Monday, June 6, 2011

The Dimensional Shift by Frances Pauli

I struggle with science fiction romance (SFR). I'm not a big romance reader, though I don't mind romance in a book itself. However, I haven't had good luck with the merger of the two genres. Most times, I'm left feeling like either the science was laughable or the heavy panting got in the way.

So, as someone who doesn't like the genre and who has struggled to even finish most SFR books recommended to her, I *loved* this book. Loved it. Laughed and laughed, and laughed some more. And I didn't laugh at it. No, I laughed with it.

I thoroughly enjoyed how Pauli took the common "vanilla human meets the aliens" trope and gave the woman a job cleaning hotel rooms in space/time. That just rocked.

A major thing that I enjoyed was that the love interest was not the focus of the book. Our heroine had to deal with moving into another dimension, making friends with an invisible man, and her crazy neighbour. The relationship between Chloe (our heroine) and Drew (the handsome boss man) never felt forced, so I could enjoy their story along with Chloe's adventures.

Highly recommended.

7 comments:

  1. I edited this book (and Aspect Ratio, the next in the series) and when I was editing I had to keep reminding myself I was supposed to be working, not reading for fun. My favorite part is that the "crazy UFO neighbor" is actually right. And she plays a part in Aspect Ratio too.

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  2. I loves the UFO neighbour! So excited to read the next one.

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  3. You nailed it on the head with my genre reading preferences. Romance in a book (some) is a-okay. 'Romance genre itself...not so much for me. Interesting how this one worked for you though....who'd have thought? Thanks for the share!

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  4. Oh, soooo glad to hear you enjoyed this one on all different levels. :) I'm going to have to get it. Thank you! I did enjoy reading France Pauli's book; A Moth in Darkness. It was a fantasy read with fairies and such. But this sounds like such a fun read. :) Thank you!

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  5. I was considering A Moth in Darkness as well. Since this is the third recommendation, I'll have to add it to my ereader :)

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  6. Do hope you enjoy A Moth in Darkness. The second book in the series is coming out in August. :)

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  7. There really do need to be more books where romance isnt central focus. Thanks for review.

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