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Banner's Bonus

by Carole Ann Lee

     

When Carole Ann Lee wrote Solar Wind (also reviewed on Myshelf), the sequel to Banner's Bonus, her first spacefaring romance, she fleshed out Zeke Slater, who was then only a very minor character, giving him center stage in that sequel. Since the release of Solar Wind, Ms. Lee has returned to Banner's Bonus and given that novel a thorough rewrite to set up Zeke Slater as a more important character in that first book. Ms. Lee wrote of Zeke's new appearance in Banner's Bonus: "I needed to give him more of a stronger personality so that he wouldn't seem out of character in Solar Wind." That she indeed did with the new ebook version of Banner's Bonus.

This tale follows freelance cargo ship captain Nick Banner as he takes on a very special consignment, Tressa Loring, the daughter of one of his various shipping clients. He is to take Tressa to Acacia, his home planet, where she will be kept safe by his family. Sparks soon fly between Banner, who has a reputation for being a womanizer, and the young, innocent, strong-willed Tressa—and not all of those sparks are romantic. But Banner and Tresser soon discover a lot of about each other as they battle space pirates, kidnappers, slave auction buyers, and a ghost from the past. And, Tressa soon discovers that Banner has triggered some new abilities from her Creohen / human heritage that she didn't know she had.

As with Solar Wind, I found Banner's family to be one of the most interesting parts of the story. Here, Zeke Slater enters the picture as trusted friend and pseudo-brother. This is great space opera adventure with enough romance to have readers fanning themselves.

Carole Ann Lee is working on another book in the Nick Banner / Zeke Slater world called Banner's Renegade that should be out soon.

The Book

Awe-Struck
2008
eBook
978-1-58749-670-7
Romance
Amazon Kindle
other eBook formats and Excerpt
NOTE: Spicy

The Reviewer

Janie Franz
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Janie Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!and co-author of The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book.
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