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5+ stars for Claws and Effect: The Otherworldly Pets by @paulinebjones #spaceopera #scifiromance

Title: Claws & Effect: The Otherworldly Pets of Project Enterprise

Author: Pauline Baird Jones

Genre: Romantic scifi, space opera, action adventure, science fiction romance

Book Blurb:

Love Space opera? Romance? Adventure? Out of this world pets? Grab Claws & Effect today!

What’s in the collection?

In Time Trap, Sergeant Briggs’s world collides with the very unusual Madison and her pet parrot. With a Time Service Interdiction Force on their heels, can the three craft a plan that will save a base full of geniuses and technology and get them the happy ending they deserve?

Operation Ark’s Caro, her caticorn, and Kraye are tasked with returning some unusual aliens to their home planets. Together they must face a dangerous journey, a lethal enemy with a score to settle, their unexpected desire, and an uncertain future if they make it out alive.

Cyborg’s Revenge asks the question, can the shy guy and the lovesick gal defeat their greatest enemy and find a happy ending? Only the chatty Snake knows for sure.

General’s Holiday brings us a lady with a crazy story and a frog for a side-kick. And then there is the general who has been waiting for his Picard moment for a long time. Be careful what you ask for! But…if he can survive he might just get to kiss the lady.

And in the bonus short story, “The Real Dragon,” Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed.

Dive into four Project Enterprise stories and one quirky Earth-based romp! All five originally appeared in the ®Pets in Space anthologies.

My Review:

Blending science fiction romance, space opera, and outer space pets, this anthology is out-of-this-world fun. Time Trap features an unusual couple with a parrot and their mission is to save an integral base from destruction. Operation’s Ark is a space version of Noah’s ark where a lethal enemy is out to destroy them all, including a bunch of animal species. Cyborg’s Revenge pairs a shy hero, an infatuated woman, and a talkative snake together to bring down a fearsome enemy. General’s Holiday (my favorite) features a general who must use all his negotiating skills to achieve the ending Naxe and the others crave. Finally, The Real Dragon stars a woman having a very bad day that turns worse when she’s responsible for destroying a chunk of Texas. And that’s not even the most awkward part… Five stories filled with space adventure, romance, and pets!

Claws & Effect is a brilliant set of science fiction romance/space opera romantic stories from start to finish. Falling in love while space traveling is never easy and there are plenty of obstacles for each couple plus a pet or two to overcome. The descriptive narration is so clear, that my imagination went wild. The characters are easy to connect with, especially the pets. The world-building is so engrossing, that you’ll be hooked on each story. The romance is secondary to the science fiction/space opera main storyline but beautifully written. Pauline Baird Jones is a gifted author and has penned this collection with the sci-fi fan in mind. Plenty of action and intrigue, not to mention witty dialogue, makes this set of stories an unputdownable gem. If you’re looking for a space adventure with a little romance thrown in, pick this anthology up today. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

Award-winning, USA Today Bestselling author, Pauline never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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