Feb 042015
 
Review: Echo 8Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Published by Tor on Feb 3, 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: ARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Three lives. Two worlds. One chance to save them all.

As a parapsychologist working for Seattle Psi, Tess has devoted her life to studying psychic phenomena. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world that's been struck by an asteroid, nothing in her training will help her survive what's to come.

After dislocating to Seattle Psi from the other Earth, Jake is confined by a special task force for study. But when he drains life energy from Tess, almost killing her, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds — and creates a bond neither of them expected.

Ross is an FBI agent ordered to protect Tess while she studies Jake. His assignment is not random — he and Tess have a history, and a connection the Bureau hopes to use to its own advantage. By the time Ross realizes his mission could be compromised, it's already too late — he'll have to choose between his love for Tess and his duty to protect the people of his own Earth.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is a science fiction story with a strong romance element. It has a love triangle that is complex and very fun to read. Unlike most love triangles, the circumstances dictate that there isn’t really a “who will she pick” angle, just a lot of layers that made it feel unique.

I found the romance in the story was hot and steamy, but also very fast. The relationships proceed at a breakneck speed which seems almost too fast, until you realize the entire book moves at the same speed. Then it starts to make sense and seem less rushed, but there are definitely no long simmering romances here.

The science in the book was both well thought out and not overly complicated. For readers who like very classic feeling sci-fi, this may seem a little glossed over, but I found there was a good balance of detail but it didn’t get so technical that it went over my head. I found it easy to buy into the concept and abilities of the Echos. It helped make the story seem smooth and believable enough to be highly enjoyable.

Overall, this story satisfied my love of sci-fi, and my desire for the occasional steamy romance. It was a good mix of the two, and offered a unique situation which made the dreaded love triangle really work and make sense. This is definitely a book worth checking out.

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