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When a simple mission goes wrong, intergalactic space captain Jessa Arbelle nearly goes down with her ship. Her escape pod lands on Indemnion, a planet known for its raw, raucous societies, and Jessa’s top priority is keeping the few survivors with her safe while finding a way back home. That’s when she meets mysterious scrounger Kylin Enderson, a useful and attractive When a simple mission goes wrong, intergalactic space captain Jessa Arbelle nearly goes down with her ship. Her escape pod lands on Indemnion, a planet known for its raw, raucous societies, and Jessa’s top priority is keeping the few survivors with her safe while finding a way back home. That’s when she meets mysterious scrounger Kylin Enderson, a useful and attractive distraction she can hardly afford with so much at stake. Kylin resents Jessa’s silver spoon attitude, especially since Jessa has no idea what real life is like. Kylin has enough trouble keeping ahead of the creditors she owes for some of her more secretive undertakings, without having to help the beautiful captain who fell from the sky. But Kylin’s always been a sucker for a damsel in distress, and this time is no different, even when the damsel can throw a mean right hook. But when Kylin’s secret comes out, it puts their growing attraction, as well as Jessa’s life, in danger.


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When a simple mission goes wrong, intergalactic space captain Jessa Arbelle nearly goes down with her ship. Her escape pod lands on Indemnion, a planet known for its raw, raucous societies, and Jessa’s top priority is keeping the few survivors with her safe while finding a way back home. That’s when she meets mysterious scrounger Kylin Enderson, a useful and attractive When a simple mission goes wrong, intergalactic space captain Jessa Arbelle nearly goes down with her ship. Her escape pod lands on Indemnion, a planet known for its raw, raucous societies, and Jessa’s top priority is keeping the few survivors with her safe while finding a way back home. That’s when she meets mysterious scrounger Kylin Enderson, a useful and attractive distraction she can hardly afford with so much at stake. Kylin resents Jessa’s silver spoon attitude, especially since Jessa has no idea what real life is like. Kylin has enough trouble keeping ahead of the creditors she owes for some of her more secretive undertakings, without having to help the beautiful captain who fell from the sky. But Kylin’s always been a sucker for a damsel in distress, and this time is no different, even when the damsel can throw a mean right hook. But when Kylin’s secret comes out, it puts their growing attraction, as well as Jessa’s life, in danger.

30 review for Changing Course

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.75 Stars. This was a fun sci-fi romance. I’m a fan of Willows, I have enjoyed all of her books and this was no exception. While she has written urban fantasy, fantasy and post-apocalyptic books before, this was Willows’ first try in sci-fi and I thought she was quite successful. Willows writes in such a variety of genres that while I never know what type of story to expect from her, I do always know I’m going to enjoy it. The story is about a spaceship captain Jessa, who is wealthy and used to 3.75 Stars. This was a fun sci-fi romance. I’m a fan of Willows, I have enjoyed all of her books and this was no exception. While she has written urban fantasy, fantasy and post-apocalyptic books before, this was Willows’ first try in sci-fi and I thought she was quite successful. Willows writes in such a variety of genres that while I never know what type of story to expect from her, I do always know I’m going to enjoy it. The story is about a spaceship captain Jessa, who is wealthy and used to many modern advances. When her ship is hit in space, she has no choice but to crash land on the nearest planet. The planet they crash land on is not known for being the most civilized and she is worried her life is in danger. Kylin, is a scrounger and when she sees smoke from a crash she knows it’s her chance scavenge it for money. What Kylin doesn’t expect is to find a captain that both pushes her buttons and attracts her at the same time. Can Kylin get Jessa to safety on a planet with danger at every turn? I have to say that I was extremely impressed by the world building. It is not easy to think up a whole new planet with many species, but Willows really knocked it out of the park here. And what is even more impressive than her imagination is that she did all this world building without info dumping. Almost any spec-fic book you read has some info dumping, it’s almost impossible to completely avoid it. But it was so well done here that if she did any info dumping, I sure didn’t notice. I know some people worry about reading sci-fi. I’m happy to say a book like this would be good for a sci-fi fan but also for someone newer to the genre. With how smoothly the story flowed, how I felt like I knew all the types of people and how the world worked without me putting in any effort (what I mean is I didn’t have to learn and remember a giant list of names and tech) that I think this story would also work for people who don’t normally read this genre. This story is a big adventure, with lots of excitement and some good feels thrown in too. I do have to say I wasn’t blown away with the romance. It’s not bad by any means but I felt it was about average. I have read some great romantic story arcs by Willows so I was hoping for more chemistry in this book, the romance felt more on the sweeter side. The characters do fit together and it was easy to root for them as a possible couple so I don’t have much to complain about. This is a fun and action packed sci-fi ride that I would recommend. We don’t get a ton of sci-fi book in lesfic so I’m always happy to see a new one. If you are like me and love this genre or are newer to it and want to give a sci-fi book a try, I think this would be a good choice. Willows is a good story teller and I’m always happy to be reading one of her books. An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Comsos dust and prowler balls, this was good. Jessa is the captain of a vacation/transport ship that becomes under duress as we start the book. Astroids have caused significant damage resulting in the need to hop into pods and escape. Unfortunately, her pod also falls victim to the same fate, forcing her and her crew to land on a planet that is known for it's seediness and violence. Kylin has had to do whatever it takes to survive on the plant Indemniom. That means making deals with shady beings Comsos dust and prowler balls, this was good. Jessa is the captain of a vacation/transport ship that becomes under duress as we start the book. Astroids have caused significant damage resulting in the need to hop into pods and escape. Unfortunately, her pod also falls victim to the same fate, forcing her and her crew to land on a planet that is known for it's seediness and violence. Kylin has had to do whatever it takes to survive on the plant Indemniom. That means making deals with shady beings to get what she and her father have needed. She ring fights for money and affirmation. She scrounges for items to resale. Deep down, she has a good heart. She's just a little jaded by life and people who have disappointed her in the past. She notices entries/crashes to Indemniom and decides to take her flyer out in search of anything worth reselling. She ends up saving Jessa from slavers who had similar ideas. I wasn't sure I was going to like this very much. I had originally not requested this ARC because while the author's previous book 'Spinning Tales' had great world building and was well written, it didn't excite me. I chalked it up to being a genre that just wasn't for me. After reading some reviews from respected goodreads friends, I went back and grabbed this one. I'm so pleased to say that this book really captured my interest. It was just as well written as Willow's previous book, but this one had a greater sense of adventure and intrigue. The romance is exactly what a good love story should be like. Two people from very different worlds. Coming together under unusual circumstances. Forced together to survive increasingly dangerous obstacles. Denying growing feelings in order to prevent inevitable heartbreak. Having to make difficult decisions about an uncertain future. I liked the described landscape, walled in cities, different groups of people, the friends they make along the way. The gritty world of Indemniom as an interesting backdrop. I truly felt the danger of roaming the land outside of city walls with the ever present fear of being captured by slavers. And I really got a kick out of the various slang expressions used throughout. Overall, this was an exciting adventure with a satisfying romance. A quick read that kept me turning pages. A story with a lot of heart. I recommend to those who like to read romance, spaceships, adventure, loyalty, repaying debts, caring for ailing loved ones, helping those with less, and unique alien characters. I received an ARC from Bold Stokes Books for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bugs

    Brey Willows' latest outing, "Changing Course," was her first attempt at telling a story in the sci-fi (space) genre. First off, I was intrigued by the title itself because I had an inkling that it may be a thematic and symbolic term to use for various characters and/or objects/places featured in the story. Let's just say that by the end of the book, I was not wrong! In essence, it was about conditioning. Are we capable of changing course amidst all obstacles and impossibilities presented to us? Brey Willows' latest outing, "Changing Course," was her first attempt at telling a story in the sci-fi (space) genre. First off, I was intrigued by the title itself because I had an inkling that it may be a thematic and symbolic term to use for various characters and/or objects/places featured in the story. Let's just say that by the end of the book, I was not wrong! In essence, it was about conditioning. Are we capable of changing course amidst all obstacles and impossibilities presented to us? Social norms vs "there is no fate but what we make." Yup, if you think the quote is familiar, it IS. It's a famous one from one of the classic sci-fi/post-apocalyptic films (for me, at least!), "Terminator: Judgement Day." Reading about Willows' carefully crafted characters from various different socio-economic, cultural backgrounds, main or secondary characters, alike, I immediately thought of the quote because what is social norm, really, but a form of conditioning that the society/TPTB puts on us within the matrix? Does it mean we're fated to live in this realm of predetermined set of rules? Is there no way out? Do we call it fate? Can we change it? And then there was fear of the unknown. Fear is also another form of conditioning...if you think about it. It's a powerful controlling tool to prevent one from deviating from the "norm." Obviously, fear can be defeated but it takes a lot of confidence, strength, and determination to overcome it. Hence, if you look at the world we live in today, there's so much fear and not enough strength, determination and confidence around to neutralise it. So, are we motivated by predestined fate and/or conditioning when it comes to what lies ahead in our future? Or are we inevitably attuned to changes, be it experienced/observed directly or indirectly? Full commentary here... In Bugs' Own Words **I was given, with much thanks and appreciation, an ARC of this book, by the author and BSB, in return for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MJS

    ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I haven’t read anything by Williams before, but picked this up based on reviews, and am glad I did. This a great story, set on an interesting world (seriously, the world building was amazing). I loved both main characters, and several of the secondary characters were also great (Asol was awesome). The main premise is that Jessa is the captain of a travelling ship that is damaged in an asteroid storm. She and her crew are thrown off ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I haven’t read anything by Williams before, but picked this up based on reviews, and am glad I did. This a great story, set on an interesting world (seriously, the world building was amazing). I loved both main characters, and several of the secondary characters were also great (Asol was awesome). The main premise is that Jessa is the captain of a travelling ship that is damaged in an asteroid storm. She and her crew are thrown off course in their escape pod and end up on Indemnion, which is a planet not known for being hospitable. Kylin is a scrounger on the planet who saves Jessa and her crew and then sets out with Jessa to retrieve parts of the ship and see if there were any other survivors. This causes them to go all over the planet and meet a variety of people (loved the different groups they met, they were all fascinating). Along the way the two develop feelings for each other and also form a family unit of sorts with Asol. There’s some bad guys (sorta but not really) and other plots thrown in, so there’s a lot going on, and it kept me interested all the way through, although I saw the ending coming from at least the halfway point and did think everything was wrapped up a bit too nicely. The epilogue was a bit weirdly written, I get that Williams wanted to provide a recap but there’s no way Jessa would not have already known that information, it could have been presented to the reader in a different way, like Jessa telling her mother that stuff instead, but those are small quibbles. The romance her is built nicely and the MCs have great chemistry. Overall, this is an interesting story with strong leads and a sweet romance. There’s not enough lesfic sci-fi, so this is a welcome addition. 4 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joc

    A friend recently said that Lesfic Sci-Fi was nothing more than a romance on a spaceship. Well, not always if this novel is anything to go by, especially seeing as the spaceship crashed. Captain Jessa Arbelle's escape pod is hit resulting in them being diverted from their course and ending up on a planet not known for its friendliness. Kylin, a prize-fighter and scrounger fortunately finds the survivors before the slavers do but getting home is going to be a challenge for Jessa. The A friend recently said that Lesfic Sci-Fi was nothing more than a romance on a spaceship. Well, not always if this novel is anything to go by, especially seeing as the spaceship crashed. Captain Jessa Arbelle's escape pod is hit resulting in them being diverted from their course and ending up on a planet not known for its friendliness. Kylin, a prize-fighter and scrounger fortunately finds the survivors before the slavers do but getting home is going to be a challenge for Jessa. The world-building was interesting and well-imagined with not a Klingon or Ewok to be seen. The adventure and romance development was nicely intertwined with a good balance of each. The characters felt integrated into their environment which made it a good read for me. Book received from Netgalley and Bold Stroke Books for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jude

    Some books I have trouble reviewing and I don’t really know why. Changing Course is one of those, even though I liked it, a lot. So while I usually try and write my review with the story still fresh in my mind, I decided to let this one sit for a few days and see what stayed with me. First of all I have to say how impressed I am with the outstanding world-building in this book. There’s a lot of traveling on the Indemnion planet, and I had no problem imagining what each place was like, and how Some books I have trouble reviewing and I don’t really know why. Changing Course is one of those, even though I liked it, a lot. So while I usually try and write my review with the story still fresh in my mind, I decided to let this one sit for a few days and see what stayed with me. First of all I have to say how impressed I am with the outstanding world-building in this book. There’s a lot of traveling on the Indemnion planet, and I had no problem imagining what each place was like, and how each person the MCs met looked. Jessa Arabelle is an intergalactic space captain, whose ship crashes after a collision with an asteroid. She manages to get everyone into escape pods and jump into the last one with some of her crew only to nosedive onto the very uninviting planet of Indemnion. Very aware of her responsibilities as a captain, she’ll do everything she can to protect her crew until she finds a way to bring them home. Kylin Enderson was born and raised in Indemnion and meets the crash survivors on her way to scavenge the wreck. When Jessa insists she lets her come along in hope of finding others survivors, Kylin can’t say no. Kylin is used to fending for herself, scrounging what she can and enrolling in fights to feed herself and get her sick father the cough medecine he needs. Jessa is a hard worker but comes from a completely different world, where poverty doesn’t exist and emotions are shunned in favor of rational, sensible and pragmatic decisions. Even as she falls for Kylin, she has a hard time understanding what her life is really like. Changing Course is an exciting read, bringing to life a fascinating world, both awfully scary at times and delightfully beautiful too. Yet, as wonderful as the sci-fi aspect of the book is (definitely 5*), I found the romance aspect a bit lacking. I didn’t really get the emotion I was expecting. Hence the 4* rating. Then again, the characters are good, they’re layered and intense, and I loved Asol. I wouldn’t say no to a sequel about her… I received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mildred Digby

    Wow. I had to take a day, step back and let the meaning of this book sink in before I wrote a review. I am a die-hard Trekker since ST:TNG aired and I absolutely loved this book. It took me to another world and turned me upside down before letting me out at the end, somewhat wiser and definitely richer. We follow the twin stories of Jessa and Kylin. Jessa is a luxury space-cruiser captain born into power and privilege as she crash lands on super hot and sexy butch scavenger Kylin’s planet with no Wow. I had to take a day, step back and let the meaning of this book sink in before I wrote a review. I am a die-hard Trekker since ST:TNG aired and I absolutely loved this book. It took me to another world and turned me upside down before letting me out at the end, somewhat wiser and definitely richer. We follow the twin stories of Jessa and Kylin. Jessa is a luxury space-cruiser captain born into power and privilege as she crash lands on super hot and sexy butch scavenger Kylin’s planet with no way off ( oh and spoiler, Kylin does get her off...ahem). Against her better instincts, Kylin helps Jessa find her way back to civilization. Along the way, they encounter both the best and the worst of people, discover themselves and each other and have some smoking hot Sexytimes in the process. The story is written in third-person with the POV switching in alternate chapters. This works well in this story because the two MCs are so intrinsically different that I never mistake whose head I’m in at the moment. The MCs both have a lot of baggage which they respectfully don’t pry out of the other, so we as readers have the advantage of knowing both Jessa and Kylin better than they know each other. The setting and worldbuilding just took my breath away. I was fully immersed into this world from the start. The locations and people who populate this amazing planet are so vivid and real, I felt like I was there, and to be honest, a part of me is still there. Kylin’s home world is not safe or clinical, it is visceral and real, ugly and violent and true. I’ve seen SF tropes where a planet consists of a single race, one culture, one language, but this one is not. If anything, the setting is so real that the romance and characters have no choice but to take a backseat to it. I felt this was mostly Jessa‘s story arc. Of course Kylin also learned and changed, but Jessa went from detached supervisor who never bothered to learn anything about her diverse crew, to a woman who was open to diversity and curious about everyone, also open to not only lust, sexiness and love, but also true friendship. This story doesn’t come without some dark moments. Both Kylin and a secondary character who serves as a stand-in bratty little sister have traumatic pasts. They wear the physical and mental scars, and the violence of their pasts is never “cured” or handily waved away. Ultimately this is a read that will suck you in, chew you up and spit you out whole and leave you grateful for the experience. The worldbuilding is excellent and the plot is fresh and fun, filled with intrigue, action and angst. The story ends perfectly with a very satisfying finish that I was hoping for and that I was so happy to read. TW: slavery, including non-explicit sexual slavery of women, one instance of dub-con. My rating: 4.75 stars I received this ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Brey Willows has done it again! I am amazed every time I read a book of hers. She is so versatile and brilliant at writing in different genres and making them so believable. With Changing Course she has taken the speculative fiction/romance genres and blasted them into outer space, literally. When intergalactic space Captain Jessa Arabelle’s ship is destroyed, she and a few of her crew members barely escape. They land on Indemnion, a planet known for being rather primitive and hostile, both the Brey Willows has done it again! I am amazed every time I read a book of hers. She is so versatile and brilliant at writing in different genres and making them so believable. With Changing Course she has taken the speculative fiction/romance genres and blasted them into outer space, literally. When intergalactic space Captain Jessa Arabelle’s ship is destroyed, she and a few of her crew members barely escape. They land on Indemnion, a planet known for being rather primitive and hostile, both the land and the people who live there. Jessa feels responsible for keeping her remaining crew safe as she tries to find a way home. When she tries to draw a dangerous crowd of scavengers away from her crew, she is helped by Kylin Enderson, a scrounger from the walled district of Quasi. Thus begins a fantastic action and adventure story set in a beautiful but hostile alien world. This is also the beginning of what could be a heart-warming romance between Jessa and Kylin. There is great chemistry between the two, but also a big disparity. Jessa is from a genteel, upper class family. Kylin is a scrounger who picks through trash to feed and house herself and her father. Can two such different people really come together as a couple? Ms. Willows has done an excellent job of world building which is essential for a story like this. The alien world and the different types of people are so vividly drawn that they seem real to the reader. The characters, both main and secondary are very well developed. The story begins with a bang and never lets up. There is constantly some type of action or threat happening to Jessa and Kylin. The reader never has time to become bored, believe me. This is a fantastic novel and is going into my favorites category. It has my highest recommendation. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Anything by Brey Willows is always a stellar read. I never quite know what I'm in for, it's always a surprise to dive into something that's the creation of Willow's imagination, but it's always an incredible experience. When Jessa's passenger ship goes down, her escape pod lands her on Indemnion, a nearly forgotten planet. As Captain of her ship she's determined to go searching for her people who might have landed on Indemnion in their own escape pods, even if it means risking her own life in Anything by Brey Willows is always a stellar read. I never quite know what I'm in for, it's always a surprise to dive into something that's the creation of Willow's imagination, but it's always an incredible experience. When Jessa's passenger ship goes down, her escape pod lands her on Indemnion, a nearly forgotten planet. As Captain of her ship she's determined to go searching for her people who might have landed on Indemnion in their own escape pods, even if it means risking her own life in the process. She's nearly captured when she'd saved by Kylin, a local and a scrounger. Kylin helps her navigate the sometimes rough around the edges planet and the two women grow closer, even as the outside forces tries to tear them apart. The world created in this book was fascinating. Frustrating in some parts and beautiful and awe inspiring in others. The cast of characters from al the various parts of Kylin's planet were all beautiful souls and inspiring to meet. Even with some of the rougher aspects of the story, this book was heartwarming because of the people. The romance wasn't the main focus of the book but it was nicely woven in, very sweet and also very steamy. This book was a wild ride, but it was a wonderful ride for sure. I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam Holzner

    Good world building, good adventure, ok romance (mostly I wasn't feeling it), but I was entertained. In some ways this feels like a coming of age story for Kylin. She's an adult at the start of the story but she grows into more, into someone who allows herself to be more. Jessa grows quite a bit too but her growth is more about connecting with her emotional side and learning about other people and connecting to them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn McBride

    Another hit outta the park! No matter what genre Brey Willows turns her hand to we can count on meeting incredible characters, falling into a mind-blowing world and being swept away by a wonderful story. To say I loved this one is a bit of an understatement. I consumed it. I couldn't put it down and I will read it again. The characters (except for the walk-ons) are all well-drawn and memorable. Even the bad guy. Even the bad guy that was supposed to be the bad guy, but really wasn't. (Read it, Another hit outta the park! No matter what genre Brey Willows turns her hand to we can count on meeting incredible characters, falling into a mind-blowing world and being swept away by a wonderful story. To say I loved this one is a bit of an understatement. I consumed it. I couldn't put it down and I will read it again. The characters (except for the walk-ons) are all well-drawn and memorable. Even the bad guy. Even the bad guy that was supposed to be the bad guy, but really wasn't. (Read it, you'll see what I mean) The landscape was so real I could feel sand and grit and desperation. The ending made perfect sense and was not contrived in any way. It was a great wrap-up. And would you look at that cover! Gorgeous! The romance worked perfectly too! Loved it...loved it...loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kitty McIntosh

    ‘Changing Course’ by Brey Willows is a beautifully crafted sci-fi story with exquisite world-building. Jessa Arabelle, privileged intergalactic spacecraft captain, crash lands on Indemnion, a planet most people would be well advised to avoid. Whilst attempting to save her crew she meets worldly-wise Kylin Enderson, a scrounger whose life couldn’t be more different to her own. The attraction between them is powerful, but how can two women with such different outlooks ever be together? As they ‘Changing Course’ by Brey Willows is a beautifully crafted sci-fi story with exquisite world-building. Jessa Arabelle, privileged intergalactic spacecraft captain, crash lands on Indemnion, a planet most people would be well advised to avoid. Whilst attempting to save her crew she meets worldly-wise Kylin Enderson, a scrounger whose life couldn’t be more different to her own. The attraction between them is powerful, but how can two women with such different outlooks ever be together? As they work together to get to safety they begin to see that there is so much more than what appears on the surface. But will it be enough? Brey Willows sees into people’s emotions, sees what motivates them. She has taken the genre of sci-fi and injected that emotion and love and made us care for the characters. I loved how she took us to different places on Indemnion and let us see the peoples. I was drawn to one of the groups in particular, but won’t spoil it for anyone by elaborating – but I’d be surprised if a lot of readers don’t feel the same. Feelings can be wonderful but she doesn’t shy away from the reality that love can hurt. And sometimes we have to be prepared for that if we’ve ever to find true happiness.The story is about realising that we don’t have to follow a path determined by society. Our destiny doesn’t have to be decided by our birth – sometimes life throws a spanner in the best laid plans . And taking a chance with someone can be the best decision we’ve ever made. In a planet without hope and full of injustices and cruelty, it takes someone who can see past that. See that there’s a different way. The romantic element was touching and the sex was so hot – but it takes something special to blend that with a fantastic story. ‘Changing Course’ does all of that. I loved it. I was given this ARC for review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie Pierce

    Far and away the best world-building I’ve ever read in a romance novel. This book was a delicious blend of sci-fi and romance, but I think it leans romance by the end. Rarely are a world’s problems resolved so smoothly and quickly in a sci-fi novel, but it worked well for this story. I loved the main characters, Jessa and Kylin, but I was also surprised at how well-developed some of the side characters were. Asol was my absolute fav, and I want to read a romance featuring her next! I’d also be Far and away the best world-building I’ve ever read in a romance novel. This book was a delicious blend of sci-fi and romance, but I think it leans romance by the end. Rarely are a world’s problems resolved so smoothly and quickly in a sci-fi novel, but it worked well for this story. I loved the main characters, Jessa and Kylin, but I was also surprised at how well-developed some of the side characters were. Asol was my absolute fav, and I want to read a romance featuring her next! I’d also be really psyched about a prequel featuring Liselle and Sherta. I loved how the characters ended up building their own found family on their journey across the planet. When I think about how much happened in this book, and how many well-defined side characters played a role in the story, I can’t help but be terribly impressed by the author. Now excuse me while I go look up everything else she’s ever written! :) Thank you Bold Strokes Books, for sending me an arc of this book through Netgalley!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Thank you Brey Willows for writing yet another amazing story! This one tells the story of Jessa, a spaceship captain who has crash landed with some of her crew members on the planet Indemnion, a place most people try to avoid. There, Kylin, a local scrounger, rescues them from prowlers and slavetraders -- at what's likely a significant personal cost. I love reading science fiction and this story captured my attention from the beginning. The characters are well-written and I enjoyed their Thank you Brey Willows for writing yet another amazing story! This one tells the story of Jessa, a spaceship captain who has crash landed with some of her crew members on the planet Indemnion, a place most people try to avoid. There, Kylin, a local scrounger, rescues them from prowlers and slavetraders -- at what's likely a significant personal cost. I love reading science fiction and this story captured my attention from the beginning. The characters are well-written and I enjoyed their stories, their emotional growth, and, of course, their chemistry. The world-building was incredible -- I could easily envision each city in my mind's eye. I didn't want to put it down once I started reading and am still thinking about the story several days later. It was a great read and I highly recommend it. Thanks to Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for an advance review copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Corgel

    This was a decent sci-fi action with great world building and a whole lot of angst. The set up is this: Jessa Arabelle is a captain on an interplanetary cruiser that gets shot down when they get hit by a stray meteorite and her and her crew crash land on the lawless planet of Indemnion. While recovering they are rescued by Kylin Enderson, a mysterious scrounger. The two clash over cultures and attitude but have to come together when they find out that scroungers aren't the only people interested This was a decent sci-fi action with great world building and a whole lot of angst. The set up is this: Jessa Arabelle is a captain on an interplanetary cruiser that gets shot down when they get hit by a stray meteorite and her and her crew crash land on the lawless planet of Indemnion. While recovering they are rescued by Kylin Enderson, a mysterious scrounger. The two clash over cultures and attitude but have to come together when they find out that scroungers aren't the only people interested in the debris from Jessa's ship. Brey Willows is really good at setting up her worlds in a short period of time and Indemnion is no different. Because we see the world from both Kylin's and Jessa's perspective, we get some depth to a world that could just feel like a Tatooine ripoff. But it's not, especially when Kylin shows off some of the differing peoples populating the world, and how they are affected by a slaving band that seems to have grown even bolder than before. You see some of that right at the beginning, but the people Kylin's perspective also shows that people are just trying to get by on the dangerous planet. I love Jessa's and Kylin's relationship, mostly because they worked past the stereotypes that hang over them to see the actual person behind it. Kylin is a little on the angsty side, but she's a sweet person who is just trying to do right by her family. Jessa is well out of her comfort zone and hates that she feels so helpless without all of the rules that governed her life til she crashed on the planet. If there's any complaint - I do have to say that it's hard to tell whether Jessa's rigidity comes from her culture, her personality, or both. I would have loved to explore that aspect of Jessa's personality a little more. It also leans a little too heavily on the class differences between the two, and it made Jessa out to be a "noblewoman out of her element, being saved by the scrappy commoner". Which she was to a degree, but she literally survived a devastating crash that killed part of her crew - I'd say she's more overwhelmed than anything. There's some great action scenes and a lot of wonderful quieter ones. The romance is hot and tense - especially since both women were finding excuses just not to feel for the other. If you are looking for a well developed relationship and world, you're in for a treat. Willows usually does more fantasy based stuff, so it was nice to see her work in sci-fi. Recommended. I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    3.25 - 3.50 I really do like Brey Willows as an author - her Fury series was an imaginative and original and I thoroughly enjoyed all three books. She is adept at writing outside the standard lesfic box adding Urban Fantasy and specfic twists that I particularly like. I was looking forward to her turning her hand to SF but this one sort of missed the mark for me. As expected, the book is well written and entertaining but the characters didn't grab me and there just wasn't enough depth in the 3.25 - 3.50 I really do like Brey Willows as an author - her Fury series was an imaginative and original and I thoroughly enjoyed all three books. She is adept at writing outside the standard lesfic box adding Urban Fantasy and specfic twists that I particularly like. I was looking forward to her turning her hand to SF but this one sort of missed the mark for me. As expected, the book is well written and entertaining but the characters didn't grab me and there just wasn't enough depth in the societies of Indemnion I think it wasn't SF enough for what I was in the mood for. As a light SF, this works well - with enough action and romance to keep a reader hooked. After crash landing on Indemnion, a planet outside the normal shipping routes and a rather rough society that's structured around city-states with little law and order, Jessa and her crew meet up with local scounger Kylin Enderson. After sending the crew to the closest city, Jessa joins Kylin as she continues on to see what other wreckage may have crashed. As they travel they meet up with nomads, another city state, slavers and an indigenous species who most on the planet consider to be legends. The romance builds between the two starting with a physical attraction but developing as they learn more about one another. Despite quite a bit of world-building - Brey does create and populate an entire planet - it didn't feel like it went deep enough and some of the societal issues raised seemed to be a bit too easily resolved. I couldn't figure out why there was no communication between the cities - they had the technology but they have to travel over land and sea to get anywhere or talk to anyone. I also struggled with Jessa as a character - she's a starship captain and from a society that values logic over emotion but she just seemed too passive and accepting of everything.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aleana Harris

    I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. Captain Jessa has to abandon her ship along with her crew when there mission go horrible wrong when an asteroid hit their pods they have to land on planet call Indemnion which is know for being lawlessness and violence. As Jessa tries to keep herself and her crew from attracting trouble they meet Kylin who she thinks can help them get off this planet. Kylin who trying stay ahead of people's she I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. Captain Jessa has to abandon her ship along with her crew when there mission go horrible wrong when an asteroid hit their pods they have to land on planet call Indemnion which is know for being lawlessness and violence. As Jessa tries to keep herself and her crew from attracting trouble they meet Kylin who she thinks can help them get off this planet. Kylin who trying stay ahead of people's she owed she doesn't have time to help someone she believes doesn't know what real life is like because Jessa life is privilege. Even though Kylin believes that Jessa can't possibly get off this planet on her own and keep her crew safe she proved her wrong and can handle herself even though Jessa does sometimes get into things when she should listen to Kylin. As they try to help each other out a attraction begins and it put their lives in more danger especially when Kylin secrets are reveal. I like this book the two women are both strong and don't back down they have great chemistry. I don't want to go into details and I hope I summarize this book it's a great read I just tend to spoil with books that deals with sci-fi.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristian Walls

    This Sci-fi story blew me away. The characters, world building, romance, moral concepts, writing, all of it. I was enthralled from start to finish. The location of this story was well thought out and supremely interesting, a planet that is off the beaten path and thusly ignored and left to lawlessness. The multiple different settings and the social dynamics were great fun to learn about and explore. The two main characters were both really marvelous in both their differences and similarities, the This Sci-fi story blew me away. The characters, world building, romance, moral concepts, writing, all of it. I was enthralled from start to finish. The location of this story was well thought out and supremely interesting, a planet that is off the beaten path and thusly ignored and left to lawlessness. The multiple different settings and the social dynamics were great fun to learn about and explore. The two main characters were both really marvelous in both their differences and similarities, the connection between them and all they learn from each other was amazingly done. Jessa is quite sheltered and ignorant due to her upbringing and how she goes through life. Kylin is rough and guarded to her harsh upbringing. They most both look beyond the surface and remove previous judgements and misconceptions. This story was well written and perfectly paced. The multiple adventures were fun and riveting. The love story is passionate and sweet. There is excellent chemistry and both characters are amazingly loveable. Their dynamic is perfect. I disliked Jessa for a hot minute but she redeemed herself flawlessly and provided a perfect ending to this fantastic sci-fi love story, I would be immensely excited to see more stories from these characters or from this world.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    Well this book was bloody amazing. As I'm coming to expect from Brey Willows, totally unique and fantastic world-building; strong, resilient women finding their way; good side characters; and romance to boot. Jessa is a space captain whose ship crashes on the planet Indemnion. She and her cremated are saved from a dastardly fate by the diamond-in-the-rough scrounger, Kylin. Jessa is very emotionally detatched, from a planet that sees emotion as weakness. Kylin is awesomely strong and very sweet, Well this book was bloody amazing. As I'm coming to expect from Brey Willows, totally unique and fantastic world-building; strong, resilient women finding their way; good side characters; and romance to boot. Jessa is a space captain whose ship crashes on the planet Indemnion. She and her cremated are saved from a dastardly fate by the diamond-in-the-rough scrounger, Kylin. Jessa is very emotionally detatched, from a planet that sees emotion as weakness. Kylin is awesomely strong and very sweet, a conscripted cage fighter to pay off debts she's incurred to help her sick father. Can two such different people find love together? I was certainly rooting for them the whole way!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Review excerpted from my blog post over at Pan/Cis LGBT2SQ+ Romance Reviews (https://pancis.wordpress.com/2019/11/...) Overall Rating:3.5 stars Library recommendation:Recommended for public library LGBT2SQ+ romance collections. Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story. ____________________ Number of titles I have read by this author:2 Love story speed:Medium burn Relationship dynamics:The Review excerpted from my blog post over at Pan/Cis LGBT2SQ+ Romance Reviews (https://pancis.wordpress.com/2019/11/...) Overall Rating: 3.5 stars Library recommendation: Recommended for public library LGBT2SQ+ romance collections. Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story. ____________________ Number of titles I have read by this author: 2 Love story speed: Medium burn Relationship dynamics: The Indebted Prize Fighter (h1) / The Starship Captain (h2) Sexual content: Some; "on-screen" and explicit Gender Identity: Cis (h1) / Cis (h2) Sexual Identity: Lesbian (h1) / Lesbian (h2) Triggers: Parent terminal illness; parent death; suicidal thoughts Acceptance Rating: 4.5 stars Acceptance Rating Explanation: Aside from a father objecting to his daughter being with a woman because of the lack of grandchildren, this is a fairly accepting book. Grammar/Editing: My ARC had a few typos, awkward sentences, and word choice problems. Review: This novel hops right into the action and keeps up a quick pace. It is primarily set on-planet, with very little of the action taking place in space. The world building was fairly good, although some of the descriptions lacked some detail. The physics introduced in the novel are consistent, if fairly cartoonish (think Futurama) with regard to some of the gadgets available. I also found that while the author has developed a full complement of planet slang, not all of it was satisfactorily defined, even through context. Kylin and Jessa are very much thrown together in a stressful situation. Kylin is a very relatable, easygoing person (even if she is the embodiment of the "prize fighter indebted to a fight-club owner" trope), while Jessa is an incredibly clingy, jealous, and needy character. Both are very much a product of their upbringing and parental role models. As a result of all of these details, much of their relationship simply feels like it is built on Jessa's refusal to be left behind, which wasn't what I would have expected from a character who is apparently otherwise a fiercely independent individual. In terms of supporting characters, some are better developed than others, but I did not find them to be terribly complex. That is, they do clearly all have backstories, but the reader isn't made fully aware of specifics. All this being said, if Willows decided to turn this standalone into a series, I would certainly read the next installment. Full disclosure: I received a free advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5 stars I am a big fan if this author and loved the Fury series. All three were awesome and original. This book was less so for me. I enjoyed the beginning with the asteroids and the tense drama associated with escape and crash landing. From there it was a bit less of the kind of sci fi I like or I'm used to. This author does a great job building scenes and creating worlds and the storyline is good too. The romance is what you expect when opposites attract. I received an ARC of this book from 3.5 stars I am a big fan if this author and loved the Fury series. All three were awesome and original. This book was less so for me. I enjoyed the beginning with the asteroids and the tense drama associated with escape and crash landing. From there it was a bit less of the kind of sci fi I like or I'm used to. This author does a great job building scenes and creating worlds and the storyline is good too. The romance is what you expect when opposites attract. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam Alexander

    Changing Course is overall a good book. I really enjoyed reading about Jessa and Kylin and the story shows good world-building, with a complex society, good diversity of people and species, and interesting ecosystems. My only quibble is that the science-fiction is, well, not really science-fiction. Chapter 1 in particular was odd to read, small escape pods (!) heading to another sector (of the galaxy (?!) while a "nebula slid past". But once past this, the book becomes much much better!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another excellent Brey Willow’s read. The crash was scary and exciting. I love Kylin. She’s had a hard life, but she goes out of her way to help everyone. She is such a softy. I love how she takes care of her father. Jessa goes threw such an emotional growth threw out this book. She makes lasting friendships and finds a love in Kylin that one only dreams of. Jessa and Kylin are made for each other.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sameena Jehanzeb

    I won't give this book a rating as I gave up at 33% in. Not the kind of futuristic SciFi I expected or like to read instead it's more like that desert outlaw planet Tatooine just with a female Aniken kind of protagonist and it seems like there won't be a change in settings anytime soon (if ever). Not a bad book though, just the wrong pick for me. Thanks to Netgalley and Boldstroke Books who provided me with this ARC.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Regina Kiddy

    This is a story about Jesse a ships captain whose ship went down on a planet she was unfamiliar with, after an asteroid hit it. She meets a scavenger by the name of Kylin. Together they set off across the planet looking for escape pods and parts of her ship. Jessa also finds something she didn’t know she was looking for with Kyin. Be aware this is a girl on girl story. I read and reviewed this advanced complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I reviewed this at The Lesbrary! It feels like someone's f/f Star Wars/Star Trek crossover, and the pacing is rough, but it's not bad? Caution warnings: dying parent, slavery and enslavement, mentions of abuse and eating human flesh.

  27. 4 out of 5

    XR

    Oh heck yeah! After the ‘just okay’ outcome from the last book I read, this is the kinda book that I’m used to reading by Willows. It was an exciting and touching adventure... and I genuinely enjoyed every moment, even the not so good parts. What a story! Oh heck yeah! After the ‘just okay’ outcome from the last book I read, this is the kinda book that I’m used to reading by Willows. It was an exciting and touching adventure... and I genuinely enjoyed every moment, even the not so good parts. What a story! ☺️

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Fun sci fi romance This is a fun sci fi romance where we travel a planet and learn about relationships and overcoming obstacles. Changing the course of fate etc. I do wish we would have seen some more of the other planets and more space travel, but overall a good read

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Yorke

    Excellent story Made me laugh & cry! Very well written, heartwarming story of coming to terms with loss, survival & finding love again! Moving forward is hard to do, but finding your bravery again is sometimes only possible when you meet someone special! Excellent story Made me laugh & cry! Very well written, heartwarming story of coming to terms with loss, survival & finding love again! Moving forward is hard to do, but finding your bravery again is sometimes only possible when you meet someone special! 👍💞

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stevie Carroll

    Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread: I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read so far by Brey Willows, especially her most recent fantasy novel. As I grew up reading lesbian science fiction, I was very keen to get my hands on this book. And it feels very much like those books I used to read with added elements of the space operas of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Imagine if you will, the pairing of a lesbian Jenna Stanis (from Blakes 7) and the lesbian answer to a young Han Solo. Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread: I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read so far by Brey Willows, especially her most recent fantasy novel. As I grew up reading lesbian science fiction, I was very keen to get my hands on this book. And it feels very much like those books I used to read with added elements of the space operas of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Imagine if you will, the pairing of a lesbian Jenna Stanis (from Blakes 7) and the lesbian answer to a young Han Solo. Throw in a thrilling crash landing and a whole host of dangers on the planet itself and you have the makings of something quite, quite special. Captain Jessa Arabelle comes from a well-off family on a wealthy and civilised planet and makes her living transporting tourists on intergalactic cruises. When an asteroid hits her ship, she and her crew are forced to land their escape pod on a backwater world, rarely visited by outsiders, unless they’re on the run from something or someone. Kylin Enderson is an inhabitant of that world, who makes her living as a prize fighter and a scavenger, all the while trying to keep up supplies of medicine for her seriously ill father. When she hears about a crash involving a fancy ship and a number of escape pods, she rushes to the area in search of anything she might be able to sell. She doesn’t expect to encounter a group of survivors in need of her help to get themselves safely back to what passes for civilisation on Kylin’s world. When Kylin manages to arrange transport for Jessa’s crew and says she will be travelling onward in search of more crash debris, Jessa insists on accompanying her. The two face slavers, bounty hunters, and other hostile groups, but also make some friends amongst the more reclusive and transient people of Kylin’s world before finally being reunited with Jessa’s crew and having to deliver the news to Kylin’s friends and family that their city is in danger from those outside its walls. While Jessa and her crew await transport off the planet, Jessa becomes increasingly involved in Kylin’s life and learns an awful lot about life beyond her sheltered upbringing and equally insulated life since achieving adulthood. When rescue eventually comes, Jessa and Kylin have to figure out whether and how they can build a future together, given their very different backgrounds, especially given that Jessa has now seen the darker sides to Kylin’s life. I really, really enjoyed this book. It had all the elements I loved in the books I loved as a teenager and then some. It also had a far more epic feel than I was expecting and I really would like to see more of these two and the universe they inhabit.

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