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About Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik

Bianca von Hasenberg did her duty for High House von Hasenberg and ended up trapped in a terrible marriage. When her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her a happy widow, she vows never to marry again. Instead, she uses her connections to save other young women. Information is power and Bianca has a network that would be the envy of the ’verse—if anyone knew about it.

After an attack, Bianca’s oldest brother, the House von Hasenberg heir, disappears from Earth without a trace. Determined to find him, Bianca leaves against orders. When she refuses to return, her father sends Ian Bishop, the director of House von Hasenberg security, to haul her home like a recalcitrant child.

Bianca leads Ian on a merry chase across the universe, but when their paths finally collide, she persuades him that they would be far more successful at finding her brother if they worked together. She will do anything to save her sibling, even if it means spending time alone on a small ship with the handsome, infuriating man who once broke her heart.

As clues lead them deep into rival House Rockhurst territory, Bianca must decide if she can trust Ian with the one piece of information that could destroy her completely. . .

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Review of Aurora Blazing

Aurora Blazing is a Regency romance/suspense story with futuristic setting. With the segmented society, a gossiping upper crust and abuse of the masses, it reminds me of one or two (or more) of the Regency romances I have read. Oh, that is not a criticism. It is an invitation to historical romance readers.

I picked up Aurora Blazing because I wanted to see where the story line went after Polaris Rising (review here). It did not go far. Rather, it relates the story of Bianca, rich, somewhat spoiled but toughened, and her adventures that lead to romance with a man she seems to detest. Not exactly enemies to lovers. More like adversaries to lovers.

I was hoping to read more of the development of the political atmosphere. Not much happened there, despite the kidnapping of an heir to one of the great houses. War still looms, just like at the end of Polaris Rising. So, what that tells you is that the story is largely character driven, with a minimum of outside interference.

As a character, Princess Bianca is not that much different from her sister Ada (from Polaris Rising). Bianca’s past may be a bit more dreadful (refer to the aforementioned toughening) but both are privileged, commanding, and very, very technologically proficient. Hence the overall tone of the story was very similar to book 1. Is that good or bad? I was looking for something different, so I was disappointed.

Like book one, the title, Aurora Blazing, refers to the ship the heroine travels in. However, unlike book 1, where the Polaris was a prototype, game-changing, technological wonder, the ship Aurora has very little to do with the plot.

Still, Ms. Mihalik tells a riveting story. Both Ian and Bianca have secrets. They are much more than they appear to be. For more than half of the story, they work under the illusion that they have the other figured out. Hmmph. There will be clash of egos, opinions and maybe even heads. Clashes are good though, because without them, Bianca and Ian would still be under the misconception that know each other. It is only when the illusions are shattered that they can truly become a team. And a couple. You know, for the happily ever after. 😊

Through Edelweiss, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Want to get caught up on this series?  As of the writing of this post, Polaris Rising e-book is on sale for $1.99.

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