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The Shimmering (Rystani Warrior #5) by Susan Kearney

Release Date-May 10th 2017
Publisher-Bell Bridge Books
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-98 pages

When skeptic journalist Sandra Lowell interviews a doctor who claims to have mastered astral projection, she volunteers to prove the doctor wrong. Mysteriously, the doctor’s new-fangled machine works, and Sandra’s mind is transported into the body of an about-to-be married, and hysterical, woman in another land.

Daveck, head warrior of West Farii, needs to recover the Zorash—an ancient totem that protects his planet. Stolen by his fiancée’s father, Maglek, the totem’s loss has meant twenty years of dangerous climatic upheaval, which threatens to destroy his world. Daveck will stop at nothing to find the totem, including marrying and forcing Maglek’s daughter to reveal the totem’s location. Little does Daveck know that the woman is no longer Maglek’s panicky daughter, but the strong and intelligent Sandra.

In order to save his planet, Sandra and Daveck must team up, all while fighting their combustible chemistry. Can Daveck learn to trust the daughter of his enemy? To accept that she’s not the woman he sees? Can Sandra find a way to keep the love she’s found? Or will their world and love be lost to Maglek’s evil plan?

Susan Kearney, a native of New Jersey, writes full time and has sold books to the industries’ top publishing houses — Grand Central, Tor, Simon & Schuster, Harlequin, Bell Bridge Books, Berkley, Leisure, Red Sage, and Kensington. As an award winning author, Kearney earned a Business Degree from the University of Michigan. Kearney’s knowledge and experience spans throughout the romance genre, and her fifty plus books include contemporary, romantic suspense, historical, futuristic, science fiction, and paranormal novels. She resides in a suburb of Tampa—with her husband, kids, and Boston terrier. Currently she’s plotting her way through her 54th work of fiction

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The shimmering By Susan Kearney was a sci-fi romance that was very reminiscent of the stories I have read in my younger days and I was such a sucker for these, So this book had me feeling rather nostalgic, wanting to experience this all over again.
This was my main reason for wanting to read this novel and I have to admit I was also looking for something light, fluffy and just easy to read, a bit of romantic instalove to warm the old heart, sigh.
And The Shimmering does all that, you get exactly what it says on the tin.
This was an ok read, not amazing, but it passed a few hours and was enjoyable in an easy non-brain taxing way.
Basically, you have our intrepid heroine journalist Sandra Lowell testing out an astral projecting machine for a story.
This device manages to, with a little help from an ancient Totem the Zorash, to send Sandra across the universe and into the body of a woman about to be married to Daveck. Daveck is intent on marrying his enemies daughter to force her to reveal the location of the same object that has helped propel Sandra here to his planet from across the stars.
So what worked for me and what didn’t.
well, I felt that the storyline here is so imaginative that much more could have been done to expand on this, I would have liked to see this more of this new world, to explore and meet its alien people properly.
Sandra also seemed a lot more fleshed out than Daveck, who I really struggled to get a fully dimensional picture of and to connect with, also I’m all for instalove but I felt that Sandra after lamenting all through earlier chapters why she didn’t have a man and how important her career was gave up that job unbelievably fast.
Now that is out of the way, why should you read The Shimmering?
Well, This is a charming uncomplicated tale of instalove across the stars, it’s very imaginative and though it’s a simple angst-free story it does kind of give you a warm nostalgic glow, This wasn’t quite a three for me but a two seemed too low so I’ve rated this 2 1/2 on the Goodreads rating I would have rated it slightly higher if I was able to connect more with the book’s characters, for me this was an ok read that pleasantly passed the time.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free readers copy of the Shimmering. This is my own unbiased opinion.
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