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When set adrift in the universe, some things are worth holding onto. Titan Valentino has been offered a job they can’t refuse. Tai, a gender-neutral courtesan, receives a scandalous proposition: seduce an actor's virgin fiancée. The money is enough to pay off Tai’s crushing medical debt, a tantalizing prospect. Too bad Aisha Malik isn’t the easy target they expect. A stan When set adrift in the universe, some things are worth holding onto. Titan Valentino has been offered a job they can’t refuse. Tai, a gender-neutral courtesan, receives a scandalous proposition: seduce an actor's virgin fiancée. The money is enough to pay off Tai’s crushing medical debt, a tantalizing prospect. Too bad Aisha Malik isn’t the easy target they expect. A standoffish historian who hates to be touched, she’s laser-focused on her career, and completely unaware that her marriage has been arranged behind her back. This could be the one instance where Tai’s charm and charisma fail them. Then an accidental heist throws them together as partners in crime. Fleeing from the Authorities, they’re dragged into one adventure after another: alien planets, pirate duels, and narrow escapes from the law. As Tai and Aisha open up to each other, deeper feelings kindle between them. But that reward money still hangs over Tai’s head. Telling Aisha the truth could ruin everything... Their freedom, their career, and their blossoming love all hang in the balance. To save one might mean sacrificing the rest.


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When set adrift in the universe, some things are worth holding onto. Titan Valentino has been offered a job they can’t refuse. Tai, a gender-neutral courtesan, receives a scandalous proposition: seduce an actor's virgin fiancée. The money is enough to pay off Tai’s crushing medical debt, a tantalizing prospect. Too bad Aisha Malik isn’t the easy target they expect. A stan When set adrift in the universe, some things are worth holding onto. Titan Valentino has been offered a job they can’t refuse. Tai, a gender-neutral courtesan, receives a scandalous proposition: seduce an actor's virgin fiancée. The money is enough to pay off Tai’s crushing medical debt, a tantalizing prospect. Too bad Aisha Malik isn’t the easy target they expect. A standoffish historian who hates to be touched, she’s laser-focused on her career, and completely unaware that her marriage has been arranged behind her back. This could be the one instance where Tai’s charm and charisma fail them. Then an accidental heist throws them together as partners in crime. Fleeing from the Authorities, they’re dragged into one adventure after another: alien planets, pirate duels, and narrow escapes from the law. As Tai and Aisha open up to each other, deeper feelings kindle between them. But that reward money still hangs over Tai’s head. Telling Aisha the truth could ruin everything... Their freedom, their career, and their blossoming love all hang in the balance. To save one might mean sacrificing the rest.

30 review for Adrift in Starlight

  1. 4 out of 5

    patri

    I started off skeptical for the opening chunk of this book but this turned out to be a surprisingly charming read, not as complex as your typical adult sci-fi and a bit too bizarre at times, but the sundry rep of the motley crew of colourful characters (who really grow on you) was refreshing and rarely superficial, and the budding romance (and the comfort Tai and Aisha come across with one another) was soft and touchingly respectful. Adrift in Starlight doesn't ask you to think too much but just I started off skeptical for the opening chunk of this book but this turned out to be a surprisingly charming read, not as complex as your typical adult sci-fi and a bit too bizarre at times, but the sundry rep of the motley crew of colourful characters (who really grow on you) was refreshing and rarely superficial, and the budding romance (and the comfort Tai and Aisha come across with one another) was soft and touchingly respectful. Adrift in Starlight doesn't ask you to think too much but just sit back and savor the metagalactic ride, and I'm curious to see where the author will take this bunch of accidental criminals next. thank you to NetGalley and Owl City Press for kindly passing on this ARC! 💫

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley. Adrift in Starlight caught my eye when I spotted it on Netgalley. I love scifi romance books and the premise of this one sounded good. I struggled a bit with my device displaying the book in italics, but the story was so good I got used to the italics and kept reading. I thought this book felt fresh and realistic and I enjoyed reading it. Tai is a courtesan hired to seduce Aisha, the fiancé of their client, but when they meet they quick I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley. Adrift in Starlight caught my eye when I spotted it on Netgalley. I love scifi romance books and the premise of this one sounded good. I struggled a bit with my device displaying the book in italics, but the story was so good I got used to the italics and kept reading. I thought this book felt fresh and realistic and I enjoyed reading it. Tai is a courtesan hired to seduce Aisha, the fiancé of their client, but when they meet they quickly grow to like one another and they end up working together on an accidental heist. While that is the set up and how they meet I feel like the story quickly moves beyond that, although Tai keeps it a secret for a while about how they were hired. I don't want to give away too much of the plot as I thought it had some interesting twists early on already. The plot of Adrift in Starlight is a bit meandering, but I liked that, it felt very organic with how one set of events led to another. The plot kept my attention and was excited to see what would happen next. I liked how everything got resolved at the end and leaves enough open for a sequel too. I am excited to that there will be more books in this universe. I liked the main characters in this book and there are some great side characters too, as well as some intentionally not likeable ones. I haven't read a lot of books about asexual or gender neutral characters, so that was interesting. I liked both Tai and Aisha. There is even more to them than you first realize and I liked how we learn more about them as the story progresses. They both haven't had the easiest pasts and have their own struggles and I liked how this time away from everything gave them the chance to figure out what they wanted in life. Hue, Jimin and Perry were great side character and there are a few more interesting characters they meet along the way. I liked the romance. From the way Tai immediately express interests in what Aisha is studying to the way they talked to one another. I liked seeing them spend time together and there are some great scenes where their relationships deepens. I liked how there wasn't too much drama, but there are some things that upset their starting relationship and I thought they were handled well. Both characters reactions felt realistic, they both have their doubts and other emotions getting in the way sometimes. I liked how there was clear communication between them and even the one secret Tai keeps was handled well and I thought it made sense why Tai didn't reveal that immediately. I thought the author did a good job giving me a feel for the world, there are a lot of things we don't get a lot of details about, but I still felt like I got a feel for what was normal and possible. I especially liked the interesting aliens, there is an interesting alien civilization that Aisha is studying and we learn more about them. Then there are the dragons and how you can only communicate with them when you have a calm mind, which was pretty interesting and the dragons play an important role in this book. To summarize: I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot and writing style pulled me into the story and I wanted to keep reading and see what happened next. The plot meanders a bit, but I liked that in this book and thought it felt very organic. It kept my attention and I wanted to see what was next for the characters. Both Tai and Aisha are great characters and I thought they felt real, I liked how I kept learning more about them as the story progressed. I thought they made for a great couple and I liked seeing how their romance develops. There isn't much drama and in my opinion even the secret Tai keeps was handled realistically. The world building feels fresh and there is enough details for me to get a feel for the world. I liked the details like the dragons and an interesting race of aliens we meet. The ending wraps things up well and also leaves room for a sequel. I look forward to more books by this author!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin Bramhall

    Absolutely so excited this day has come!!! You have been a writer since the day you started spelling words!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lily Rooke

    When courtesan Tai is offered an escape route out of lifelong medical debt, they agree to get close to a celebrity's fiancée in order to figure out exactly why she's so cold towards him, and report back their findings. But when Tai meets Aisha, they find themself drawn irresistibly towards her. Alien abduction; off-planet adventures; and accidental criminality beckon in this madcap, tender, delightfully queer light sci-fi romp. I loved the characters of Adrift in Starlight, especially Tai, and wa When courtesan Tai is offered an escape route out of lifelong medical debt, they agree to get close to a celebrity's fiancée in order to figure out exactly why she's so cold towards him, and report back their findings. But when Tai meets Aisha, they find themself drawn irresistibly towards her. Alien abduction; off-planet adventures; and accidental criminality beckon in this madcap, tender, delightfully queer light sci-fi romp. I loved the characters of Adrift in Starlight, especially Tai, and was so invested in their journey and on the edge of my seat wanting to know how their story would end. I thought the relationship between Tai and Aisha, and how they navigate their differing needs, was done with such respect and heart. Plot-wise, I really enjoyed the opening, and found the ending so exciting. I found myself less engaged in the middle of the story with regards to the plot events, although the characters and their development carried the story. While Adrift in Starlight is an example of lighter sci-fi, I did wish for a little more exploration of the world, because it's so fascinating, I would have loved to have learnt more. I felt the worldbuilding was a little light for my tastes. I thought it was such a prescient touch to explore medical debt as a millstone around Tai's neck. I absolutely adored the ending. This is a book anyone could easily pick up and enjoy, and I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for some light sci-fi with very sweet romance and interesting characters. I am grateful to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC of Adrift in Starlight. These opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eule Luftschloss

    trigger warning (view spoiler)[ trauma, ptsd, forced marriage, being drugged, slurs against sex workers, misogyny (hide spoiler)] A non binary curtesan gets asked to seduce a famous actor's fiancée for reasons that don't sound good however you phrase it. Since Tai has a mountain of medical debt, they agree to do this. Said fiancée doesn't even know of her engangement. She's an archaeologist, just putting the finishing touches on an exhibition that's dear to her heart. Of course, something goes wron trigger warning (view spoiler)[ trauma, ptsd, forced marriage, being drugged, slurs against sex workers, misogyny (hide spoiler)] A non binary curtesan gets asked to seduce a famous actor's fiancée for reasons that don't sound good however you phrase it. Since Tai has a mountain of medical debt, they agree to do this. Said fiancée doesn't even know of her engangement. She's an archaeologist, just putting the finishing touches on an exhibition that's dear to her heart. Of course, something goes wrong. A fossil accidentally comes back to live, and they have to decide between doing the thing that will make them rich and the thing that is right. Let me rephrase that. We have a non binary person who is developing feelings for an ace person and they have to navigate all that confusion while being on an sci fi adventure. And add dragons on top. Ethereal, beautiful dragons who communicate by telephathy and use neopronouns. I am sorry, it's like someone had looked out for things I might liked and mushed them together to a coherent mass. To add to that, we have warnings provided by the author. Hell yeah. In the afterword it's hinted that there might be more from this universe coming, and I am here for it. Sign me up, I want more of this. Full recommendations. The arc was provided by the publisher.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily Shark

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. Dragons, insect-aliens, found family, and a well-written, diverse cast of characters. Do I have to say more? Adrift in Starlight is a lovely sci-fi story that centers around the two main characters Tai and Aisha, who couldn’t be more different from each other. But when they end up fleeing the planet on a spaceship together, both their lives are turned upside down. My favorite part of this book was definitely the characters. Each of them is super Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. Dragons, insect-aliens, found family, and a well-written, diverse cast of characters. Do I have to say more? Adrift in Starlight is a lovely sci-fi story that centers around the two main characters Tai and Aisha, who couldn’t be more different from each other. But when they end up fleeing the planet on a spaceship together, both their lives are turned upside down. My favorite part of this book was definitely the characters. Each of them is super interesting on their own, and together they created an endearing found family that I’d love to read more books about. The story was interesting too, though I’d hoped for a little bit more if that makes sense. What happened was interesting enough, but I was always waiting for a plot twist or something big to happen or be uncovered, and that simply didn’t happen, the story stayed pretty straightforward. (Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I was just expecting something else for some reason). Apart from that I really have no complaints :). I’m really intrigued though because there is a note at the end that there’ll be more books set in the same universe and I wonder if it’s going to be about the same characters or new ones and when that’ll be written/released because I’ll definitely be checking it out. If you’re looking for a quick sci-fi book with interesting world-building and a wonderful, diverse cast of characters, I’d definitely recommend Adrift in Starlight.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nichol Taylor

    Readers who loved the Lunar Chronicles will enjoy this read. This story gave me the same kind of feel. A rag-tag group of strangers/semi-strangers, on the run to right a wrong, cybernetic enhancements, space travel, and unlikely friends. I love the LGTBQ+ representation within the characters. They are all so multi-dimensional and evolve over the course of the book. I can't wait to see what Mindi Briar comes out with next! Readers who loved the Lunar Chronicles will enjoy this read. This story gave me the same kind of feel. A rag-tag group of strangers/semi-strangers, on the run to right a wrong, cybernetic enhancements, space travel, and unlikely friends. I love the LGTBQ+ representation within the characters. They are all so multi-dimensional and evolve over the course of the book. I can't wait to see what Mindi Briar comes out with next!

  8. 5 out of 5

    clockwork-world

    This was such an adventurous book and I didn't want to put it down! I loved the setting of the story and the chemistry between the main characters! Although I loved both of the main characters, I have a soft spot for Titan. I just love them okay?! This was such a light, quick and fun read! This was such an adventurous book and I didn't want to put it down! I loved the setting of the story and the chemistry between the main characters! Although I loved both of the main characters, I have a soft spot for Titan. I just love them okay?! This was such a light, quick and fun read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terri Jones

    sweet, cute... strangely boring. DNF at 32% because while I was intrigued at first, and should still be intrigued this far in, I am instead discontent and bored, and it's weird considering their danger level. So I don't trust the author. And when that happens, I stop reading. *sigh* sweet, cute... strangely boring. DNF at 32% because while I was intrigued at first, and should still be intrigued this far in, I am instead discontent and bored, and it's weird considering their danger level. So I don't trust the author. And when that happens, I stop reading. *sigh*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Anne

    I was fortunate to win a copy of Adrift in Starlight by Mindi Briar from LibraryThing. I was sold on the book when I read the lines: “Just… avoiding contact with humans. That, more than anything, proves they’re intelligent life-forms.” This book is so much better than its blurb makes it sound and that wasn’t bad. The author has done an excellent job of depicting characters who are not cis het white and made them believable. They have also created an immersive future world that runs on dragon pow I was fortunate to win a copy of Adrift in Starlight by Mindi Briar from LibraryThing. I was sold on the book when I read the lines: “Just… avoiding contact with humans. That, more than anything, proves they’re intelligent life-forms.” This book is so much better than its blurb makes it sound and that wasn’t bad. The author has done an excellent job of depicting characters who are not cis het white and made them believable. They have also created an immersive future world that runs on dragon power, a fantastic combination that makes for engaging world building.The adventures of our brave crew of Tai (aka Titan), Aisha, Jimin, and Hue on various worlds are exciting and dangerous and help create this found family. I was hoping for a link to the next book at the end of this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bookgrrl

    Ragtag crew ✔️ Adventures in space & other planets ✔️ LGBTQ+ rep ✔️ Umm, why wouldn’t I like this book? 😁 I think the relationship between Tai & Aisha was handled well. I don’t see many books with ace rep, and while Aisha does develop feelings it still showed her as ace (you know, instead of magically being “fixed”). Now, I do think there were a few too many hijinks going on, but it was still fun. Oh, and there’s telepathic dragons 🐉 which the book world needs more of, right? Overall a good time & Ragtag crew ✔️ Adventures in space & other planets ✔️ LGBTQ+ rep ✔️ Umm, why wouldn’t I like this book? 😁 I think the relationship between Tai & Aisha was handled well. I don’t see many books with ace rep, and while Aisha does develop feelings it still showed her as ace (you know, instead of magically being “fixed”). Now, I do think there were a few too many hijinks going on, but it was still fun. Oh, and there’s telepathic dragons 🐉 which the book world needs more of, right? Overall a good time & I’m curious to see what else this author comes up with. TW: medical experimentation, PTSD, forced drugging, parental abuse, negative self talk (referring to themselves as a “glitch”)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristīne Vītola

    Ace MC https://twitter.com/KA_Doore/status/1... Ace MC https://twitter.com/KA_Doore/status/1...

  13. 5 out of 5

    OldBird

    Maybe a case of "it's not you, it's me" with this one as it wasn't quite what I was expecting from the blurb. I loved the opening of the book as it offered so much science-fantasy promise, what with the easy to read narration and genuinely relatable characters. But as it went on, I couldn't help but feel like a little confused by it. It's got so many mini themes that crop up yet never really seemed to go anywhere fast. In it we follow the strange escapades of Tai, a non-binary femme-presenting co Maybe a case of "it's not you, it's me" with this one as it wasn't quite what I was expecting from the blurb. I loved the opening of the book as it offered so much science-fantasy promise, what with the easy to read narration and genuinely relatable characters. But as it went on, I couldn't help but feel like a little confused by it. It's got so many mini themes that crop up yet never really seemed to go anywhere fast. In it we follow the strange escapades of Tai, a non-binary femme-presenting courtesan who's just been engaged in a well-paid job of "thawing" a rich girl's... Well, let's just say her prospective fiancee isn't worried about her heart so much. Aisha Malik isn't your average rich girl either; she's worked hard to be her own woman, becoming an expert on space archaeology. She's also asexual, not that her family or presumptuous fiancee care. When Tai and Aisha end up in an extremely bizarre situation involving an ancient space artefact and the not-so-friendly Authorities, they and their unwitting accomplices have to go on the run across the galaxy, looking for somewhere, anywhere, they can be safe. Shame about all those weird aliens, angry space pirates, and secrets in Tai's past that want to get in the way. I picked it up specifically because of the ace rep (of which there tends to be very little that isn't also aro-ace), and there is indeed a large portion of the narration dedicated to the various sexual and romantic interest of our crew and their buddies. It's a little over-explained at times, seeming a bit unnatural that a character in a society where these things are normal and accepted still comments about how normal and accepted they are. I found it reasonably well handled, if a bit over-simplified in some cases. I really liked Tai and Aisha's relationship; none of this ace-gets-over-it by the end just so we can have cookie-cutter (sexual) romance. Despite Tai being a courtesan and there being a lot of sexual politics, it's a very clean read in terms of what happens (or not) between two people, and many, many different variations on what a relationship can be. What didn't work for me was just how many different plot parts there were and how slow the pace was. The alien race, the space pirate duel, the farm world; there wasn't enough foreshadowing, explanation or dramatic tension to really make me feel like I cared about what was going on at the time because I knew they'd bounce from one section to the next. The universe sounds fascinating, full of dragons, factions, aliens and mysteries, but none of it felt really developed even when plot points revolved around it. We don't get told who or what the Authority is before they have to run from them, and details that everyone should know about things like the dragons seem to come as a complete surprise. (view spoiler)[There's also the resurrection of Antione, a supposedly lost race suddenly back to life who they rescue and then just... leaves them and isn't mentioned again. I really wanted this to come full circle somehow. (hide spoiler)] Characters also really don't act their age; they're as quick to trust strangers as characters in a Middle Grade book making instant friends. Things that should surprise them (view spoiler)[like the alien back to life thing (hide spoiler)] leaves them unfazed, yet they stumble over gender politics even though they're supposed to be used to it. Even so, it works well as an open-ended stand alone that promises more to come. Everything's handled very sensitively and cleanly... as long as you beware the real swear words dotted amongst the universe-based fake-swears. It's a universe that deserves more exploration to make sense of it all as it's so diverse and creative. More development with the world building and a tighter narrative focus would have made this a stronger read for picky ol' me, but there's an interesting tale with plenty of bizarre twists for someone who'd like a non-typical YA adventure "romance" set in a magical galaxy a long ago and far away...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lily Rooke

    When courtesan Tai is offered an escape route out of lifelong medical debt, they agree to get close to a celebrity's fiancée in order to figure out exactly why she's so cold towards him, and report back their findings. But when Tai meets Aisha, they find themself drawn irresistibly towards her. Alien abduction; off-planet adventures; and accidental criminality beckon in this madcap, tender, delightfully queer light sci-fi romp. I loved the characters of Adrift in Starlight, especially Tai, and wa When courtesan Tai is offered an escape route out of lifelong medical debt, they agree to get close to a celebrity's fiancée in order to figure out exactly why she's so cold towards him, and report back their findings. But when Tai meets Aisha, they find themself drawn irresistibly towards her. Alien abduction; off-planet adventures; and accidental criminality beckon in this madcap, tender, delightfully queer light sci-fi romp. I loved the characters of Adrift in Starlight, especially Tai, and was so invested in their journey and on the edge of my seat wanting to know how their story would end. I thought the relationship between Tai and Aisha, and how they navigate their differing needs, was done with such respect and heart. Plot-wise, I really enjoyed the opening, and found the ending so exciting. I found myself less engaged in the middle of the story with regards to the plot events, although the characters and their development carried the story. While Adrift in Starlight is an example of lighter sci-fi, I did wish for a little more exploration of the world, because it's so fascinating, I would have loved to have learnt more. I felt the worldbuilding was a little light for my tastes. I thought it was such a prescient touch to explore medical debt as a millstone around Tai's neck. I absolutely adored the ending. This is a book anyone could easily pick up and enjoy, and I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for some light sci-fi with very sweet romance and interesting characters. I am grateful to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC of Adrift in Starlight. These opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Smriti Singh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First of all, I definitely judged this book by the cover because wow that is one gorgeous page of art encapsulating queer yearning (especially from Tai's side). The writing style and language was pretty great for someone (like me) who reads after studying for their finals the whole day. For me, reading shouldn't be exhausting since this is an escape and Adrift in Starlight cleared the check list. As an enby queer person who dabbles in sw on the side, Tai's story spoke to me. Specifically how they First of all, I definitely judged this book by the cover because wow that is one gorgeous page of art encapsulating queer yearning (especially from Tai's side). The writing style and language was pretty great for someone (like me) who reads after studying for their finals the whole day. For me, reading shouldn't be exhausting since this is an escape and Adrift in Starlight cleared the check list. As an enby queer person who dabbles in sw on the side, Tai's story spoke to me. Specifically how they talk about their clients from their queer non binary point of view with respect to attraction and feelings. The whole pan x ace troupe in this book was such a refreshing and fascinating story to read and I know I'm gonna be recommending this book to my queer group chats. Now I'm an absolute ho for the found family troupe like every other LGBTQ+ you may know but in this book it kind of felt forced and didn't really flow smoothly. It could've been given a bit more chapters to develop fully. Like Hue and Jimin definitely needed more on page plot contribution before the epilogue. Over all this was a fun read. I was thinking about the book while going about my life so this gets 4/5 for me. I genuinely look forward to the next installment in this series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Clara Lew

    A ragtag band of people accidentally embark on an intergalactic heist... Many thanks to Owl City Press and NetGalley for the arc of this book! With canonical queer characters such as asexual and genderqueer MCs, as well as non-traditional relationships, I really enjoyed the fact that they weren't just relegated to the sidelines and were three-dimensional, beautifully-written characters. This was an uncomplicated and easy read, although it did read more like a YA than adult sci-fi to me. The fast-p A ragtag band of people accidentally embark on an intergalactic heist... Many thanks to Owl City Press and NetGalley for the arc of this book! With canonical queer characters such as asexual and genderqueer MCs, as well as non-traditional relationships, I really enjoyed the fact that they weren't just relegated to the sidelines and were three-dimensional, beautifully-written characters. This was an uncomplicated and easy read, although it did read more like a YA than adult sci-fi to me. The fast-paced action and humour interjected into the interactions of the characters from the beginning also felt well-suited for the book! Though I wish the book had gone on for a bit longer, as the ending felt a bit rushed to me, with the resolution coming on a little too quickly. Overall, I would recommend this as a light, fun, space travel story with effective and clear-cut worldbuilding.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received a digital ARC of this book and was really excited about the non-binary representation it promised. This is my honest review: Adrift in Starlight is a really fun and fast paced read that felt really unique compared to a lot of other popular books currently out there. The relationship the characters has with each other and how they develop throughout the book is really enjoyable and very much a "found family" feel. The LGBTQIA+ representation was pretty different and refreshing to see. T I received a digital ARC of this book and was really excited about the non-binary representation it promised. This is my honest review: Adrift in Starlight is a really fun and fast paced read that felt really unique compared to a lot of other popular books currently out there. The relationship the characters has with each other and how they develop throughout the book is really enjoyable and very much a "found family" feel. The LGBTQIA+ representation was pretty different and refreshing to see. The SciFi elements and worldbuilding were a main focus of the book that was really interesting, without being too complicated. This made it really easy read to dive in to as a reader. The plot, at times, does border on obsurd but I think as a reader it was best to just enjoy the ride and not think to much of it. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becka Lloyd

    I am always happy to read and support any LGBTQIA+ novels and this was a lot of fun. The whole on the run thing gave me some mad Doctor Who vibes because they are always having to be on the move from something! The characters were great and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow. To me, being CIS female, I thought it was a great representation of the community but I will leave that to others to really make that determination. Al I can say is that I thought the main characters were delightful I am always happy to read and support any LGBTQIA+ novels and this was a lot of fun. The whole on the run thing gave me some mad Doctor Who vibes because they are always having to be on the move from something! The characters were great and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow. To me, being CIS female, I thought it was a great representation of the community but I will leave that to others to really make that determination. Al I can say is that I thought the main characters were delightful and I felt for them and enjoyed their story! Would recommend!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily Pennington

    DNF . . . This seems an oddball mix of stuff that I was not expecting in what I thought was a sci-fi action book. Instead I’m reading about non-binary, asexual, gender neutral and other such terms for characters that don’t need such definition. They are heroes by their actions, not by their labels. I just don’t get into that kind of book. I’m looking for the story, not for an issue that is looking for a spotlight.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    Drowning in medical debt, Tai is given an offer they cannot refuse: seduce Aisha Malik. The money could completely free Tai of all medical debt that they are struggling under. Aisha Malik is a career-focused woman set on remaining focused on her work and not love life. But when a heist goes wrong, the pair are thrown together on the run from the authorities. As their adventures evolve, so do their feelings for one another. The one thing that threatens to ruin it all is the reward money Tai could Drowning in medical debt, Tai is given an offer they cannot refuse: seduce Aisha Malik. The money could completely free Tai of all medical debt that they are struggling under. Aisha Malik is a career-focused woman set on remaining focused on her work and not love life. But when a heist goes wrong, the pair are thrown together on the run from the authorities. As their adventures evolve, so do their feelings for one another. The one thing that threatens to ruin it all is the reward money Tai could earn. A quick and lovely read, Adrift in Starlight is a heartwarming found family that has wonderful and diverse representation. The romance does not overshadow the worldbuilding or plot, and the scifi aspects are not too convoluted or complex to understand.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    I loved the diversity of the characters and the storyline was pretty good. Although there were a few points that could have been explored a bit more. Still an interesting take on sci fi and I liked the pacing of the book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aria Harlow

    I really enjoyed this book, I thought the writing was good and I really liked the characterisation in the book. It was a quick and easy read that I couldn't put down and I loved the cover too. I really enjoyed this book, I thought the writing was good and I really liked the characterisation in the book. It was a quick and easy read that I couldn't put down and I loved the cover too.

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Clark

    Action, snark, romance, intrigue and some dandy interstellar chases make this a very enjoyable read. Props for the handling of every character's gender so well. Action, snark, romance, intrigue and some dandy interstellar chases make this a very enjoyable read. Props for the handling of every character's gender so well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Siavahda

    Perfectly fine, but nothing super special. Very good if you're looking for something quite light and fun. Perfectly fine, but nothing super special. Very good if you're looking for something quite light and fun.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Moon

    Thank you Netgalley for the e-arc 3.75 This was a really fun story, I loved all the diversity that was in it. It was good although a bit weird at times, but it was worth it overall.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Volesky

    A really cute short sci-fi found family story! The characters were great and loveable, the representation really well done, however the plot seemed to jump around a lot, it felt things were moving both too fast and too slow. However the ending tied up everything well and overall an enjoyable read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    bogo_lode

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Gardner

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leah

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