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Barbara A. Watts
4.0 out of 5 starsMitzi & Jax
Reviewed in Canada on November 30, 2018
The first book in the Shalhiari Space Chronicles series and I want to read the next book. This is Jax, captain of the Talzor starship and Mitzi a professional matchmaker's story. I received a copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I found myself smiling at some of the things that happen. A well-written story.
At one time, the Selig Finding-a-Soul-Mate-Match Services used to be the top matchmaking agency around, but Mitzi Selig’s upcoming schedule showed only 3 appointments for the entire week! Maybe she needed to forget the face-to-face approach and think about using the internet for her business? As she discussed it with Connie, her friend who joined her for a power walk, they heard a breaking news story. The previous day, the International Space Station had been struck and severely damaged by debris where rescue was supposedly impossible. Now they updated the story to report the crew had been rescued and was returning home – the how and when part of the story, however, was classified.
Captain Jax, from Planet Talzor, was a warrior who came to Earth to find women for 6 warriors, and perhaps for himself – although he was not impressed by the soft, weak, and fragile Earth females. In the last century, his planet’s own women had somehow become unable to have children and they had not discovered the reason yet. He was ordered to work through the Earth’s best spiritual matchmaker to find the right soul mates for the men. He was also told to use this trip as leisure time to avoid a fierce Kreelnoid bounty hunter, Druk, who was hunting him. Since Jax had saved the Space Station, the Earth military was happy to help out.
As Mitzi left the coffee shop where she had met with a client, two men in black grabbed her and put her in an SUV, reporting to someone that they had her! She felt the sting of a needle and everything went black around her. She awoke in a room, no phone or internet service, and dressed in a nightshirt! A woman’s voice told her this was a matter of national security, but she found that hard to believe. Regardless, she was physically threatened when she refused to work with the aliens so she reluctantly agreed to help them. She only needed to find 6 soul mates – Captain Jax had decided not to be part of the matchmaking group. He was a warrior. To die in battle was honorable; to die of a broken heart was not acceptable.
Jax was extremely attractive and Mitzi asked him if that was his “real” appearance. She told him she had expected him to be gray or green and he calmly said was describing the reptilians but he was a humanoid Talzorian. He took her on board the landed spaceship and she met Tal-900, a very advanced AI that looked like a blue human. (He will probably become the reader’s favorite character!) Unfortunately for Jax, something about Mitzi brought forth the empathic ability he inherited from his mother’s Empath line. It affected his behavior somewhat and he wasn’t pleased. When he lay down in his bed that night, he could not get Mitzi’s brown eyes and defiant lips out of his mind until he finally drifted off to sleep.
Director Coleson Tate, the one responsible for threatening and manhandling Mitzi, ordered her into a debriefing when she returned from the ship. He wanted her to wear a watch which recorded a video of everything around her – she refused. She would not compromise the trust of her clients, even alien ones. So instead, he commanded her to get Jenkins onto the ship, determined to get a look at the alien technology he might be able to steal or compromise. What would be the fate of this mission? There was apparently far more at stake than finding soul mates for the aliens.
What a crazy fun story – I loved it! Mitzi is such a snarky, funny woman and is absolutely adorable. I am so glad she represented Earth to the grouchy Captain Jax. He most definitely wouldn’t find a weak woman in Mitzi! The story line is straightforward, until the reader sees that the conniving Director is up to something. The mystery and suspense then engages the reader and the pace picks up. This was a really good book and I hope to read many more from this author.
5.0 out of 5 starsFanastic story about a matchmaker meeting her match in an alien War hero
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2019
Mitzi is a matchmaker like her grandmother, but the only match she was not successful at was her own.
The space station was damage, fortunately, an alien spaceship came and repaired it. The captain Jax and his robot name Tal only wanted females for his men to marry. They even toss in a cold fusion device to save Earth from destroying their environment by using fossil fuel. They enlisted the services of a matchmaker to find the man their soulmate.
Jax make the matchmaker, he took only one look into her eyes to make his empath gift active. He kept fighting his attraction to Mitzi and vice versa. On top of this, he has a bounty hunter on his trail. Will they ever get together?
Characters of Jax and Mitzi are in conflict about their emotions and attractions to each other, stubborn in wanting their own way, and funny at some of the misconception about each other's culture makes this fascinating reading. Also the misconception that Tel and Jax have for English slang is hilarious.
Highly recommend this book and I'm interested if there's another one in the series.
2.0 out of 5 starsNot horrible is the best I can say
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2018
So the writing isn’t bad but....the heroine is a match maker of some mystic kind but she can’t match make out of a, well out of something. The writing has the military giving her a list a women willing to move off planet and she is supposed to find soul mates for aliens from a short list of like 10 people. Really. Ridiculous. And the hero. Started off thinking I might like him but he’s a man whore who thinks it’s ok to make woman do what he wants. I don’t mean sexually although frankly I didn’t read enough to find out. His attitude sucked. Not romance. Not love and caring. Not soul mates despite selling the story as such. Bottom line, the author has talent but she built no empathy for the reader to the characters.