Sara's Review: Beyond the Next Star (Love Beyond #1) by Melody Johnson
PUBLISHER: Incendi Press, LLC
RELEASED: June 23, 2020
GENRE: Sci Fi, Romance
LENGTH: 378 page
FORMAT: eBook, Paperback, Hardcover
An intolerable order. A desperate charade. A deadly secret.
Before Commander Torek Renaar can return to active duty, he’s ordered to purchase an animal companion to help relieve his PTSD symptoms. But having been a caretaker for and lost a loved one, keeping even one little human alive is a challenge he feels doomed to fail. It doesn’t help that his animal companion is the newest, most exotic breed on the market, demanding constant attention, daily grooming, and delicate handling. If she doesn’t die first in his incompetent care, she’ll be the death of him.
After witnessing the murder of her domestication specialist, Delaney McCormick allows her new owner to treat her like the pet he believes her to be. If anyone suspects she’s more intelligent than a golden retriever, her murder would be next. She endures the humiliation of being washed, the tediousness of being trained to “sit” and “come,” and the intrigue of hearing private conversations. But in Torek’s care, she finds something unexpected on this antarctic planet, something she never had in all her years on Earth while house-hopping between foster families: a home.
As companionship grows to love, must Delaney continue the charade, acting like an animal and hiding from the murderer waiting on her misstep? Or can she trust Torek with her secrets, even if the truth threatens everything he holds dear—and both their lives?
FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
I voluntarily received an ARC; all thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
This is the first book I have read by Melody Johnson, and I will be reading more from her. The world and character building were intricate and superb. I have read many sci-fi alien romance stories, and this was by far one of the most unique.
Torek has been commanded to get an animal companion to help with his PTSD, so he goes to the pet store and gets the latest greatest pet, a human. Delaney is no pet; however, she watched the last alien who tried to help her get murdered. She is going to play the role of a golden retriever, which is easier said than done.
Especially when her owner is so loving and kind, yet stubborn and in need of more help than any pet can give.
I fell in love with this book.
I can not say enough about the character and world-building; it is on another level. I am rating Beyond the Next Star 5 Boundless stars. I can’t wait to read more in this series.