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Dark Space PDF, ePub eBook Brady Garrett needs to go home. He’s a conscripted recruit on Defender Three, one of a network of stations designed to protect the Earth from alien attack. He's also angry, homesick, and afraid. If he doesn’t get home he’ll lose his family, but there’s no way back except in a body bag. Cameron Rushton needs a heartbeat. Four years ago Cam was taken by the Facele Brady Garrett needs to go home. He’s a conscripted recruit on Defender Three, one of a network of stations designed to protect the Earth from alien attack. He's also angry, homesick, and afraid. If he doesn’t get home he’ll lose his family, but there’s no way back except in a body bag. Cameron Rushton needs a heartbeat. Four years ago Cam was taken by the Faceless — the alien race that almost destroyed Earth. Now he’s back, and when the doctors make a mess of getting him out of stasis, Brady becomes his temporary human pacemaker. Except they’re sharing more than a heartbeat: they’re sharing thoughts, memories, and some very vivid dreams. Not that Brady’s got time to worry about his growing attraction to another guy, especially the one guy in the universe who can read his mind. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s just biochemistry and electrical impulses. It doesn’t change the truth: Brady’s alone in the universe. Now the Faceless are coming and there’s nothing anyone can do. You can’t stop your nightmares. Cam says everyone will live, but Cam’s probably a traitor and a liar like the military thinks. But that’s okay. Guys like Brady don’t expect happy endings.

30 review for Dark Space

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julio Genao

    It must remain still—and it puts the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again. What do you get when you take... - a battered 16yo kid - draft him into the military - put him on the interstellar equivalent of the Maginot Line - rough him up over the next three years - and then lock him in a room for ten days with the most famous prisoner of war in the galaxy, who may or may not be carrying a weapon of biological warfare intended to exterminate all of humanity, but w/>- It must remain still—and it puts the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again. What do you get when you take... - a battered 16yo kid - draft him into the military - put him on the interstellar equivalent of the Maginot Line - rough him up over the next three years - and then lock him in a room for ten days with the most famous prisoner of war in the galaxy, who may or may not be carrying a weapon of biological warfare intended to exterminate all of humanity, but who also says it won't happen like that and that everything is okay because the baddie is on his way to personally sort them all out, and if you could just be so good as to kindly ignore his throbbing erection, that would be lovely, thanks? You get a story that is by turns funny, bleak, hopeful, suspenseful, mysterious, terrifying, angry, violent, sexually charged, and horribly, horribly sad. You get an ungodly fuckton of great writing. You also get to have your cake and eat it, too. If you read this scandalously good book, you'll see what I mean, but I will decline to explain further—because I'll be damned if I'll let my friends with poor impulse-control ruin what is a fairly excellently deployed head-fake by clicking on a stupid spoiler tag. Lisa Henry, man... this is my first book of hers, but it won't be my last. Homegirl can friggin' write. I read this in one sitting and nearly wet myself with dread. Between the stabs of aching pathos and the surprising laughs, between truly ghastly violence and the sweet bloom of tenderness, I found myself marveling—and shuddering—with the highs and lows of a very, very expertly crafted emotional ride. Never mind the nauseatingly drawn-out and ruthlessly escalated suspense—ratcheting up and up, over and over—because when the inevitable happens and it turns out even worse than you'd feared, you're already freaking out about the next crisis before you've even managed to mop-up the diarrhea from the first one. This thing is scary, and dark. It's also tender, and sexy, and funny. It's just... that good. That ghastly. That fun. The shit—to quote a pop song of relatively middling antiquity—is bananas. (view spoiler)[B-A-N-A-N-A-S! (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Re-read 10/18/15 Interesting reading this book a second time. I still loved it, still stand by my original rating, but I found myself wishing this book was 2x longer. I also didn't mind the ending like I did the first time. The steam was still steamy but less than it was in my memory. Very deserving of my 5 star rating. *******Original Review******** My first book by Lisa Henry and boooooooyyy can that girl write!! Can I start by saying that that guy on the cover is exactly how I pict/>My Re-read 10/18/15 Interesting reading this book a second time. I still loved it, still stand by my original rating, but I found myself wishing this book was 2x longer. I also didn't mind the ending like I did the first time. The steam was still steamy but less than it was in my memory. Very deserving of my 5 star rating. *******Original Review******** My first book by Lisa Henry and boooooooyyy can that girl write!! Can I start by saying that that guy on the cover is exactly how I pictured Brady. Such a delicious mix of innocent and hot! Okay, now onto my actual review... "Dark Space" has me written all over it. I love a good sci-fi book, emphasis on good. When sci-fi makes sense it takes me into my head like no other genre. So when you combine a fantastic sci-fi concept with smoking hot MM lovin', DAMN do you get a winner! And this book is winner winner chicken dinner. The telepathy between Brady and Cam was amazing to read about. Lisa Henry did a fabulous job showing the whole range of emotions that Brady had while being forced to share his head-space with Cam. His wavering between frustration, lust, anger... it just felt so real and so on point. I went through the whole gamut of feelings with Brady. I was totally in this story. This book is also the most realistic gay-for-you book that I have ever read. I have really never believed that true GFY exists, but instead that the person was just "gay" and one particular person made them realize it. However, here, with Cam's lust and emotions fueling Brady's emotions... shaping them, changing them, I felt like Brady could have truly could have become gay for Cam. I also loved how Brady reacted to feeling attracted to a man. He really rolled with the punches, so to speak, and after some internal debate, seemed at peace with his attraction to Cam. There was no self-loathing about his man-loving feelings. It was really well done. And thank you Lisa Henry for answering my smutty smutty sci-fi prayers!! There is nothing, and I mean nothing, that gets me going like a first-timer! Oh, you did not disappoint me! The way the sex was interwoven into the plot was just genius. My only complaint is the ending. Lisa, this book was almost on my top faves of all time shelf. However, the ending was just so rushed. After all of that delicious, meticulous build-up, it just seemed like an incredibly fast way to end things. I actually might have preferred a bittersweet ending. This ending just seemed forced. Despite my problems with the way things closed out, this book was just an astounding work of fiction. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it! **Find this review and others like it on www.myfictionnook.com :D **

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Brady Garrett. His ten-year mission: to serve on a deep space military station, to protect Earth from new life and new civilizations, to boldly go... Oh fuck that. Brady hates the vast, endless blackness with a passion. And he doesn't give a shit about protecting Earth. He just wants to care for his little sister. Alas! Ever since the Faceless, a terrifying race of aliens who have beat the human race in terms of technology and military st Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Brady Garrett. His ten-year mission: to serve on a deep space military station, to protect Earth from new life and new civilizations, to boldly go... Oh fuck that. Brady hates the vast, endless blackness with a passion. And he doesn't give a shit about protecting Earth. He just wants to care for his little sister. Alas! Ever since the Faceless, a terrifying race of aliens who have beat the human race in terms of technology and military strength, attacked Earth, boys are to serve in space for ten long years. Brady had to leave behind his ill father and young sister when he turned sixteen. The homesickness, anger and angst have been gnawing at him every day, for the past three years that he spent on space station Defender Three. Angst, because everyone has seen the video material of the handsome pilot Cameron Rushton, propaganda's wet dream. His noble face graced posters on Earth. That is, until his space vessel was captured by the Faceless and everyone on board was murdered except him. But now Cameron is back. His pale, unconscious body was floating around in outer space, drenched in the milky fluid of a semi-organic pod. Has he been turned into a bioweapon, some terminator, is this just a cruel gift from the faceless to mock the laughably weak humans? The war hero has suddenly become the stuff of nightmares... Oh man, Dark Space is a knock-you-down cocktail of reluctant and shy, yet passionate GFY love, against the backdrop of a vast darkness in which stars twinkle and a destructive alien race creeps closer. This book kickstarts in such an exciting and entertaining way. Safely snuggled up in the head of the expressive Brady (a perfectly executed first-person narrative is not something I come across every day, But Henry pulls it off, and how! This is a smartass, adorable and insecure 19 years old kid!), we zoom in on the action... and on the pod. Those Faceless bastards didn't include a manual, so Brady's clueless superiors just cut the darn thing open. BAD IDEA. Suddenly everything is awash in a slimy liquid, people start to panic and Cameron is dying on the floor amidst it all. Brady's desperately trying to keep Cameron alive when he discovers that his body functions as a battery. Before he has a chance to process what's going on, a creepy telepathic connection between the two is a fact and they are, quite literally, stuck together.. Wheww..I know, right! So I just sat back and let the sliminess and awesomeness wash over me. Throughout the book there's a delicious dark undercurrent of angsty anticipation. Will the Faceless come back to claim Cameron? And how will the telepathic bond between these two play out? Because Brady not only shares Cam's dark and twisted dreams, he gets a taste of the red, hot erotic ones as well. Are the lusty ideas that start swirling around in Brady's head merely echo's of Cam's own desires or are they -- shocker -- his own? And does it matter? So maybe there's a little too much repetition in how the romance between these two unfolds. And maybe the actual story is smothered in the aww-material moments these boys share. But then again, the telepathy trope made their romance both intriguing and believable. I devoured their slow burning love, couldn't stop reading...and while doing so may have swooned once or twice. I wish the same could be said about the ending. Oh dear, what a bummer! After a few zigging and zagging plot twists towards the end, there it was again, my enemy, my foe: a plastered on, contrived HEA. Oh nooo's! What happened here? Why did it happen? This book pretty much started with a BANG. The part in the middle took its sweet, sweet time. And then everything was suddenly wrapped up so sloppily and rushed. FML. But! The biggest chunk of Dark Space was good. Really, very, recommendably good. And that cover.. Guys, you have to agree with me that there are so many terrible covers out there for the m/m genre, that praise should be given when praise is due. That IS Brady Garrett right there! And let me tell you, he's quite something, inside and out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rosa, really

    So this book is a little bit like this: And there’s a 19 year old kid, scared and angry with quite a mouth on him. Why am I using the cover? Cause the kid on the cover actually looks like a KID and not a pret So this book is a little bit like this: And there’s a 19 year old kid, scared and angry with quite a mouth on him. Why am I using the cover? Cause the kid on the cover actually looks like a KID and not a pretty, muscular model that we’ve seen 1457 times. TAKE NOTE PUBLISHERS . Anyway, our young hero is stuck in a room with a possible traitor waiting for the big bad to arrive: But while they’re waiting they’re both dealing with boners so they’re all like this: And then boners turn into feelings – You’re my heartbeat, Brady. -- and I’m all like: And then there’s this: Fuck the universe. Fuck eternity and creation and a million colors boiling together in the black. What the hell use was that to me? My heart broke either way. So then I was all: And then the shit really hits the fan and I was like: And then a lot of other shit happens. But, you know, spoilers. My favorite part of Dark Space is not all the space stuff or the aliens stuff or the military stuff – that’s just stuff. When you remove the setting, it's a story that could've easily taken place on a ship at sea 500 hundred years ago. The story is timeless. Love is love no matter which time period we're in or which outfit we're wearing (I'm thinking about the skin tight suits you find in Buck Rogers & similar).Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no; it is an ever-fixèd mark, That looks on tempests, and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.Henry's use of the above sonnet, or part of a sonnet, is pretty fantastic. It tells us that true love is as constant as the north star. There may be storms, aliens may attack, the entire universe may seem to be against you -- but people who truly love, love even when the shit goes down. It's a lesson Garrett learns, or starts to learn, over the course of the novel. (view spoiler)[My only true complaint about this book is the ending. Why did Kai-Ren let Cameron go? Brady I can understand, but Cameron? I don't buy it. Just what did he "understand"? And what about the relationship between Kai-Ren & Cameron? I know there's a sequel coming but when? When? The ending was happy, which I appreciate, but it left me with more questions than answers, which really bothers me. I'm in LIMBO for who knows how long! Gah! (hide spoiler)] BR with Giulio, Otila, Sofia, & Therese!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nick Pageant

    Thanks to Marte and DoodlePanda for the BR! Wow! I am still awake at 2:25am because I could not put this book down. There are tons of reviews from our little corner of GR and I'm sleepy, so I'm not going to bother other than to say that Lisa Henry has written one hell of a book. Forget sci-fi, forget m/m, this is just a really great book. It's fun, sexy, suspenseful, sad, and all around AMAZING. Recommended to everybody! Loved it, loved it, loved it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    REREAD (October 11, 2015) I decided to read this again in preparation for my reading of book 2, Darker Space. I recall really enjoying this book, but being thrown off by the quick ending. Other than that, I didn't have a lot recollection of the details of the story. I'm SO GLAD I reread it! First, the parts I loved about it the first time...Brady, the Faceless storyline, Brady's/Cam's connection...I think I loved even more this time through. I was captivated by every page. Secondly, the REREAD (October 11, 2015) I decided to read this again in preparation for my reading of book 2, Darker Space. I recall really enjoying this book, but being thrown off by the quick ending. Other than that, I didn't have a lot recollection of the details of the story. I'm SO GLAD I reread it! First, the parts I loved about it the first time...Brady, the Faceless storyline, Brady's/Cam's connection...I think I loved even more this time through. I was captivated by every page. Secondly, the rushed ended I wasn't sure about...well, whattaya know...having a book 2 in my hands ready to go made me a lot more tolerant of missing pieces, missing details, rushed plotlines. I really really enjoyed this reread. And, unless you've only just recently read it, I'd highly suggest rereading before jumping into book 2! Original rating: 3.5 stars Reread rating: 4 stars ******************** ORIGINAL REVIEW (February 12, 2013 3.5 stars…Solid 4+ stars for most the book, but unless there’s a part 2, the rushed ending has me sticking to 3.5… This book could have been AWESOME! Could have been… It had a GREAT story, a character who, despite his youth, fear, and flaws I loved (loved so much that I hadn’t even NOTICED the book was written in first person POV until about 70% in…I just enjoyed his perspective so much), and was cadenced, for the first 90’ish% in a pace that I was quite enjoying. And then shit hit the fan. And what should have been some of the most exciting parts of the story…the GRAND FINALE…was stuffed into a few pages, without details (the glorious details that would have made it EPICLY enjoyable!), without reason (Why did this happen? How did this happen?), without direction. It felt like Ms. Henry suddenly had to reach a deadline, found herself 100 pages behind, and decided to mail in the cliff notes version of the ending. Don’t get me wrong: even, what I now refer to as the “summarized ending”, was interesting. It was just filled with holes and questions. I was happy how it all tied up, but kind of confused by the whirlwind I had just found myself thrown out of. NOW…if she were to write a follow-up book that explored these details, I would be a very happy camper. I want MORE of the relationship and romance between Brady and Cam. I want to know more about the Faceless. I want to see Wade PAY in painful ways. Can I have some more please? PS, I do so love Brady...and the kid on the cover is PERFECTION. Random revelation: For some reason, I had it in my head that I didn’t like Sci Fi books. Curious, since I’m obsessed with Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactic, Firefly and a HOST of others. Curious also, because the few Sci Fi books I have read, I’ve actually really enjoyed. Time to reassess what I think I “like”.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Another awesome re-read 9/10/18 Well, what do you know. I have read my second sci-fi book and again...I loved the hell out of it. I was already in a sci-fi vibe from the last book, so I figured, why not give this one a go. I'm still shocked by how much I enjoyed reading this book. Guess I am more into sci-fi than I thought... Well, Another awesome re-read 9/10/18 Well, what do you know. I have read my second sci-fi book and again...I loved the hell out of it. I was already in a sci-fi vibe from the last book, so I figured, why not give this one a go. I'm still shocked by how much I enjoyed reading this book. Guess I am more into sci-fi than I thought... Anyways, I am gonna try and keep this review short (yeah right), because there are plenty of awesome reviews for this book already. Let's start with Brady....my favorite ;) Brady is 19 years old and has been working on a militairy Space Station for the last 3 years. The reason they are stationed in space...to protect the earth from aliens....or "faceless" as they are called. Brady is scared to death of space (the big black) and of the "faceless", but since he was drafted at 16...he had no other choice.He really wants to go home to his sick father and his baby sister, but he still has 7 years to serve. Brady is a bit of an angry dude, so I really connected with him from the start. He is of the opinion that life in general sucks...and his (pessimistic) thoughts throughout this book, made me laugh out loud... I really understood where he was coming from. Being locked in dark outer space for the last 3 years...the life slowly being sucked out of you... all the while being afraid of freaking aliens coming and destroying you and anything around you. Yeah that's some freaky shit !!! His fears and his pessimism get even worse, when one day an alien pod arrives. In it is non other than Luitenant Cameron Rushton,  who was kidnapped by "the faceless" 4 years ago. Brady is called to the medic bay to come help, but when he helps to cut Cameron out of the pod, he gets injured and comes into contact with the strange fluid surrounding Cameron. Apparently this causes a strange "connection" between the two of them, and soon it becomes clear that Cameron can't survive without Brady. He needs Brady's touch and heartbeat to stay alive. Brady sort of functions as his battery. Fucked up...but there you have it. They can also communicate telepathically and hear each other's thoughts. “You’re my heartbeat, Brady .”  Cam also has a message for the militairy....the faceless are coming...Which makes Brady even more neurotic than he already was. He is convinced they are all going to die and this is his motto for most of the book :P There is also a plus to all this though. Because Cam can't survive without Brady, the two of them are forced to stay close together in their own private little world. They share almost everything...and touching becomes more and more urgent. Which made for some very nice and steamy scenes.... ;) But "the faceless" are coming....and what will happen when they do... Huh...guess my review isn't as short as I promised... I really enjoyed this one...I especially loved Brady and his anger and pessimism... I can't wait to see what's gonna happen in book 2. I also want to thank my sweet sweet friend Susan, for recommending this one to me...Thanks babe ;) Follow me    This review is posted on Wendy's Wycked Words

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ingie

    Written November 9, 2013 5 Stars - stunning in a very tranquil dreamy and beautiful way I'm actually quite devout and overwhelmed after reading this amazing romance. Dark Space was not at all what I thought and expected. Instead I got something so much better. So, so good... romantic, poetic, nicely written and with a story that is both surprising, amusing, affectionate and also quite scary at times. Full marks! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Dark Space takes place in a rather dark future, a half century after the Earth was attacked by the Faceless. Brady Garett makes his ten-year militamarks!Dark20135 Written November 9, 2013 5 Stars - stunning in a very tranquil dreamy and beautiful way I'm actually quite devout and overwhelmed after reading this amazing romance. Dark Space was not at all what I thought and expected. Instead I got something so much better. So, so good... romantic, poetic, nicely written and with a story that is both surprising, amusing, affectionate and also quite scary at times. Full marks! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Dark Space takes place in a rather dark future, a half century after the Earth was attacked by the Faceless. Brady Garett makes his ten-year military service at space station number three. Brady wants nothing more than to go home again, but yet it has only been three years and as an angry and bitter 19 year old, it is now just to survive and endure. Four years earlier was the now celebrated hero, the fighter pilot Cameron Rushton, captured by these invincible and dangerous aliens. One day he returns and he needs a second heart... ‘Cam lifted his free hand. He ran his fingertips along my jaw. The intensity of his gaze shocked me. “You're my heartbeat, Brady.” About a month ago I read another very good M/M novel (The Island) by this author. Even then, I was struck by how good terrible memories and very nasty experiences can be told in the most skilful manner so that the reader knows but doesn't have to experience them all. And I'm so grateful. ~ I know but don't need, or want, to be involved and learn every little cruel detail. Because there is a lot of dark topics in this story too but Dark Space is also so very bright and beautiful. It's about fear... hope and love. For me is it always wonderful with "manly" men, heroes and other characters who may be "small". Strong men who are allowed to cry, scream and be scared sometimes. Like Brady here. Then it becomes really good and believable stories about "real people" - even here in an quite unreal and fictional sci fi world. Sometimes it can also be too much anxiety and distress but these two MC's felt both credible, interesting, and very worthy of each other. They were just simply two lovely and believable guys and I felt stongly for them. ...Nothing was obvious, and up until the last page, I wondered how it would end. Skillfully done, Miss Henry! Brady and Cam's inner thoughts, souls, hearts and desire are tied closer and closer to each page. Eventually, it becomes overwhelmingly beautiful and captivating. Two men in a room, an exterior terrible faceless enemy, incomprehension and dark secrets, a dark but fascinating future world and charged with excitement - ...you become "embroiled" in Brady's emotions, fears and thoughts... and get stuck there. A very interesting place to visit. Sometimes I might need both more action, laughter, nonsense or big grand tears, but after two captivating well written five star's books are now this author, Lisa Henry, a given reading choice for me in the future. Superb!! ~ better than this can hardly a romantic and atmospheric sci fi book be... for me. Recommended to all romance readers who dare to venture out into the vast darkness in space. I LIKE - Very much!! ~~~~~~~~~~~ My wise friend Andrea (her review) recommended this lovely novel to me ~ Thank you, Andrea!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Lea

    I am a complete and utter mess after reading this book. I don’t even think I can articulate how I feel. My thoughts and emotions are all over the place. I’m not even sure I could tell you what this book was about. Was it GFY? Yes, but not in any way that I have ever read. It’s almost as though the feelings of being gay were forced upon Brady but then you get the feeling that they were already there, just buried so deep that Brady wasn‘t even aware of them. Maybe. Sorta. I don’t fucking know.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    4.5 UNIVERSE-SHATTERING STARS I never would have read this book had I not seen the multiple glowing reviews come across my feed. I don't usually read sci-fi. I don't do aliens. And it's not because I'm arrogant enough to think we're the only intelligent beings in the universe, but because I generally prefer not to speculate about the vastness of space and time. But thank the gods for peer pressure. Because this book was BLOODY. BRILLIANT. Everything in this novel felt real and right: 4.5 UNIVERSE-SHATTERING STARS I never would have read this book had I not seen the multiple glowing reviews come across my feed. I don't usually read sci-fi. I don't do aliens. And it's not because I'm arrogant enough to think we're the only intelligent beings in the universe, but because I generally prefer not to speculate about the vastness of space and time. But thank the gods for peer pressure. Because this book was BLOODY. BRILLIANT. Everything in this novel felt real and right: the war with the Faceless; the bleak future filled with destruction and fear; the brutality of conscription; the harshness of life on the edge of death; Cam, Brady, and Cam AND Brady - in every possible way, I believed in THEM, their connection, their soul-searing love. The only minor niggle (and one that has been mentioned in other reviews) is that the ending felt rushed and slightly incomplete. There was ONE question in particular that I don't think was resolved. If you've read the book, please read the spoiler and help me understand. I may go out of my mind if left hanging. (view spoiler)[ If earth signed the treaty with the Faceless and the war is over, why were the stations and men left in space? Brady is released and Cam sent down with him to make sure Brady gets home, but does that mean Cam has to go back into space? Because that sure as hell wouldn't be a HEA. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marte - Thunderella

    Re-read October 2015. I love this book so much! I'm keeping my review and rating from a year ago. :) Review August 14, 2014: Read August 11-14 ***** 5 times all the stars in the universe ***** That is all. *speechless* BEST.BOOK.EVER. Cover. Plot. Story. Characters. Writing. Feels. Buddy Read with Nick and Doodlepanda!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs

    4.5 OuT Of ThiS WoRLD sTaRs I'm gonna say it, because it was what I was thinking...and this book is all about sharing thoughts...so here it is If I was a Guy there's a song in there somewhere... I swear I would have been pulling my OL'TODGER ...and this would be me....after the dirty deed... that was so fucking GOOD, so GOOD. Who knew Space could be so frickin sexy. This was my first encounter with alien's, and I never thought I would be sucked into dark space....but Lisa Henry proved me wrong. "You're like starlight," Cam whispered, and his teeth scraped up my jaw.wrong.deed...somewhere...is 4.5 OuT Of ThiS WoRLD sTaRs I'm gonna say it, because it was what I was thinking...and this book is all about sharing thoughts...so here it is If I was a Guy there's a song in there somewhere... I swear I would have been pulling my OL'TODGER ...and this would be me....after the dirty deed... that was so fucking GOOD, so GOOD. Who knew Space could be so frickin sexy. This was my first encounter with alien's, and I never thought I would be sucked into dark space....but Lisa Henry proved me wrong. "You're like starlight," Cam whispered, and his teeth scraped up my jaw. I shivered. "I could lose myself in you." Well, what can I say, I was totally lost in the romance between Cam and Brady I Loved, the fantastic, descriptive world building. The intensity The characters including the Faceless Kai-Ren and imagining him....calling he's haunting whispered words!! The amazing writing In fact I LOVED it all, I thought it was out of this WORLD!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    DNF at around 75% I probably could have finished this one but I just couldn't be bothered. I was pretty bored. Brady wasn't too likable either. This was my first sci-fi type read and it was really interesting at first. I kind of dug the whole connection between Brady and Cam, and how Brady was essentially keeping Cam alive. It was kind of sweet and hot. But then nothing really happened. And Brady just seemed to be on the same continuous l DNF at around 75% I probably could have finished this one but I just couldn't be bothered. I was pretty bored. Brady wasn't too likable either. This was my first sci-fi type read and it was really interesting at first. I kind of dug the whole connection between Brady and Cam, and how Brady was essentially keeping Cam alive. It was kind of sweet and hot. But then nothing really happened. And Brady just seemed to be on the same continuous loop inside his head. "We're all going to die." "We only have a few days left." "Kai-Ren will kill us." Apparently things picked up where I left off but I can assure you I would not have been pleased with much that followed. So yeah, this one wasn't for me!

  14. 5 out of 5

    LenaRibka

    4,5 stars. What for a great start into the year 2014! With the Dark Space I hit a jackpot and I hope that it's a good sign for all my future books for this year! Normally I'm a bit greedy with my star's rating, but here I didn't hesitate even a minute. BECAUSE.... ♥ I swear by God, I won't start my future reviews for a science fiction book with the sentence "Though I am not a big fan of a science fiction genre...". At least after reading this book I know it's not true. I AM. Period. At/>What 4,5 stars. What for a great start into the year 2014! With the Dark Space I hit a jackpot and I hope that it's a good sign for all my future books for this year! Normally I'm a bit greedy with my star's rating, but here I didn't hesitate even a minute. BECAUSE.... ♥ I swear by God, I won't start my future reviews for a science fiction book with the sentence "Though I am not a big fan of a science fiction genre...". At least after reading this book I know it's not true. I AM. Period. ♥ My first book of Lisa Henry was Falling Away. I fell in love with her writing. At least after reading this book I know I'm her fan FOREVER. Lisa, you are GREAT. Period. Absolutely fantastic thrilling emotional intense read. Exquisite.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Fuck the universe. Fuck eternity and creation and a million colors boiling together in the black. What the hell use was that to me? My heart broke either way. The Writing: I thought the writing in this book was absolutely gorgeous and it painted the most vivid picture in my mind, that I literally felt like I dropped some acid and started reading. If I was even half as beautiful looking as Lisa Henry's writing, I'd be a supermodel, it's that good. When something creepy or scary is happening in the book *a lot*, I'm genuinely w Fuck the universe. Fuck eternity and creation and a million colors boiling together in the black. What the hell use was that to me? My heart broke either way. The Writing: I thought the writing in this book was absolutely gorgeous and it painted the most vivid picture in my mind, that I literally felt like I dropped some acid and started reading. If I was even half as beautiful looking as Lisa Henry's writing, I'd be a supermodel, it's that good. When something creepy or scary is happening in the book *a lot*, I'm genuinely weirded out or spooked. The Characters: Brady Garrett, what a character. He's so human and so strong, and you can physically feel his pain and sorrow throughout the book. I kept forgetting he was only 19 years old. He's thrown into unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations and struggles with his own self-worth and sexuality. Doc was an awesome character. You need characters like him in the story who care about the MC without always having to be the annoying friend. Doc was the best. He seemed so understanding and so human. Cameron Rushton. Wow. One of the first things that left a huge impression on me was his raw sexuality. He was never apologetic about it and never uncomfortable. He asked for the things he wanted in a way that made him wreak of sex. He'd ask Brady if he could just be with him when Brady was getting off, just because he wanted to. He dreamed of sucking dick and those dreams transferred to Brady, almost unapologetically. But suddenly I was dreaming of cock. Fisting it, sucking it, riding it, in glorious fucking Technicolor. The Story: I love sci-fi. I love it more than fantasy and paranormal (which I also enjoy) so I thought this book would be right up my alley. The world Lisa Henry created was unique. It felt so bleak and pointless and utterly and completely horrifying. And it was. To most of the characters and mankind in general. I like that the story circled around the concept of our existence basically meaning less than nothing. It was refreshing. Some of the things that happened in this story were heartbreaking, disturbing, and terrifying. Upon Brady learning what happened in the years that Cameron was gone, Brady (and myself) became even more uncontrollably horrified by the Faceless. The sex in this book was hot. Really hot. Unconventional in some ways, but very steamy nonetheless. I felt like the romance progressed perfectly, and at a perfect pace. I'm not saying that it happened slowly, but it did. The sexual contact and craving for human contact forced these two men together which created huge, blinding sparks of lust, but the love grew more slowly, like a burning, and it was brilliant because I fell right there with them. The Faceless: They pretty much scared the piss out of me. That's all I can say about them. I'd be right there with Brady, accepting that they'd probably kill everyone and everything. I feel like the amazing writing created such a huge fear of the unknown, adding to the horror that was the Faceless. Final Thoughts: Well, I cried at the ending, as well as a few other times throughout the book. I felt like Cameron's relationship with Kai-Ren was fucking weird, especially after you see the interaction between the two. The whole 'master' thing made me think the exact same thing Brady did, that it was wrong and weird that a strong man like Cameron would become like a household pet, but I completely understood the situation. I don't want to say this next part. I'm dreading it but I feel like I have to. Some parts of this book, especially the interaction between the Faceless and Cameron.. reminded me of another book. A book that was *cough* light years and light years away from this book, but if you've read both, you'll know what I'm talking about. This book is called Acquainted with the Night and if you're curious, go read my review to see what I'm talking about. *cough* Overall this book was beautiful and interesting and fun and disturbing and I loved every second of it. Every single second. It's one of those books that I feel lucky to have read. He would chase starlight until he caught it. Until it caught him.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    This book is a twist on GFY - what if a straight guy was bound telepathically to a gay man? What if he was literally the gay man's heartbeat, forced to have skin contact or let that man die. What if they shared dreams? Where would their relationship go? And what if they knew that sometime in the near future they would either die or be unbound and back in their solitary minds? The answers are of vital importance to Brady, nineteen, straight, and accidentally bound to a man who may be bringing the This book is a twist on GFY - what if a straight guy was bound telepathically to a gay man? What if he was literally the gay man's heartbeat, forced to have skin contact or let that man die. What if they shared dreams? Where would their relationship go? And what if they knew that sometime in the near future they would either die or be unbound and back in their solitary minds? The answers are of vital importance to Brady, nineteen, straight, and accidentally bound to a man who may be bringing the alien apocalypse down upon the human race. And yet that man - Cam - is, for all his stoic appearance, lonely, kind, vulnerable, and scarred at levels only Brady can see. This book is not hard Science Fiction, but what I consider space-opera, which is not an insult but a categorization. (Some of my favorite books including The Warrior's Apprentice and My Fair Captain are in this category.) In hard SF, the heart of the story is the projection of technology and human progression forward in time. In space opera, the heart of the story is composed of human relationships and the SF elements provide a backdrop or frame. Sometimes that frame is detailed, rich and imaginative (eg. the Bujold books.) Sometimes it's much thinner. This book is one with a thin veneer of SF - the same story could basically have been told as an urban fantasy or paranormal, with a these two men brought into their predicament by magic. There is very little backstory to how the human race got where it is, and not much time spent on technology or social changes. It's still a good romance with an intriguing concept and an original plot. I liked the characters of both men, and the depth of anger, confusion, determination and kindness in Brady in particular. Cam was a little more of an enigma, despite Brady being inside his head. The issues I had with this book were a few plot and SF elements that detracted only a little from the story. If you like romances and enjoy most SF, this is a good read. If you don't like SF, but do like paranormal or fantasy, this might be the SF book to pick for challenges. If you are stickler for the science, and the projection of logic and human culture into the future, then you may find a few nits to pick. I'm betting you'll still like Cam and Brady though.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Otila

    ”You’re like starlight. I could lose myself in you.” Brady hates space. Unfortunately, he’s been conscripted into the military and is stuck on a space station for 10 years and still has 7 left to go. He lives in fear of the Faceless-the alien race that nearly destroyed Earth- and misses his father and little sister back home. His life wasn't much better back there, growing up dirt poor with a crappy childhood, but he needs to get back to take care of his sister. Lt. Cameron Rushton was a pilot who w ”You’re like starlight. I could lose myself in you.” Brady hates space. Unfortunately, he’s been conscripted into the military and is stuck on a space station for 10 years and still has 7 left to go. He lives in fear of the Faceless-the alien race that nearly destroyed Earth- and misses his father and little sister back home. His life wasn't much better back there, growing up dirt poor with a crappy childhood, but he needs to get back to take care of his sister. Lt. Cameron Rushton was a pilot who was abducted by the Faceless 4 years ago. A pod is found with the lieutenant in stasis inside and circumstances make it so that Brady is the first to touch Cam when he’s removed from the pod. This causes a strange connection between Cam and Brady. Cam now needs Brady in order to stay alive. Brady is his “battery” and keeps him strong and his heart beating. His hand came up, palm upward, and pressed against mine. Right against it, like he knew it was there even though he hadn’t opened his eyes. When Cameron wakes up, he tells everyone that the Faceless want peace but everyone is skeptical including Brady. Though, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks, the leader of the Faceless is on his way to the space station and all they can do is wait. Brady and Cam are stuck alone together while they wait and Brady being his battery is not the only connection they have. They also share their thoughts, their feelings and their dreams. Brady may not be gay, but Cam is and they're sharing some pretty interesting dreams. The lust growing between them becomes impossible to ignore. Now Brady’s not sure if the feelings he’s having for Cam are real or just a result of these strange circumstances. When our connection was broken, would I miss him? Or was this just biochemistry? Brady also knows that Cameron is hiding something and is wondering if Cam just might be a traitor. I really liked the suspense in this book. Wondering what exactly Cam’s secrets were and then the last 20% of the book had me anxious with anticipation and uncertainty. The story is told from Brady 1st person POV and I felt his anxiety and fear. What I loved was the romance. Brady is 19, bratty, angry, cynical and pessimistic. He’s also lonely, sweet, funny and lovable. These two were sexy and sweet and I enjoyed seeing Cam breakdown Brady’s’ walls. They were just lovely together. I lost all sense of time, of place. All sense of everything except Cam. We fit together, my face tucked under his chin, arms around each other, legs entangled. I could feel his heart beating.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Gala

    I love science fiction… But there are a lot of science fiction tropes that I am not a fan of. I am so tired of cat aliens. CJ Cherryh already did it, and I liked hers better than yours (that's a generic "you", not Lisa Henry), so you probably don’t want me to write a review of yours. I am equally tired of aliens who think like humans, human heroes who single handedly save the universe, and world building that I look at and honestly don’t see how humanity reached I love science fiction… But there are a lot of science fiction tropes that I am not a fan of. I am so tired of cat aliens. CJ Cherryh already did it, and I liked hers better than yours (that's a generic "you", not Lisa Henry), so you probably don’t want me to write a review of yours. I am equally tired of aliens who think like humans, human heroes who single handedly save the universe, and world building that I look at and honestly don’t see how humanity reached that place. Yep, I’m picky. And that means I don’t review much because my momma taught me if you ain’t got nuthin’ nice to say, don’t say nuthin’. Well, she said that in much more proper tones, anyway. But this time, I’m saying something. I asked over on Facebook for something dark, something edgy, something GOOD. I got a lot of recommendations, but the one I bought was Lisa Henry’s Dark Space. I love this universe. It’s dark and edgy, and this feels like a universe humans would create. The soldiers are weary and brutal, one big mass of PTSD locked in a space station. The bad guys are suitably terrifying. Totally terrifying. Best of all, Brady is the sort of angry, tough, self-sacrificing hero I love stuck in the sort of realistic darkness that lets be believe in his sacrifice. I saw Cam’s secret from a mile out, but that made it even better because I was biting my nails until the moment Brady figured it out. And the plot. Okay, first time through on the reading, I skimmed the sex a little, not because it wasn’t good but because I wanted to get to the plot!! I read the sex on the second pass, and I enjoyed it, but that first time, I had to know if I was right about Cam’s big secret. I had to know if humans would be smart enough to accept a reality they didn’t like. I had to know how it would all end up. Now, is the book perfect? Of course not. The end felt a little rushed and I would want to know HOW it all ended up where it did. What were the officers’ reactions to things? However, the pieces that weren’t there didn’t prevent me from enjoying the hell out of the pieces that were.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    3 Stars, but only just. Really? You all loved this? You know what this means for me now? It means I am doomed! If the name wasn't already claimed I would proclaim myself the Mistress of Mediocrity, because really, that is all I seem to attract just lately. Yes, the first 25% was good and so was the last 25%. But what lies in the middle is just a repetitive yawn fest. If I wasn't interested in the telepathy between the two MC's I would have ditched this, I'm sure of it. So, 3 Stars, but only just. Really? You all loved this? You know what this means for me now? It means I am doomed! If the name wasn't already claimed I would proclaim myself the Mistress of Mediocrity, because really, that is all I seem to attract just lately. Yes, the first 25% was good and so was the last 25%. But what lies in the middle is just a repetitive yawn fest. If I wasn't interested in the telepathy between the two MC's I would have ditched this, I'm sure of it. So, I could claim that it's not the book it's me, but I won't. I'm not hiding behind that. What could have been an intriguing angst fest with creepy alien invasions just wasn't. The action is just about over before it starts and boom-bang-bing it's a happy ever after. Who was Cam beyond the gay hero who enjoys being the bottom? Brady was okay, but damn that boy gets tiresome with his repetitive I'm not worthy speeches. The most interesting person in this novel was the bad alien guy with his sibilant hissing. So I ended up liking it enough, but with all the hype I really expected a lot more from this. A LOT more. Nevermind, I'll just go suck on another bitter bill and search out my next mediocre read. Yes, I'm feeling sorry for myself.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    For whatever reason, I'm still not a big fan of M/M romance sci-fi. But this one really did it for me and didn't muck my brain up too badly with freakishly spelled "alien" words to throw me out of the story. The MCs were hot, even if MC Garrett was a bit on the young side, and angst was very genuine and actually teetered on too much, hence the 4 stars instead of 5, and the sex was mindbogglingly hot. I enjoyed the story line and the HEA was very satisfying. Fans of M/M romance, angst For whatever reason, I'm still not a big fan of M/M romance sci-fi. But this one really did it for me and didn't muck my brain up too badly with freakishly spelled "alien" words to throw me out of the story. The MCs were hot, even if MC Garrett was a bit on the young side, and angst was very genuine and actually teetered on too much, hence the 4 stars instead of 5, and the sex was mindbogglingly hot. I enjoyed the story line and the HEA was very satisfying. Fans of M/M romance, angst and sci-fi, this one is definitely for you! Highly recommended!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    4.5 Stars Dark Space by Lisa Henry had me at LISA HENRY. But throw in green eyes, starlight, aliens, and jolt-to-the-heart chemistry and I am a very happy woman. Our story is told by and revolves around Brady Garrett. A young recruit in medic training in space during a dark time in Earth's history due to The Faceless. The Faceless! Is that not the best alien name ever? The Faceless attacked Earth decades before changing the world as we know it. Now constant fear forces us to recruit ki 4.5 Stars Dark Space by Lisa Henry had me at LISA HENRY. But throw in green eyes, starlight, aliens, and jolt-to-the-heart chemistry and I am a very happy woman. Our story is told by and revolves around Brady Garrett. A young recruit in medic training in space during a dark time in Earth's history due to The Faceless. The Faceless! Is that not the best alien name ever? The Faceless attacked Earth decades before changing the world as we know it. Now constant fear forces us to recruit kids at 16 to defend against another attack. Conscripted for ten years, Brady is just watching the clock tick down until he can get home to his little sister and father. Then Cameron Rushton hits the air lock! A war hero taken by The Faceless four years ago is back and Brady is somehow right in the middle of the tension and questions. Is Rushton’s return a sign of peace or doom? ”I was so small, less than a speck of dust in the vast writhing cauldron of space. And I wasn’t afraid, because I was a part of it.” Space. Oh good gods, I do love my deep, dark space tales. Stars, ships, planets, aliens! OH, don’t forget the *swoosh* of doors, pods, and tight uniforms! Well—the tight uniforms could be just me. :D But you get my drift. Lisa Henry paints the picture just how I like it. Big, beautiful dark, dark space! Look up into the night sky. Ms. Henry captured that endless black, sense of unknown and wonder on the page. The setting had me locked into this story at page one. Then it all began to crackle and burn. “We were sensation and sweat and short, sharp breaths. We were electricity. I couldn’t tell his gasps and whimpers from mine. I didn’t know it could be like that. Didn’t think it was possible to be that close to another human being. The big black became small drawn, shrank into nothing. We were all that existed.” The big heart pumping beat of this story was the chemistry between Brady and Cameron (Cam). The heat pulsed, sparked, and jumped off the page! I could feel every jolt, shiver, and spark between them as they touched. Could feel every synchronized beat of their heart. Fingers entwined. Heat. Skin on skin. Pressing, holding, and feeling! Very HOT! The way these two men could share their thoughts, dreams, and bodies with each other was sexy, terrifying and hilarious at times. Their need and desire made my heart skip a beat or two! I loved every moment between them from the first touch to the last. My only grumble was Brady’s bitching and moaning! By the end, I just wanted to slap him upside the head—Your life is not shit! Jeeeez! Man up! Haha…But I have to remember he is young, inexperienced, and scared. Plus we were IN his head. He didn’t say or moan all of it out loud. I forgave him. :) A highly recommended story for any and all M/M sci-fi fans! After The Island, I had a full-on crush on Lisa Henry, but now? Hell now—I’m in love! If I close my eyes, I can still feel Brady and Cam’s heat. I can still hear their heart thumping and skipping! Jump on board! Dark Space is one hell of a reading ride.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    *** 4.5 Perfectly Synchronized Heartbeats *** I don't want to go into too much detail in my review (because I think half the allure of this book is discovering this world and these characters for yourself), but I just have to say that this book was frickin' AWESOME! I thought the whole sci-fi/world-building aspects of this story were extremely well done. Then again, as a newbie to the genre, I can count the number of sci-fi books I’ve read in my lifetime on one hand – my right hand, i *** 4.5 Perfectly Synchronized Heartbeats *** I don't want to go into too much detail in my review (because I think half the allure of this book is discovering this world and these characters for yourself), but I just have to say that this book was frickin' AWESOME! I thought the whole sci-fi/world-building aspects of this story were extremely well done. Then again, as a newbie to the genre, I can count the number of sci-fi books I’ve read in my lifetime on one hand – my right hand, if I’m being honest. ;) I also really dug the telepathy angle of the story. Not that I'm above a little bump and grind, but I’ve always found the mental and emotional connections between two main characters WAY sexier than the physical ones, and this book had that in spades. And it was INTENSE. You throw in the fact that Brady’s touch was actually need to keep Cam alive and I was toast. TOAST, I tell you! That brings me to the Faceless - they were creepy as fuck. Like, right up there with the Dementors from Harry Potter on my metre-o-terror. I was completely terrified of Kai-Ren by the time we got to meet him in the flesh. Or black latex shell. Or whatever the hell it was. And he only got more pee-my-pants-sleep-with-the-lights-on-and-one-eye-open scary from there. I had only one real criticism of this book: considering how vividly I could hear that clock in the background of the story ticking down to doomsday, I thought that (view spoiler)[the scene in the Dome with Kai-Ren, Cam, Brady, and the others (hide spoiler)] was a teensy bit underwhelming. I think there was an opportunity in that moment to seriously ratchet up the tension in the story, but it was missed/fell a little flat. That said, the next couple of scenes more than made up for it! Verdict: Dark Space was damn good. So close to a 5-star rating I could practically taste it (and it tasted more like officer's rations and contraband chocolate bars than that crap they serve the enlisted). I think if the sex had been just a little hotter, or if the heartbreaking moments had had me reaching for a box of tissues rather than leaving me with a temporarily quivering lower lip, it would have been a 5-star novel without question. As it is, there is room for improvement. Which is FABULOUS, since I hear through the grapevine that Lisa Henry has Part 2 coming at us in 2014! :D PS: I gotta say - and I know this is practically blasphemous to say to a website full of readers, but… - I think that Dark Space would make a fucking WICKED movie. Except… Ugh. Hollywood would probably make it a male/female relationship and I’d want to gouge my own eyes out...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Em

    Em's book of the year award goes to Dark Space! I've read a few sci-fi books before, but this one was so different, it was atmospheric and the world-building painted a very vivid picture. It was simply perfect. Cam was captured by The Faceless, an alien race, four years ago and everyone is suspicious when he is suddenly returned with a message. Something goes wrong when they try to remove his body from the stasis pod he is returned in. Brady manages to re-start Cam's heart and from this moment on he becomes Cam' Em's book of the year award goes to Dark Space! I've read a few sci-fi books before, but this one was so different, it was atmospheric and the world-building painted a very vivid picture. It was simply perfect. Cam was captured by The Faceless, an alien race, four years ago and everyone is suspicious when he is suddenly returned with a message. Something goes wrong when they try to remove his body from the stasis pod he is returned in. Brady manages to re-start Cam's heart and from this moment on he becomes Cam's heartbeat and the two must spend their time linked together. Brady and Cam are both very unique individuals, and it was wonderful to watch their romance develope over the course of the book. You got to know what Brady and Cam were were thinking and feeling and because they communicated telepathically, they saw each others memories. This gave them an extremely close bond and a very touching romance soon developed. From the word go I couldn't see how things could possibly work out ok for these guys....and the human race of course. (view spoiler)[So I was overjoyed with the fantastic ending! (hide spoiler)] I would definitely recommend and wouldn't let the sci-fi bit put anyone off!

  24. 4 out of 5

    MLE

    Edit 10/18 Re-read for Darker Space. Just as good as I remember A perfectly creepy, and atmospheric sci-fi tale. The characters we well drawn, and I especially liked Brady. His attitude, personality were done well, and the connection with Cameron is intense, but by no means equals instant understanding, or trust. The alien race is terrifying in its strength, and mind set. Really well done. I'm so glad I gave this a chance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sheziss

    Brady Garrett is homesick. He’s been in service for three long years and he only dreams to come back home. He has a dirty mouth, something that has got him into problems more than once. He has a bad attitude. He feels lonely. Cameron Rushton is a pilot who was kidnapped and given up for dead for four years. But now he’s back. He could be a traitor. He could be the key for the peace. And he ne Brady Garrett is homesick. He’s been in service for three long years and he only dreams to come back home. He has a dirty mouth, something that has got him into problems more than once. He has a bad attitude. He feels lonely. Cameron Rushton is a pilot who was kidnapped and given up for dead for four years. But now he’s back. He could be a traitor. He could be the key for the peace. And he needs Brady for his heart to keep beating. They can’t be more different. Cam loves the dark. Brady fears the dark. Cam is an officer. Brady is the lowest thing in the food chain. There is no future for them. His position as a recruit is resource of suffering and tears, but also of hope to come back home with his little sister and Dad in the shortest time possible. His life has not been all peaches and cream. He thinks all mates would stab him in the back if they had a chance. He thinks officers are all assholes. He has considered killing himself before. He just envies people who get to do it. In a short time, the Faceless would be there. And it could be the end of humanity. Or the beginning of peace. Brady is a pessimist, so he believes they are all dead, in spite of Cam telling him the opposite. I absolutely loved this book. It’s not to be missed! I’m not really into sci-fi books but with this one I only wanted to read more stories in the same space. Of course, I also CRAVED for their connection. Because, yeah, they have a REAL connection, literally speaking, but even in the other sense of the word. Brady thinks it’s only biochemistry and physiology and drugs, so he doesn’t trust his feelings, because they could be Cam’s, or something he makes up from some place in his mind. It was beautiful to see how they get closer, how they get to know each other, how Brady thinks we wants Cam's touch but not only for synchronise their heartbeats, how Brady sinks in despair, how Cam makes him free from his fears and takes care of him. They fit together, it sang RIGHT all the time. Cam makes Brady crave for more. Crave to be with him the last days together... till all of them are destroyed or till they get him apart from Cam. But the Faceless are there to make things difficult. I like A LOT that the MC are trapped together in the same place. Is a plus for me if they are in the same room, without a chance to get apart from each other, and with the pressing need to sort out their problems and their issues together. To face each other and the bond that is forming. There is no break from it. They only have one option: deal with it. Everything is shared: their fears, their dreams, their frustrations, their anger, their longing, their passion, their attraction… I think it’s a romantic topic in a book. I felt like helplessly being dragged to a black hole. Totally worth it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    LenaLena

    All I want to know is: where did my effing Story go?!? It starts with a story. Good story. Nice. Good writing. Then we get the 'magically bonded' trope. Fine. There is some excellent Drarry and Sterek out there that use that trope. No problems with that trope. But then Story gets abandoned just so we can spend a whole lot of time in a room watching the magic bonding. It goes a little like this: Brady: I am afraid of the black and I miss my family and in a few days we're all gonna die when Kai-Ren getsBrady: All I want to know is: where did my effing Story go?!? It starts with a story. Good story. Nice. Good writing. Then we get the 'magically bonded' trope. Fine. There is some excellent Drarry and Sterek out there that use that trope. No problems with that trope. But then Story gets abandoned just so we can spend a whole lot of time in a room watching the magic bonding. It goes a little like this: Brady: I am afraid of the black and I miss my family and in a few days we're all gonna die when Kai-Ren gets here and I'm not gay and get out of my head and stop touching me and I need to touch you or you're gonna die but we're all gonna die when Kai-Ren gets here and I wanna touch you but I don't wanna touch you and our dreams are all exact memories and I don't want them but they turn me on and touch me some more because we are all gonna die when Kai-Ren gets here anyway and I miss my family... Then there is a little break where Brady gets out of the room, with or without Cam, and gets picked on by officers or other recruits or bad news, Cam flatlines, Brady comes running back, and there is crying. So. Much. Crying. And fucking, of course. Then go back to Brady's internal monologue and repeat a few more times. And then Kai-Ren FINALLY arrives, and the story comes running back, waving and shouting: 'Here I am! I got lost! So Sorry! But I'm back now!" And then everything is alright for a bit. Just in time to get a sloppy romance ending slapped on top. I am all for not tying everything up with a big bow, but this is like they kicked Story in the ass on the way out: Yeah, thanks for coming back, but we decided we don't need you after all. Instead, we're going to do a whole lot of quick handwaving and wahla: family reunion and apartment hunting back on Earth. The fuck happened with the treaty? How do you get diagnosed as crazy but not get discharged? How..... how..... ? Ugh! I want my Story back. So how do you rate that? Awesome beginning, repetitive and emotionally manipulative middle, brief flare up of awesome and then a fudged ending. A three star minus, I guess.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tara♥ {MindforBooks}

    Well holy crap. I loved it. Just loved it. This was just a wonderful book. Everything was so clear in my mind that I might as well have been watching a movie. You know what my biggest problem is? And it’s a big one. It’s that I finished reading it. Honestly there is nothing that I can fault about this book. Brady and Cam are just wonderful characters. I loved how and why their relationship developed, that connection was just fantastic and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I adored Brady, he Well holy crap. I loved it. Just loved it. This was just a wonderful book. Everything was so clear in my mind that I might as well have been watching a movie. You know what my biggest problem is? And it’s a big one. It’s that I finished reading it. Honestly there is nothing that I can fault about this book. Brady and Cam are just wonderful characters. I loved how and why their relationship developed, that connection was just fantastic and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I adored Brady, he is so strong and the world has played him such shitty hands and even though he is angry he is also brave and old beyond his years. I never once felt the age difference between him and Cam, mainly because Brady had to grow up so very fast at such a young age. I’m crushing hard on Cam. I think it’s the hair. But aside from his amazing hair it’s got to do with the fact that he is also very strong and he is also very brave but he does not carry the anger that Brady carries even though he has had some horrible things happen to him as well. There is a beautiful kindness in him and the fact that he kept his humanity after four years with the Faceless is amazing. Yeah. I’m crushing hard on Cam. Just wonderful. Read it. You will not regret it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fabi

    Sexy Sci-Fi I think this is the hottest Sci-Fi Romance I've ever read. Hooooly. Yaas! Lisa Henry took the "Abducted by Aliens" trope to a whole new level. It's an older book so there are a ton of wonderful, detailed reviews. That lets me be lazy and just say that if you like MM Romance and you like Sci-Fi, then you REALLY SHOULD read this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog

    ~ ~ ~ Note: This book contains reference to past rape, violence 5 of 5 Tingling Stars ”You’re my heartbeat, Brady.” I love sci-fi. I love romance. I love that Lisa Henry gave me a perfect combination of both in this book. The setting is near-future, post-apocalyptic earth orbit. I found this a really great setting for m/m romance. The rules haven’t changed much from what we know now, in fact it just makes it all that much more intense. CONNECTION: - Attachment - Communication - Relationship - Joining Was it weird that I was startJoiningStarsviolence5~Note: ~ ~ ~ Note: This book contains reference to past rape, violence 5 of 5 Tingling Stars ”You’re my heartbeat, Brady.” I love sci-fi. I love romance. I love that Lisa Henry gave me a perfect combination of both in this book. The setting is near-future, post-apocalyptic earth orbit. I found this a really great setting for m/m romance. The rules haven’t changed much from what we know now, in fact it just makes it all that much more intense. CONNECTION: - Attachment - Communication - Relationship - Joining Was it weird that I was starting to enjoy the little spikes of lust that thrilled through him when we touched? That thrilled through us? THE CHARACTERS Brady Garrett - Pissy, afraid, young, lowly recruit and probably smarter than all the officers combined. It turns out that you can feel so fucking miserable that even the thought of asphyxiation doesn’t seem so bad. Lt. Cameron Rushton - He’s a hero. His posters prove it. His good looks say, Join the Military and Save the Earth. Bullshit. They probably just couldn’t fit Join the Military and Become Fucking Cannon Fodder for Aliens on the posters. THE STORY Maybe his return wasn’t a miracle after all. Maybe it was a harbinger. In the near future we are in an unwinnable war against the Faceless, an enemy entirely superior, who may return at any time. We defend earth with orbiting space stations and Hawk pilots who patrol hoping to never encounter a Faceless. One of these pilots has been captured by the Faceless, rather than just being killed. He’s been gone for four years. Conscripted at sixteen, Brady Garrett serves aboard Defender Three, a floating tin in the big black. Brady hates serving, hates the Faceless and hates that he can’t be home on earth where he belongs. When Faceless technology causes Brady and Cameron to connect they have to learn to understand one another. Cameron brings a message, but will anyone listen? THE WRITING Lisa Henry had me heavy or weightless, hurried and hopeless at her whim. There was a scene in the book where I was leaning forward while virtually running down a corridor with a character. I couldn’t go fast enough to save him. When the scene was over I sat back and realized, whew, that was intense. I was actually breathing hard. When I get physically involved in a scene, in fact in the whole book, I know it’s good. What a great ride. Oh, I didn't even mention yet how damn sexy this was... My lips found that place on his jaw that made his head fall back. I liked it when he exposed his throat like that. There was something primeval about that that spoke of trust and, on some level, surrender. EXCEPTIONAL ~ ~ ~ I sincerely thank Loose Id and Lisa Henry for an ARC copy of Dark Space in exchange for an honest review. ~ ~ ~ Take a look at my Male/Male Romance Book Blog: http://www.attentionisarbitrary.blogspot.com

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alona

    Happily refreshing my memory. Re-reading before starting book #2 First read in January 2014. 5++++ stars! My first ever Sci Fi book and it totally blew me away! This is the second book by this author that I read and it is going straight to where the first one is now: "My All Time Fav" shelf! Thank you Lena for recommending this book and thank you Limor for a great buddy read!

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