Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: Regeneration by Louise Lyons

RegenerationTitle ~ Regeneration

Author ~ Louise Lyons

Published ~ 15th January 2017

Genre ~ Sci-Fi M/M Romance





In the 23rd Century in the galaxy of Sigma Kappa, Kim Fortune was the first surviving experimental enhanced human—a regenerate. Aged fifteen, he escaped the lab and years later, his failings as a regenerate and the suspicion of regular humans, leave him lonely and lacking in self-worth. Stranded on an abandoned planet, the arrival of a stricken ship and its crew give him hope that he may finally find what he always longed for—love.
Christian Novak is a successful regenerate with all the intended attributes—including lack of human emotion. Despite their immediate attraction to each other, Kim's failing confidence, and Christian's inability to empathize are a recipe for disaster. But war, imprisonment, and danger throw them together, and after each saves the other's life, their feelings begin to change.
Can a seemingly unsuitable pair ever find love, or is a future together destined to fail?


Freya’s Review

Regeneration is a jaunt into the world of the futuristic, where DNA is manipulated to serve those with an agenda.

Kim Fortune is lonely. He wasn’t meant to be able to feel/be emotional, but the regeneration scientists messed up, citing him a failure. Having escaped the lab that created him, his ship crashed on a planet inhabited by Panther-like creatures. There, he reflects on his world, people, and his situation, until another ship suffers the same fate. The inhabitants of the transporter change Kim’s life. More specifically a prisoner named Christian Novak, an also flawed regen on his way to being ‘adjusted’.

Initially, it may seem that this story is about escaping a volatile planet. It is much more than that. The author has created a universe for her characters and readers. For each planet visited, the detailed scene building gave me a finite picture of the place, and characters, who, for the majority, were immediately up front about their lives, and intentions. It made a change to read a story that didn’t have hidden meanings and undercurrents. In some cases, it was as straight forward as fundamentally – horny, have a dick, will follow. It made my reading entertaining, but not taxing – a definite plus. That’s not to say there weren’t twists and turns, drama and angst – they were all there.

The story is told in the first person from two POV’s, Kim Fortune and eventually Christian Novak. Overall, the technical aspects are good. Having said that, there’s the occasional favoured repeated phrase; namely people telling Kim, what a strong person he is (emotionally). And Kim has a habit that, unfortunately, is one of my pet hates. It is the nervously biting lip syndrome. It’s my bad to cope with, but I’ve read it in soooo many stories that, the action has dug into my subconscious and, whenever I read it, I flinch.

Outwardly Kim has a feminine physicality, and Novak the consummate protective warrior. However, Kim has some tricks up his sleeve that allows him to survive where others may not. And he has an inner strength, maybe stubbornness, that is admirable. He’s a nerd with some serious moves. Irrespective of intimate scenes, the interactions between Kim and Novak sizzle. Neither man has been designed to feel, but, there’s a simmering attraction between them. The other characters complete a rounded cast, from the mothering type and sassy, to obnoxious, but it is Kim and Novak who shine. I’ll admit – I wanted to be Kim, for no other reason to have my own Novak.

Compared to the central part of the story, the start is slow. But, once the action started, it was well paced, and I found it impossible not to get caught up with the characters and the world presented. Amongst a mixture of classic characters and classic situations as well as a dose of the unusual, I experienced an array of emotions. For quite some time, the author keeps the reader on edge with the – will they stay together or part ways. After all, love can be blind until the glaringly obvious is pointed out and believed. Can they be more than their “programming” and be something unique, together? You’ll have to read about it.

Regeneration is a story of survival on the run, life and death situations, worlds at war, separation, and yes, there’s some loving in there, too. It’s all in the perseverance to find a place to fit and live in peace.

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Meet Louise Lyons

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself. Email:



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