Oops, Caught by Alli Reshi (Expanding Horizons #1) 4*
Mark Noland can’t figure out how he got into such a fix. How does an ex-mercenary (okay, an almost-reformed mercenary) get himself caught, stuck in a holding cell, on a hostile alien planet? Held captive by strange bug-like creatures who’d just as soon eat him as look at him. How can a simple mission go so awry? To make matters worse, Noland’s not alone. His fellow prisoner, a certain high-ranking, elite Stella officer holds him responsible for their failed plan. Yeah, it was supposed to be a quick in and quick out sort of mission. But no… Officer Gavnson just can’t let it go.
It’s not so easy trying to plan an escape when Noland keeps getting distracted by how his mission partner so very nicely fills out his uniform. And he suspects Gavnson is hiding something, too. As tensions run high, secrets are revealed that will change the both of them. There’s nothing like gunfights and running for your life to make that special bond.
My Review: So I was given this free book by IndiGo for reviewing. I would have bought it for myself, if I hadn't already agreed to review it, as it had an excellent blurb that really intrigued me. I was delighted to find that my expectations were thouroughly met and it was indeed an interesting read. For such a short story it packed in a lot of details for it's world building, whilst still giving the reader an exciting science fiction adventure and a nice bit of man on man loving all rounded off with a touch of humour in the character of Mark. I am now going to be keeping my eyes on Ninestar Press for book two in the Expanding Horizons series.