Edge of Nowhere by Felicia Davin
Series: Nowhere #1
Published: July 31, 2018 by Etymon Press
Genre: LGBTQ+ Science Fiction Romance
Kit Jackson has two talents in life. He can navigate the void known as the Nowhere to teleport himself across long distances and he can keep his mouth shut. These talents have earned him a reputation as a discreet, reliable Nowhere runner—he’ll smuggle anything for the right price—and that’s how Kit likes it. Morals don’t earn money, and neither do friends. When the private research firm Quint Services makes Kit an astounding offer for a mystery delivery, he says yes.
The parcel turns out to be an unconscious man, and even for Kit, that raises questions. When something monstrous attacks them in the Nowhere and throws them into an unknown wilderness, Kit and this stranger, a man named Emil, have to rely on each other. Kit just wants to make his delivery and get paid, but he finds himself increasingly entangled in Quint Services’ dangerous research—and his own attraction to Emil.
Emil Singh left his career in the Orbit Guard to work at Quint Services Facility 17, a base hidden in an asteroid, to prepare a team to cross the Nowhere into other worlds. It’s the chance of a lifetime and he can’t wait to explore the universe. But then Emil witnesses a terrible accident in a Facility 17 lab and gets sent to Earth for questioning. Something isn’t right, but before Emil can investigate, he and the Nowhere runner hired to transport him are knocked off course. Is the monster that attacks them a creation of Quint Services? What else is the corporation hiding? He has to get back to Facility 17 to protect his team and he needs Kit’s help. Can he trust the cynical young smuggler?
From the moment I read the blurb for Edge of Nowhere I was excited and what was supposed to be a few chapters of reading turned into finishing this book in one sitting. Felicia Davin’s writing and storytelling flows quickly and I was sucked into the mystery, the world, and the characters from the very beginning. I’m a huge fan of science fiction romance and Edge of Nowhere is one that certainly stands out from the rest. This is such an interesting world that’s been created and I hope to find out more in future books. Though a lot is covered about the Nowhere and the work being done at Facility 17 I did want a bit more about the world overall. What is shared is weaved into the story nicely so that I never felt like I was getting an info-dump and though I wanted more there was still plenty to understand the world and how it worked.
“Emil knew better than to want Kit. But not only could he not stop wanting, he also kept finding himself in situations that stretched the limits of his self-control.”
The characters really set the tone for the overall story and I was so happy to see so much queer representation shown and in such a normal way. When authors write science fiction they are presenting a futuristic world and when diverse characters are left out it’s like saying they don’t exist in the future. That’s not a problem in this book and it’s filled with all the diversity one would expect to see in a future world. Both heroes were great but Kit was definitely my favorite. He has a strong wall around his heart but his actions speak louder than his unspoken words. After an orphaned upbringing Kit is used to keeping people at a distance but even he can’t stand by when he figures out what’s really going on at Facility 17. He might be a smuggler who works with criminals but there’s a core of honor inside Kit that he tries to hide but it slowly emerges as the book goes on.
Emil is the quintessential protector always thinking about others and concerned with his team. This makes him a great leader but also means he’s very focused on duty. From the beginning Emil is taking care of Kit but in a way that’s sincere and caring instead of patronizing. Though Emil and Kit are quite different they fall in love pretty quickly and though circumstances can advance feelings, for their sake, I wish they had more opportunities to just be together. The romance may be fast but I felt like Kit and Emil really came to understand each other by the end of the book and they truly find comfort in each other. I can’t wait for more books in this series!
**Reader Safety: Kidnapping and starvation of secondary characters (on page)
4 stars – it was enjoyable
ARC provided by the author for honest review
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