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REVIEW: Afloat (Staying Afloat Series) by Isabelle Adler

The Official Description: No place is safe anymore.

Matt and his crew know it all too well—and it’s especially true now as the war with the Alraki has reached the heart of Federation space and struck close to home. Suddenly, Matt is faced with a difficult choice. He has the opportunity to sway the tide of the war and rectify a past wrong by helping the Fleet obtain a groundbreaking Alraki technology. But to do so, he must risk his ship and the lives of his crewmates.

With Matt’s archenemy, the infamous Captain Rodgers, still on the loose and bent on revenge, the Alraki aren’t the only ones who pose a deadly threat to Matt and the people most dear to his heart. With danger and betrayal haunting their steps, Matt and Ryce must find a way to save their friends even as sinister secrets from the past threaten to tear them apart.

This time, the price of staying afloat might be higher than what Matt is willing to pay.

Afloat is the third book in Isabelle Adler’s exciting debut series, Staying Afloat, and concludes the series. For best enjoyment, advise reading the books in order.

Just the facts: space/scifi series, m/m main characters, great supporting characters, intrigue, drama, action

An epic sci-fi series with tons of action and a lot of heart. These characters are sticking with me. – Kinzie Things


My thoughts bit: 
This is the conclusion to a great series. I’ve been reading the Staying Afloat series since its inception and I am a big fan. These characters have become very real to me and I’m quite sad that this is the conclusion of this series. However! All is not lost, as Isabelle Adler has some other great books!

Matt Spears’ ship, the Lady Lisa, and his crew (including his partner Ryce Eason). Over the course of this series, Matt has learned to rely on Ryce a little – let him into the edge of his little found family. In this book, these characters may be facing their greatest challenge yet.

Matt, his crew and the Lady Lisa are enlisted by the Fleet… by his estranged father, to help with a dangerous mission that could change the outcome of the war with the Alraki. The stealth technology that has given the Alraki the upper hand could potentially be stolen…but it will take the right bait and the right crew.

Matt is faced with putting his family in danger to help the Fleet get the technology that could change everything. And there’s the potential risk of running into the man who imprisoned and tortured Matt… Captain Rodgers. What a choice to have to make! Everyone you love…against saving the world. for the first time in his life, Matt is faced with having a lot to lose.

I don’t want to give away a lot about this book because if you start the series – which you really should – you’ll be able to follow along with the characters as they change each other’s lives. This is more than a found family, it’s a family of people who need each other to survive. This series really is a ride. There is love, pain, recovery, fear, tons of action and a quirky found family.

The pacing of this series has been consistently spot-on. I love how Adler manages to flesh out all the characters while still letting the plot progress at a natural pace. I’ve really found that I have been caught up with the characters and their growth. In particular, Matt is a favourite of mine. He has come so far since the first book of the series. He’s struggled with a lot of challenges and had to put a lot behind him in order to move on. Even having a healthy relationship was something that Matt wasn’t sure that he could do.

This book, the final one in the Sierra, wraps up all the loose threads that have been created throughout the story. it was very satisfying to read through all of the adventures and get to the end… (even though I didn’t want the series to end at all!!!).

Links: Goodreads // The Author // The Publisher

I received an ARC of Afloat by Isabelle Adler from NineStar Press.

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