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Throwback Thursday Review: Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair

Posted September 20, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 6 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Hope’s Folly by Linnea SinclairReviewer: Casee
Hope's Folly (Dock Five Universe, #3) by Linnea Sinclair
Series: Dock Five Universe #3
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: February 24, 2009
Format: Print
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 425
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Series Rating: four-stars

Admiral Philip Guthrie is in an unprecedented position: on the wrong end of the law, leading a ragtag band of rebels against the oppressive Imperial forces. Or would be if he can get his command ship-the derelict cruiser called Hope's Folly-functioning. Not much can rattle Philip's legendary cool-but the woman who helps him foil an assassination attempt on Kirro Station will. She's the daughter of his best friend and first commander-a man who died while under Philip's command and whose death is on Philip's conscience.

Rya Bennton has been in love with Philip Guthrie since she was a girl. But can her childhood fantasies survive an encounter with the hardened man, and newly minted rebel leader, once she learns the truth about her father's death? Or will her passion for revenge put not only their hearts but their lives at risk? It's an impossible mission: A man who feels he can't love. A woman who believes she's unlovable. And an enemy who will stop at nothing to crush them both.

Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy!

This review was originally posted on March 25, 2009.

I was never really a fan of sci-fi romance until I read Games of Command. I absolutely loved that book and it was in my top 5 reads of 2007. Hope’s Folly is the third book in the Gabriel’s Ghost universe. I know it will shock many of you to know that I haven’t read Gabriel’s Ghost or Shades of Dark. Yes, you read that right. I actually started with the 3rd book in the series. Even though I am allergic to reading 1st person, after reading Hope’s Folly, I have to go back and read both Gabriel’s Ghost and Shades of Dark.

Admiral Philip Guthrie has little hope that he will be able to get the slagging (I love this word, btw) mess that is Hope’s Folly to Ferrin without getting himself or his crew killed. When he meets the crew, he is shocked to learn that one of his crew members is Rya Bennton, the daughter of his best friend. The ten year old girl who flicked peas at him across the table and begged him to shoot his weapon has grown into a woman that Philip is drawn to. Philip doesn’t have time to question his attraction to woman he once dubbed Rya the Rebel. He has a ship that’s falling apart and someone trying to sabotage the small chance they have of making it to Ferrin alive.

Rya Bennton can’t believe that her commanding officer is Philip Guthrie, the man who has been the subject of her fantasies for many long years. After saving his life on Kirro Station, Rya refuses to relinquish the duty of seeing to Philip’s safety. When things continue to go wrong on Hope’s Folly, Rya is convinced that they have someone on board that is trying to sabotage the crew. Rya is determined to find out who it is before s/he can get to Phillip or cause further harm to Hope’s Folly.

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about Rya and Philip as a couple. While I liked both characters individually, I wasn’t feeling it between them at first. Age was a huge factor for Philip and it was something that he wouldn’t let go of. He would go between lover and father-figure which was kind of creepy. His internal dialogue was pretty funny, though, and it didn’t take me long to get on board with these two. Rya was also pretty amusing. When she decides to go against Philip’s orders so she can ultimately save his life, she’s afraid he’s found out before she can implement her plan.

Rya racked her brain for Imperial Regulation Fifty-Seven A, any of the paragraphs, but she didn’t know Fleet regs like she did ImpSec ones. And maritime law—law. The brig suddenly loomed large again.

Maybe they’d just confine her to her cabin. She could probably hack into that lock.

“Fifty-seven A, sir? No. Unless you mean…” Welford’s mouth opened the closed quickly. He swallowed, hard. “You can’t be serious. Sir.”

Rya stared at Acting Captain Welford. God and stars. They were going to make her walk
the plank. Or whatever the deep space equivalent was of that. Jettison her out a cargo hatch?

“I’m dead serious.” Philip held out his hand toward her. “Rya.”

Her own flew to the Carver at her side. Dugan had taken inventory, told Philip the trank was missing. Now they were going to strip her of her weapons and space her. They probably thought she meant to kill him. God, no. Just knock him out for a little while, long enough to get through the gate, long enough he couldn’t sacrifice himself.

Wasn’t she at least entitled to a trial first?

“Rya,” Philip repeated. “Over here. Now.”

Name, rank, serial number. Name, rank, serial number. Say nothing incriminating.
Name, rank, serial number.

She stepped toward him, raising her hands slowly out from her sides.

Philip frowned, head tilted slightly.

Behind her, Welford snorted out a laugh. “She doesn’t know Fleet regs, Admiral. She thinks we’re going to arrest her.”

Rya really was a rebel; always wanting to go against regs if she thought that it would save Philip’s life.

Linnea Sinclair does a remarkable job of drawing the reader into the story. The action in the book was amazing and I found myself holding my breath more than once. Once I started reading Hope’s Folly, I had a ridiculously hard time putting it down. Though the first few chapters lagged a bit for me, once the book gets going, it goes fast.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Dock Five Universe


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Yeah, We Like to Partay!

Posted October 15, 2008 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

A couple of things to mention for the day…

It’s Linnea Sinclair’s Birthday Today! Happy Birthday Linnea!

In celebration of her birthday Linnea’s having a birthday bash at her Yahoo Group.

This is what she wrote as a comment a few days ago:

And please come to my birthday bash on my Yahoo Group this Wednesday–I’m going to be giving away FREE book T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, tote bags and SIGNED BOOKS all day in celebration of my (mumble-mumble) birthday, October 15th. My Yahoo Group is here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinneaSinclair/If party guests just want to sub into the group for the party and then unsub after that’s okay. I know a lot of people don’t have time to keep up with a Yahoo Group and mine can get pretty wild at times. 😉 It IS a bar, after all.But do come to the party. Please! And bring all your friends! Hugs, ~Linnea Sounds like fun!
And if that isn’t enough of a party…Mari Freeman’s book Birthright releases today!! Woohoo for Mari!She’s giving away some goodies on the Kiss and Tell Girls Blog so get your heiney’s over there and try to win some stuff!

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted October 13, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 35 Comments

Another week is gone. Where do they all go I ask you? I have not a clue.

Things here are good. My oldest started her tutoring this week. She’s going 6 hours a week – yes you read that right. No, you’re not hallucinating…I said 6 hours a week. It was her first week so she’s not complaining yet. She likes it and will hopefully continue. Cross fingers!

The youngest did great on her poetry reciting – at least I think she did since we didn’t get anything back from the teacher. I’m assuming she did by what she said. Thanks for all your kind comments – she loved hearing them (yes, I read them all to her).

Yesterday I realized I’m a fucking idiot a really good mom when I took the kids out Halloween costume shopping for 3 hours. Who knew there was a shortage of Batgirl costumes in my city? I sure didn’t! Needless to say they came home happy and I came home and drank. What? Like you don’t do that?

Ok – on to what I read this week:

I finished the other 3 stories in The Magical Christmas Cat. I liked them all. Erin McCarthy’s story, Christmas Bree, was a continuation of the story of the 3 witch sisters that she started in the An Enchanted Season anthology. It’s part of the Ohio’s Most Haunted Town series which includes the book Heiress For Heir that I read recently – but loosely. The Linda Winstead Jones story, Sweet Dreams, was interesting and a little out there but I liked it too. Then there was the Lora Leigh Breed story. I liked that one too. I liked Noble (Noble was also my favorite great-uncle and my youngest inherited Noble as a middle name!). Haley was a little annoying at first but she grew on me. I guess technically this story comes after Mercury’s War since they mentioned Mercury and his mate in the book. Just fyi for those Breed fans out there. I have to say that out of all 4 stories (these 3 and the one I read last week) Nalini Singh’s Stroke of Enticement was my fav.

The next 3 books were novella’s. First was Killer Curves by Regina Carlysle. A cute little story about a race car driver and the woman he’s loved for years but was off limits since she was his friends wife.

The next was I Spy Something Bloody by Josh Lanyon. I won this when Josh was on the DIK blog and it was fantastic. According to JL you either love it or hate it. I was definitely in the love category. Mark and Stephen had fallen in love and talked about the future but Mark got called back to his job as a spy for just one more job. It ends up being two years later when Mark returns and Stephen’s moved on. Great story. Read it.

The next was The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter. This is actually a prequel to the Lords of the Underworld books. Geryon is the Guardian of Hell and Kadence is the goddess of Oppression. What a pair. But it’s a cute little story and a good beginning to the LOTU series.

Linnea Sinclair has been an author that I’ve been meaning to read but I just hadn’t done it yet. Sci-fi’s not really my bag but I thought I’d give it a whirl after she guested on the DIK. I got Games of Command from the library and it was a great book. I loved the characters and I loved Linnea’s writing even more. I think the next one I read of hers will be Gabriel’s Ghost since that’s been highly recommended.

My Prerogative by Sasha White was next. You’d all love to know what I thought of the book, wouldn’t you? Well, you’ll have to check out The Book Binge…um, sometime, (I’ll try to let you know when) and read my review. 🙂

Last but not least was The Chosen Sin by Anya Bast. This book was kind of hard for me to read. Right off the bat it reminded me of another of her series, The Embraced, and I just couldn’t stop thinking of the similarities. In The Chosen Sin they have the Chosen who are vampires and feed off of blood and then they have succubare that get the “dark kiss” but don’t quite make it to Chosen status and have to feed on sex. In the Embrace series there are Vampir who feed off of blood and demi-vampir who don’t quite make it to Vampir status feed off of sex. Just too similar – I hate it when that happens. The story was ok but not as good as I expected. The sex in Anya’s books is always very steamy so there was no problem there. 🙂 She does have great character and that’s always a plus too.

Happy Reading!

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Sci-fi/Urban Fantasy

Posted August 28, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 6 Comments

Genres: Urban Fantasy

So all these Shomi Spotlights have made me think…always a scary thing.

My favorite sci-fi romance ever is Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair. Thanks to Nalini Singh, I picked up this book and devoured it. I still love it. Now that I think about it, a re-read is definitely in order.

So share w/ us…what’s your favorite sci-fi or urban fantasy book? What’s so great about it?

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Shades Of Dark Pre-release Contest at Jace Scribbles

Posted June 27, 2008 by Holly in Giveaways | 3 Comments

**Please note: this is NOT a Book Binge sponsored contest. If you’d like to enter, you must do so at Jace’s blog.**

Go check out the great contest Jace is hosting over at Jace Scribbles!

It’s my pleasure to collaborate with Linnea to bring you this contest, as we eagerly await the imminent release of Shades Of Dark.

First, the goodies…

1st Prize

* signed copy of Shades Of Dark
* signed copy of Gabriel’s Ghost
* Shades Of Dark tote bag or t-shirt

2nd Prize

* signed copy of Shades Of Dark
* Shades Of Dark tote bag or t-shirt

3rd Prize

* Shades Of Dark tote bag or t-shirt

and from me, the host of this contest, each winner will get a beaded bookmark…

Here’s what you’ve got to do…

In “Comments” at the end of this post, tell Linnea which is your favourite Sully-Chaz moment in Gabriel’s Ghost, and why.

Simple, isn’t it? *grin*

Duration of contest…

From 21 June ~ 5 July 2008, midnight.

We follow the date/time of this blog, which is GMT +8 hours. Check current blog date/time here.

Announcement of winners…

Linnea herself will pick the winning entries. The winners will be announced here on 10 July 2008.

Other details…

* Winners to choose whether they want a tote bag or a t-shirt.
* This contest is open to readers worldwide.
* You can submit as many entries as you like, but you may win only one prize.
* If you have any queries, you can email me: or_et_argent AT yahoo DOT com

That’s it, folks. Have fun and start leafing through Gabriel’s Ghost. I’ll see you all later.

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