-fi, romance, space opera
Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn takes a leave of absence from the Fighting Corps to return to the hellhole that is her home world. With vengeance in mind, she searches for a dangerous criminal who could help her unravel the conspiracy that’s threatening the Coalition. But old enemies sabotage her efforts and jeopardize the lives of the few people she trusts. She will need to be cunning and ruthless to accomplish her mission, and that means scrapping her conscience and burying emotions her adversaries could exploit.
Being cold and heartless would be easier if the Coalition hadn’t sent “Rest in Peace” Rykus to retrieve her. Ash is their only way of detecting the telepaths who have infiltrated the government. Rykus must keep her safe until they can escape the planet, but with secrets between them and Ash determined to contact the Known Universe’s most feared crime lord, staying alive and together might be an insurmountable feat.
My Rating: 4 STARS
I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long while, ever since the second book was released in 2016. In Shades of Allegiance we see more of Ash’s background and there were some interesting twists that I didn’t expect in her past which made me very intrigued. The book starts off with Ash on Glory and is filled with action from the very beginning. I did feel like there was a lot of action packed scenes in this book and less downtime for the characters. It felt like Ash was constantly fighting both mentally and physically which made her seem drained throughout the book and not her usual witty self which I missed.
I did love Ash and Rykas’ relationship and how it developed more in this book. I loved how they were both on the same page with their romance in this book and how they each wanted to fight to protect the other. I really like how far their relationship has come since the first book and I loved seeing them be together in this book.
I liked the storyline and how we find out more about telepathy and who’s behind everything but I did think there were a lot of new characters introduced in this last book and it made it difficult to care for their role in the plot. And because there were so many new characters I felt that not every story and plotline was wrapped up.
Overall I liked this book but I did think there was too much action and not enough moments between the characters. I thought the storyline was intriguing throughout and what I loved most about this book and the trilogy overall was Ash and Rykas’ relationship, I loved reading about them.
Book: Shades of Honor
Series: Anomaly book 2
Author: Sandy Williams
Genre: Adult Sci-fi, romance, space opera
She won her freedom. Can she win a war?
Commander Rhys Rykus is facing court martial. With his career on the line, he’s ordered to keep his distance from the brainwashed Ash and protect her from afar, but sinister elements threaten her safety. He accepts a new mission that puts them on the same warship, knowing it will take all his self-control to fight his feelings for her.
Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is no stranger to fighting for her life. Still under the influence of the Coalition’s brainwashing, she cares little for her own safety. She merely wants to protect the Coalition… and reconnect with Rykus.
Rykus knows how important Ash is to keeping all of them alive, but the target on her back is enormous. Will the growing threat to the Coalition take down Ash and Rip’s only shot at love?
My Rating: 5 STARS
I really liked the first book in this series but I loved this one even more. I loved the characters especially the new side characters that were introduced in this book. Sandy Williams is great at writing really likable characters.
Ash is still my favourite character of the series. I liked seeing the more emotional side of her that is dealing with the things that happened in the first book. But what I liked most about her character in this book was that she was still witty and confident whilst trying to handle her emotions. I liked Rykus’ character a lot more in this book because we got to know a lot more about his background and his relationship with his father.
I really enjoyed the storyline, it was just as action packed as the first but this time you get to see more of a political side of things with the relationships of the planets which was really interesting. I feel like I got a better understanding of the universe/worlds in this book. I liked finding out different things about each planet and I’m excited to read more about them.
Overall I loved this book. I think it’s a great sequel and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
A few years ago I did a post talking about some of my favourite book couples and since then I’ve read a lot more books so I thought I’d list some recent favourite book couples/romances.
Robin and Zylas (The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie) – I loved reading this series and seeing Robin and Zylas grow together and learn from one another. Zylas is a demon who knows nothing of how humans act so it was interesting to read their interactions with each other.
Cat and Alex (Chaos Reigning – Consortium Rebellion #3 by Jessie Mihalik) – This is a sci-fi series that follows a different sibling in each book and I really liked the first two books but I think I enjoyed this one slightly more because I think the couple had more chemistry.
Callie and Desmond (The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa) – I loved Callie and Desmond’s relationship, they have one of those relationships that you just want to keep reading about.
Poppy and Hawke (Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout) – I didn’t really fall in love with this relationship until the second book. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire really focuses on them as a couple and I loved reading about them together.
Red and Blue (This Is How You Lose The Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar) – This book is so unique and the characters and romance is so captivating to read.
Who are some of your favourite book couples? What are some of your favourite romances?