TITLE: Gyrfalcon (Taking Shield Book 1)
AUTHOR: Anna Butler
SERIES: Taking Shield
COVER ARTIST: Adrian Nicholls
LENGTH: 334 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2016
PRICE: $Free – e-book/ $12.50 – paperback
Earth’s last known colony, Albion, is fighting an alien enemy. In the first of the Taking Shield series, Shield Captain Bennet is dropped behind the lines to steal priceless intelligence. A dangerous job, and Bennet doesn’t need the distractions of changing relationships with his long-term partner, Joss, or with his father-and with Flynn, the new lover who will turn his world upside-down. He expects to risk his life. He expects the data will alter the course of the war. What he doesn’t expect is that it will change his life or that Flynn will be impossible to forget.
Book one in the Taking Shield series is a very slow burn romance with a cliffhanger. This is an action-packed science-fiction that takes place in space. The last known earth colony is in a war with an unknown alien race. All the Albions know is that the aliens use drones to fight and they seem to have an endless supply. A team of highly trained special ops have been given the task of infiltrating the aliens bases and blowing them up. They have a reputation, and throughout the book you’ll find that it’s definitely warranted.
Shield Captain Bennet has been tasked with a mission that he hopes will forever change the outcome of the war against the alien race hellbent on annihilating the last of the human race. What he wasn’t expecting was to be sent to his estranged father’s ship and having to work with the man to complete the mission. The men in Bennet’s life are difficult, to say the least. Bennet’s longtime boyfriend would rather he stay on their planet and pursue academia than fight in Shield. His father doesn’t approve of his choices either, being a gay man and a Shield agent. The guy can’t catch a break. Until he meets the arrogant and somewhat charming fleet pilot Flynn.
Flynn plays by his own rules and never worries over the consequences. He’s currently in a tumultuous relationship with his former lover and fellow pilot. Everyone on the ship is talking about the infamous Shield agent joining them for what they don’t know, and few will find out. Of course when Flynn has the opportunity to make a first impression, he sasses off at the Captain. Something big is fixing to go down, and Bennet needs the fleet but especially Flynn, and it’s life or death. Will the cocky pilot be the man and pilot Bennet needs and knows Flynn can be?
Definitely a slow burn. It was a fun read, and I really enjoyed it. The action was intense and very well written and thought out. I liked that it had real family and relationship issues. It wasn’t cookie cutter by any stretch of the imagination. I was anxious for some parts to get moving so I could find out what happened next. The book ended in a frustrating yet perfect place. It definitely had some real-world drama that I found refreshing. I recommend the read.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Review edited by : Laura McNellis