Thursday, May 30, 2013

Book Review: Maven


By:  S.A. Huchton

Publish Date:  June 3, 2013

Format:  eARC, 225pgs

Genre:  Science Fiction Romance

Series:  1st in Endure series

Recommendation:  Oh YES!  Lovely romance in a underwater station, where Lydia's predecessors trash bin leads to a mystery of danger for Lydia and Daniel, and maybe others of the world too.

Book Synopsis:
How far would you go for love?

Since losing her parents at 14, young prodigy Dr. Lydia Ashley has focused on one thing: an appointment on teh Deep Water Research Command Endure.  Now 21, she's about to realize that dream, but nothing is how she imagined it would be.  Her transitional sponsor forgets her, her new lab is in complete chaos, and, as if that weren't enough, she's about to discover something so horrific it could potentially destroy all life on the planet.

Daniel Brewer, a noted playboy and genius in his own right, may be exactly what she needs...Or he may make everything worse.

Has she finally found a puzzle she can't solve?

Purchase At:
Amazon   /   Barnes & Nobles   /   Book Depository   /   CreateSpace  June 3, 2013

First Sentence:
Ten minutes out.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Lydia has reached her goal, set six years ago with several reasons, a position at Deep Water Research Command Endure.  But, things she had dreamed of here may not be as she thought.  Lydia is left abandoned upon her arrival as her sponsor forgets to meet and escort her to her lab.  Then gets a sight of her predecessor's rather organization and mess, which will take Lydia weeks to sort through.

Trying to make up for his lack of first impression, and looking the computer genius lackey with a reputation of being a ladies man of the Endure, Daniel realizes the beautiful Lydia is all work.  What Daniel doesn't know, Lydia has known of him for years and had hoped to find a kindred soul in him, being brilliant and young like her.  To show he can be focused and taking a new direction to win her eye, he sends her unknown sample files he found from her predecessors computer trash bin.  When Lydia finally looks at them, in Daniel's presence, she's curious about the specific bacteria and why sampled and tested on this facility.  Something is off, Lydia's never heard of projects centering around these, putting her and Daniel on the alert.  What Lydia learns is deadly, to her and to the world.

Lydia might find the man she was hoping for.  Daniel might learn to find what he was missing in life.  Lydia and Daniel will learn, with knowledge could come danger. These two hold more knowledge than the whole of the Endure, and can or have connected the dots... Will they find a level ground to work on to find a cure in time?

First, this book was what I was needing in a time I was struggling through many great reads.  I sat down with it Saturday evening, stayed up late, then woke up Sunday morning to pick it up and not set it down until I was done.  I just fell in love with Lydia and Daniel.  And the creation of Deep Water Research Command Endure.  I couldn't stop reading this one!  Adorable romance.

We are in year 2050, in an under water research station.  I felt I was experiencing Lydia's first experiences on the Endure with her.  Excited, and let down when the welcoming sponsor wasn't there.  But excited.  I love ocean research, I wanted to get into it when I was younger, so I'm thrilled to arrive with Lydia.

We get two point of views, Lydia's and Daniel's.

Meeting Lydia right off, I liked her.  Smart and sharp minded.  She made me smile at her words to Daniel as he saw her for a beautiful lady to hit on.  My kind of girl.  Love Lydia and her spunk.  Not only is she a genius but quick.  Lydia knows Daniel's reputation, and will not jeopardize her dream job for him.  I love how she puts him in place, subtle but done and he knows it.  It drives him NUTS!! lol.

Daniel!! Ooooo, boy that man is something, and the exponential growth of his character throughout the book.  WOW!  He is full of potential.  But when Daniel finds the left over files in the trash from Lydia's predecessor...things will take off, in all directions.

I was drawn to learn more of what Lydia and Daniel found and how they would get more information, worried they would get caught by the people creating this danger.  And there is their relationship.  Would it take off?  Would Daniel come to his full potential?  Will Lydia see Daniel for who he is?  Oh!  There are sparks between these two, and they fly.  Oh, the computer hacking.  The suspense as to if all would work.  The mystery of finding more details and suspense surrounding a few characters had me flipping to know more.  The corruption gets deeper and deeper as we go.  So good.  I had to see how it ended.

The romance was sweet and took it's time to build.  But when it built, aah... These two are young, twenty-two and twenty-one, but still young at heart.  They both grew up struggling with being far more advanced than others.

This story is a science fiction romance.  Yes, there is some science to it, but the romance is forefront.  The technical and science part, done so I understand but in no way deters from the genius of the characters.  The science is easy to understand and works in balance with the romance to create the story.

Refreshing drop of water with this story.  I love the aquatic take and the sparking romance.  Wonderful romance with a solid story and suspenseful mystery.  I love when the two come together so perfectly!

**I requested a copy of this for review from the author.

S.A. Huchton also has a few snippets up on her sight:


  1. Replies
    1. Blodeuedd, I really enjoyed this one, and such a sweet romance. :)

  2. Oh this does sound so good. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much and it seems quite well layered!

    1. Oh Melissa (B&T) I'm loving this series. The Who? What? Where? you were held in suspense was the second book to this series. and I love it!

  3. so happy this book was exactly what you needed. I love the concept. Never read a book with an underwater station before.

    1. Oh Jennifer Bielman, I do think you would enjoy this one. :) I really enjoyed it. Thank you.

  4. Oh lord this sounds good! I love the setting and the romance sounds good too!

    1. Oh Kimba, I really was taken with the underwater station and the characters. :) Thank you.

  5. So glad this book swept you away, the concept sounds unique. Lovely review!

    1. Silverlight, Thank you. I was so happy to hit that book that carried me away. :)

  6. I love it when a book just captures you and you can't let go until you're finished! The dual perspective's sound great as well as the character growth throughout the story. Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. Jaclyn Canada, Oh thank you. I really enjoyed the dual perspectives and really grew the characters and story so much! :)

  7. Mel- thank you SO MUCH for this early review! Really hope others enjoy the story as much as you did. (and if any of these folks are bloggers I'm totally game for giving away review copies) (just sayin') ;P

    1. You are so welcome Starla!! And I do hope a few will take you up on the offer of review copies. :) So weeeeell worth it. :D

  8. Sounds like a fun one. It's been a while since I've read science fiction, but I like the idea that the "science" part of it isn't too much the focus.

    1. It really is "light" science fiction. The science is definitely integral, but as I'm not a fan of hard sci-fi, the story is far more focused on the characters than on fancy terminology. I'd encourage anyone that's hesitant to go and check out some of the excerpts I've posted in the past few weeks. I think Melissa has linked to them from the cover reveal post she did a little while back, so you can find them here on this site. :)

    2. On no Carol. It's light and part of the story. It is well done and easy to catch but more a romance here. :)


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