Thursday, September 3, 2020

ARC Review: Second Chance Angel by Griffin Barber & Kacey Ezell

Second Chance Angel

Author: Griffin Barber & Kacey Ezell
Series: Last Stop Station (Book 1)
Publication: Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (September 8, 2020)

Description: After a devastating galactic war, disgraced veteran Ralston Muck ekes out a living as a bouncer at Last Stop Station's premier nightclub, A Curtain of Stars. Night after night he listens to the club's star performer, Siren, sing her memories and ease some of his aching loss. But when Siren goes missing, Muck finds himself drawn into a world of dirty cops, drug lords, and conspiracies that trace back to the war itself.

The only person he can trust isn't even human. Angel, Siren's personal AI, was ripped from the singer's mind the night Siren disappeared. With no idea what has happened to her human host, and pursued by a killer virus, Angel flees to Muck for answers.

Together they struggle to comprehend the conspiracy that entangles both their lives. Can Muck and the angel on his shoulder recover Siren before it's too late? Or will he lose everything that matters to him one more time?

My Thoughts: Ralston Muck is eking out a living as a bouncer on a space station. He is a disgraced army vet who has had his AI removed. His only solace is listening to the star singer at the club where he works. Hearing her eases some of his pain as she sings out her own pain.

One night she disappears and her AI Angel somehow manages to leave her brain and find its way to Muck's. This is unheard of and even thought to be impossible. It is also impossible that Angel is starting to feel emotions but it is. 

Angel recruits Muck to help her locate her original host which leads both of them into a galactic conspiracy and all sorts of danger. They deal with the space station's crime lord who is an alien and who sends him to another planet to look into the disappearance and some new drug. But danger follows them there and only a chance encounter with some people from Muck's past let them live through it.

I enjoyed the mystery aspects of this story and learning about the bigger conspiracy. I really liked the relationship that grew between Muck and Angel. I liked the worldbuilding which included interesting aliens, unique technology, and all sorts of secrets.

Favorite Quote:
"Don't worry, sweetheart. I think better on a full stomach."

"I'm not your sweetheart."

"Closest thing I got right now."

"Huh. Sucks to be you, I guess."

That little interplay caused him to grin all the way to the beat-up, greasy sausage booth.

I received this one in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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