Review: At Star’s End by Anna Hackett

At Star’s End by Anna Hackett
Series:  Phoenix Adventures (# 1)
Release Date: March 31, 2014
Publisher:  Carina Press
Pages:  137
Source:  book provided by the author for review



Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long-lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star’s End—the last known location of the masterpiece—she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, refuses to back her expedition. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy, a man she finds infuriating, annoying and far too tempting.

Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. With his brothers by his side, he takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like their father. When the gorgeous Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble, but he’s lured into a hunt that turns into a wild and dangerous adventure. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to…but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment?


Review:  They say opposites attract and I guess that even holds true in the future.  I have to say that although I am not normally a fan of anything Sci-Fi/Futuristic, I was pleasantly surprised with Ms. Hackett’s story.  It was written in such a way that for someone like me I found myself drawn into the story looking forward to what was going to happen next.

When you need help in recovering some things that have been missing for a while who do you turn to?  Well, pirates of course.  If they happen to extremely hot that makes it better, right?  Perhaps a little bit more enjoyable when going on the adventure to search for the items missing.  In this case the ‘Mona Lisa’, which is supposed to be on Star’s End.  In the future the pirates to turn to are the Phoenix Brothers.

What makes things more interesting is that said pirates (being that they are pirates) have made enemies over the years so that just adds so much more to the storyline.

Dr. Eos Rai enlists the help of the Phoenix Brothers finding that things aren’t always that simple.  Finding that she is very attracted to one Phoenix brother in general, Dathan, drawn to his carefree, don’t follow the rules attitude.  Dathan is also attracted to the straight laced Dr. Rai.  Both have pasts with skeletons that have made them guard their hearts.  But, once that guard is let down…well, then maybe they will find romance and happiness with each other.

I was entertained with this fast paced, fun, light read; which blended romance and treasure hunting in the future in such a way that it wasn’t written over my head.  I was able to follow the story in which I was grabbed looking forward to seeing what happens.

Thank-you Ms. Hackett for writing a simplistic futuristic story that was fun and so very entertaining.  I would recommend this to anyone scared of those Sci-Fi/Futuristic stories.  A good story to get your feet wet with.