Rogue Pursuit (Shades of Starlight; #1) by B.L. Dean

“As a life-longer fan of the science fiction genre, Rogue Pursuit nestles in nicely with my Star Wars and Dune books, but sparking with a modern vibrancy.”

Review by Erin Phillips

A smuggler, a spy, a brewing revolution…and a rogue agent who could destroy it all. Perrin Hightower can fly a run-down freighter through the galaxy’s most dangerous wormholes blindfolded, a handy skill in her shipping business…and her smuggling enterprises. Special agent Tai Lawson dreams of leading the Ruby Confederation’s spy agency. But when his partner steals a top-secret list of revolutionaries and vanishes, Tai’s accused of helping his friend escape. When Tai seeks her navigation expertise, Perrin would rather jump out an airlock than help. But the missing person is her ex-boyfriend—a double agent she thought was helping the revolution. Her name’s on that list, and she’ll do anything to keep it secret. Hiding their true agendas, Tai and Perrin follow the rogue spy’s trail across the galaxy. Each must decide where their allegiance truly lies when they learn the spy carries more than a list of conspirators—he carries information that could shatter the fragile peace in the galaxy.

Release Date: 3/17/2023

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 354

Rogue Pursuit was an amazingly fun ride and had me on the edge of my seat, smiling and gasping at every turn! As a life-longer fan of the science fiction genre, Rogue Pursuit nestles in nicely with my Star Wars and Dune books, but sparking with a modern vibrancy. It felt cozy and familiar in all the right ways, but Becky Dean’s excellent storytelling and characters make this the perfect intro to the genre for new sci-fi readers.

“If I’m not back in two hours, leave without me. Or avenge my death.”
“With the passion of a thousand hungry flamecats.”
“You’re such a good friend,” Perrin said. “Even if your planet does have strange sayings.”

Filled with humor and hijinks, Rogue Pursuit pairs two unlikely partners–a smuggler and a government agent–in a chase across the galaxy, following the trail of betrayal and seeking answers. There are so many colorful characters we meet along the way and wonderful worlds that are explored, at times feeling like a travel adventure rom-com and at others feeling like an action-spy heist.

“The best lies were concealed behind volunteered partial truths.”

There is not only action and mystery, but the best witty banter and flirting you’ll find anywhere in the universe! Becky Dean brings her signature homerun romance to this wormhole manhunt, weaving two unlikely allies together as they overcome danger and half-truths, learn to trust and discover the joy of meeting you match, of truly being seen and appreciated for who you are.

Plus, the ending had me REELING! It was perfect in every way, giving me the kind of closure I didn’t even know I was looking for and offering heartfelt encouragements that reach beyond the characters and out of the pages. And it definitely left me wanting more! More of Tai and Perrin, more of the conspiracies and action, more of the worlds beyond, and more amazing adventures across the stars.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content Ratings:

Action & Gore:

Rating: 2 out of 10.
2. Very mild action (mentions of common injuries without gruesome details).

Romance & Spice:

Rating: 2 out of 10.
2. Mild content (holding hands and mild kissing).

Cursing & Vulgarity:

Rating: 1 out of 10.
1. Infrequent substitute cursing (less than 10 "craps" etc. and/or book-specific curse words.)

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