Review: Taming Chaos by Anna Carven

Posted March 7, 2022 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Taming Chaos by Anna CarvenTaming Chaos by Anna Carven
Series: Darkstar Mercenaries #1
Also in this series: Shattered Silence , Fractured Souls
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: April 20, 2018
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
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Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 242
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Series Rating: four-stars

Torin Mardak came to Zarhab Groht to hunt. Some idiot's been selling Callidum weapons on the black market, and he's been tasked with finding the traitor.

The illegal trading station isn't exactly Torin's favorite place in the Nine Galaxies. It's dirty, chaotic, and full of thieves and murderers, but as an elite Kordolian First Division warrior, he's the most dangerous thing on this floating cesspit, and he won't let anything stand in his way.

But when he encounters a group of humans who really, really shouldn't be here, his priorities might just have to change, because one of them is about to get betrayed in the worst possible way...

And she just so happens to be exactly his type.

Taming Chaos is Book 1 in the Darkstar Mercenaries series. It features a lethal silver-skinned alien hero, a curvy human heroine, and the usual action, violence, steamy sex scenes, and HFN ("happy for now") ending.

Taming Chaos (Darkstar Mercenaries #1) by Anna Carven is the first book in a series, but it is apparently a spin-off of another series by Carven. I was not aware of that when I downloaded it from Kindle Unlimited. I felt like I was missing out on a lot of information by starting here. I managed to get through the book, but I definitely feel like I need to read the first series for a lot of the backstory.

Persephone Winters is an analyst with the Federation, who is assigned to help her planet purchase plasma weapons. She and a team are on a run-down trading station to make the deal when she’s betrayed by her team and sold to the aliens instead. She sees no way out of her situation until a fierce warrior breaks into the ship she’s on and offers to protect her with his life.

As a Kardolian First Division warrior Torin is at the top of the food chain. When he sees a group of fragile humans in a place they shouldn’t be, his curiosity gets the best of him and he decides to follow them. When he sees the human woman get betrayed by her comrades, he knows he has to intervene. He has a soft spot for humans, and he knows she’s no match for the ones who have taken her.

I actually really liked Torin. He was sweet and funny, but also a total badass. I didn’t feel as much of a connection to Seph. Although the book alternates between her POV and his, I didn’t feel like I got to know her very well. I likened her to Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride to a friend recently. Though the story revolves around her, she was basically in the background. She stood around a lot and ogled Torin, but aside from that she didn’t do much.

Still, I enjoyed Torin and the story enough to want to read more, so I plan to go back and read the original series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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