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Farscape meets The Great British Bake Off in this fantastic space opera You Sexy Thing from former SFWA president Cat Rambo.  

Just when they thought they were out....  

TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that’s just how Niko Larson, former admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance.  

But, some wars can’t ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren’t content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.

©2021 Cat Rambo (P)2021 Recorded Books

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A wild ride!

You Sexy Thing is a brilliant new novel by Cat Rambo. The Nebula Award-winning author brings us a delightful space opera for food lovers, featuring a spaceship with a mind of its own and a crew of retired soldiers. As the book’s cover says, there is “no peace for old soldiers,” though they certainly search for it.

Nicolette Larsen retired from the Holy Hive Mind with the remnants of her multi-species military unit to a station at the far edge of the universe and invested their retirement funds into a restaurant named The Last Chance. While the restaurant had not been Nico’s idea, it had been a brilliant plan to escape the Holy Hive Mind while they could, and they had a talent for it. A food critic was coming to consider The Last Chance for a coveted Nikkelin Orb, which could only increase their profits.

Disaster during the critic’s dinner, however, meant fleeing the station with their restaurant guests. Nico and her crew take refuge in a sentient ship named You Sexy Thing, along with the mysterious food critic and another, more troublesome guest. The ship welcomes them warmly, but later informs them it is taking them to a prison planet and turning them over for attempting to steal it. Chaos ensues… with food.

Billed as Farscape meets The Great British Bakeoff, You Sexy Thing is a wild ride filled with twists and turns.

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Solid but meandering story

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Honestly, it felt more like the first book in a series....and if this is a standalone book I'm going to be really, really annoyed. The plot kind of meandered, in that through most of the story the protagonist (and her crew) really do not seem in control of what is happening to them, they're just trying to react the best they can. I guess the annoying part was that Rambo really did an excellent job developing the characters and making them seem very competent, but then they're thrown into situations where everything is out of their control, so they cannot utilize their competency to really take control of their situation.

Leheny did an excellent job with the narration. She just disappeared behind the narration and voices and characters and the story was forefront - which is the mark of an excellent narrator, in my mind. Definitely wouldn't hesitate to listen to another story she narrates.

I don't know - I still enjoyed the book, but Rambo laid down so many elements and hints at the future, that I really, really want to see what happens next with this crew. That said, this felt like the lead up to a really fascinating series of events or adventures....which Rambo hints are in the future. So, please, please, continue this story!

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