Wednesday, August 31, 2022

#Review - Only Bad Options by Jennifer Estep #SyFy #Fantasy

Series: Galactic Truebond # 1
Format: EBook, 408 pages
Release Date: September 20, 2022
Publisher: Jennifer Estep
Source: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Space opera meets Bridgerton in an exciting new science-fiction fantasy adventure by bestselling author Jennifer Estep. Perfect for readers looking for a mix of magic and technology and for fans of soul mates and enemies-to-lovers stories.


Few people know the name Vesper Quill. To most folks, I’m just a lowly lab rat who designs brewmakers and other household appliances in the research and development lab at the powerful Kent Corp. But when I point out a design flaw and a safety hazard in the new line of Kent Corp starcruisers, everyone knows who I am—and wants to eliminate me.

I might be a seer with a photographic memory, but I don’t see the trouble headed my way until it’s too late. Suddenly, I’m surrounded by enemies and fighting for my life.

I don’t think things can get any worse until I meet Kyrion Coldren, an arrogant Regal lord who insists that we have a connection, one that could be the death of us both.


The name Kyrion Coldren strikes fear in the hearts of people across the Archipelago Galaxy. As the leader of the Arrows, the Imperium’s elite fighting force, I’m used to being a villain, as well as the personal assassin of Lord Callus Holloway. Even the wealthy Regals who live on the planet of Corion are afraid of me.

But everything changes when I meet Vesper Quill. I might be a powerful psion with telepathic, telekinetic, and other abilities, but Vesper sees far too many of my secrets.

Thanks to an arcane, unwanted quirk of psionic magic, the two of us are forced to work together to unravel a dangerous conspiracy and outwit the dangerous enemies who want to bend us to their will.

Only Bad Options is the first installment in author Jennifer Estep's Galactic Truebond series. The story is told in first person narrative by both Vesper Quill and Kyrion Coldren. The story is a mix of science fiction and fantasy. There are psions; people with mental abilities like telekinesis, telepathy, and telempathy along with seers, spelltechs, siphons, and others who can wield magic. This is a universe that is literally at war between the Imperium and the Techware.

Imperium deals in magic, genetics, and bloodlines. Techware uses cutting edge technology to meld men and machine to create unstoppable soldiers. Techware has been attacking Regal owned companies almost at will and taking whatever they want. Vesper works for Kent Corporation as a research and development lab rat for household appliances. She is responsible for finding flaws in designs. She has near perfect recall and her seer magic highlights things that will cause trouble. 

But after she shows a design flaw in a new spaceship to Rowena Kent and her daughter Sabine, Vesper finds herself being disposed of, and all of her work destroyed to prevent Lord Callus Holloway from knowing the Kent's are disloyal to the Imperium. Next thing she knows, she is on a battlefield as an unwilling recruit. Expecting to die quickly, Vesper finds herself entangled with the most dangerous man in the galaxy; Kyrion Coldren after she saves his life. Suddenly they have connection neither wants.

Kyrion strikes fear in the hearts of people across the Archipelago Galaxy. As the leader of the Arrows, the Imperium’s elite fighting force, as well as the personal assassin of Lord Callus Holloway who he would love to destroy, he has enemies in every corner. Even the wealthy Regals who live on the planet of Corion are afraid of him and want him dead. Kyrion doesn't know what to do with Vesper, but he knows that there is something more to her than she is telling. In fact, Vesper has surprising talents which allow her to survive against great odds.

So, without further babbling by me, I will say that this book has a bunch of action, a bunch of twists, both Vesper and Kyrion have some awful backgrounds that have made them who they are. Vesper's mother is a POC and we should never speak about her again. Vesper's growth in this story reveals itself slowly. Every time she's put into a dangerous situation, it seems as though her magic grows to the point where she's a person you don't want to mess with. Kyrion has his own reason for wanting revenge on certain people in this story. I would say that the romance is tempered due to the unknown of what will happen if what happened between the two is uncovered. 

As always, whenever the sequel is produced and released, I will be all over it like flies on rice. 

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