I spend so many hours playing that I dream about dangerous missions on other worlds…and my gorgeous, in-game training partner, Kassius. That is, until I win. I beat the Starfighter Training Academy.
But is it a game? Or alien software designed to recruit new, unsuspecting soldiers for a war in another star system? Because when my hot as heck alien shows up at my workplace demanding I leave Earth and travel to the Vega system? What? When he informs me it’s my duty to fight Queen Raya and the Dark Fleet? Claims he wants me as much as I’ve craved him? Let’s just say things get crazy.
Facing the truth is never easy, but when I arrive at the Elite Starfighter base I learn that Kassius cheated the system, hacked into the game, and lied to everyone on two worlds to make me his.
Now who’s obsessed?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Exciting and Really Good!
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021
I thought that this book rocked! I love them premise behind this series and while I enjoyed book one, I did have some pet peeves with it. I'm very happy to report that this was not a problem with this book. The storyline here grabbed and kept my attention and the characters likable. Mia and Kassius shared a powerful attraction and had intense chemistry. Let me just say that the sparks the be a-flying around these two! The book itself offers a gripping blend of romance, emotion, excitement, drama and action that will have you eager to steal every spare moment you can to read "just a bit more". This series does have an overarching storyline, so I recommend reading these books in order. This is my frank, freely posted review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from the first
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2021
I like the direction this story took. Kass is kind of a bad boy and I love it. He lives just on the edge like Mia but his cockyness gives him away. And Mia is the perfect character to fight for a just cause. Together they are scorching hot. I also like all the detective work happening. The author managed to make it exciting mixing it with all the action. If you think this book will be like the first, you would be mistaken and pleasantly surprised.
Starfighter Training Academy. It was just a game. The newest, hottest video game release of the year. Choose a role. Build the perfect hero who joins you on missions to save the Vega star system from the evil Queen Raya and her merciless Dark Fleet.
Play for hours? Check. Obsess over the in-game romance between your avatar and the sexiest alien you’ve ever seen? Check. Win? Beat the heck out of the game? Check and check.
Open your door at 3:00 in the morning to find that smoking hot alien you thought you made up in your head standing there? Um… okay.
Wake up on the other side of the galaxy with that same alien insisting you’re his… and that you haven’t been playing a video game, but completed the training program to become the first Starfighter from Earth?
Florida Book Addict 5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Book by Grace Goodwin Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2021 Verified Purchase ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ever since I read the first chapter of this book in a teaser email from the author, I have been counting the days until I could finally read the whole story. The waiting was excruciating, but the book was totally worth the wait! 🥰 Grace Goodwin is one of my favorite authors, and I automatically order her books as soon as they become available. As much as I love the Interstellar Brides series by Grace Goodwin, this new series is just as amazing. I really love the way the strong and sassy female characters are treated with the kind of respect that all women should get to experience in their lives. The main female character, Jamie, may start the story as a shy, introverted nerd playing a cool new video game, but she experiences the kind of great personal growth that can only come from having a supportive partner, successful efforts and finding their true purpose in life. While the main male character, Alexius (Alex), does not experience as much personal growth, he is still a compelling part of the story. The chemistry between the two main characters is explosive. Both characters are complex and multi faceted and you can’t help but root for a happy ending for this couple. With this new series, we are introduced to a whole new universe that is detailed and unique. The story is fast paced, full of humor, action, drama and fun sexy scenes. I just can’t say enough good things about this book. Each book of this series is a standalone story, and will center on one couple and their contribution to the overall storyline. Be prepared to read this book in one sitting! You will get so caught up in the story that you won’t want to put it down until the end of the book - and you will be ready for the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sydney M Neblett 5.0 out of 5 stars Time to level up Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2021 Verified Purchase What a fantastic story! There is just enough reality that I was immediately enthralled in the outcome. The author really put me through the wringer with each new turn of the page, especially there at the end. I knew what was going on and yet my heart still skipped a beat. Jamie is the perfect gamer to become the first starfighter, she’s sassy and committed and not afraid to take risks. Alex is her perfect partner, he is dedicated and invested in her success, not to mention he is a gorgeous alpha male. I love the characters and can’t wait to see what happens with Jamie’s friends. They sound like they are every bit as sassy and gung ho as she is. Now it’s time for the real question, where can I get a copy of that game for myself?
Bookworm555 4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 4 maybe 4.5 stars Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2021 Verified Purchase As another reviewer stated - I am go to date myself, as I saw the movie when it came out (The Last Starfighter - loved it)
To be honest - I found the first half of the book really hard to get into (probably because I had already seen it in the movie). I picked it up and put it down several times and read another book before I finally just buckled down and kept reading until the story grabbed my attention ~50% mark. Others who have not seen the movie with love all of the detail that Grace put into the story.
I just wanted to get to the action. Once Jamie was in her ship, the story the story shifted to light speed. The characters are great (and I really want Alex's buddies to get stories). The way that Jamie embraces becoming a Starfighter shows that she is so much more than a delivery driver. Alex is a hottie but this story is about Jamie.
I cannot wait until we meet Lily and Mia. I can really envision an English Rose in a Gundam suit playing Wreck it Ralph!
Grab it and enjoy (from a gamer and a sci-fi addict)
Sue Me 5.0 out of 5 stars For me this is the best of the alien romances of the year!! Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021 Verified Purchase I've always loved Grace Goodwin's stories and have read them all. The Interstellar Bride Series is an auto buy for me. I am still waiting anxiously for Warden Egara to get her mates (Soon, Please!). On to this new series: Jaime Miller of Baltimore, Md. is an introvert. She works as a delivery person, dropping off packages all day long, rarely seeing anyone. When she gets home, she gets to let out her alter ego, a Starfighter pilot of a super fast and deadly space craft. Starfighter Training Academy is the hottest new multiplayer game on the world market.
In the online chat room she pairs up with two new friends. Lily from England and Mia from Germany. Together they spend many months going through the game's many levels and challenges. They each created avatars for themselves and one to join them, each picking out traits from a provided list and created their personal ideal man. The only thing they could not pick out was the name of their dream man. Jaime's is called Alexius, or Alex of Valerion. He is everything she could dream of in a man: tall, dark, handsome, muscular, intelligent, Alpha, teasing or dominating on occasion. Mia created Kassius while Lily has her Darius. They are all more than a little in love with their avatars.
They are all provided with initial verbal responses both for themselves and the avatars. Toward the end of the game, they have added many more words and phrases. The trio and their avatars each have different responsibilities to successfully complete each level of the game, earning points as they progress. Jaime is only one game away from winning.
The girls have mixed emotions about that. They want Jaime to win, but the loss of each other and more importantly the loss of their male avatars is painful.
They go for the win. They work together and Jaime shines and wins the final game. The screen shows her receiving the Starfighter crest from her co-pilot (Alex) and he asked her to become his life-long partner, both in their Starfighter and their personal lives. Of course Jaime accepts. The official pronounces that the bonding is recorded in the Hall of Records.
Jamie knows that she plans to play this game again and again, each time choosing to be a Starfighter pilot, and hopefully getting Alexius as her co-pilot.
She says goodnight to Mia and Lily and then cleans up her small living room and heads to bed.
Around three in the morning Jaime is awoken by loud knocking at her door. When she opens the door it is to see Alex standing there. He has to do some persuasive talking to get Jaime to agree to come with him.
Thus, begins a fast paced action-filled love story that will keep you up too late flipping pages until you reach the HEA.
Can't wait for the next book in the series! A well deserved FIVE STAR rating from me! Loved every minute of reading! I purchased this book and received an ARC from Booksprout.