Other Options by Pembroke Sinclair

OPTIONS

Other Options by Pembroke Sinclair
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (31 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Eddie has a great life with a loving wife and fabulous job. His work keeps him away from home for long stretches of time, but he counts down the moments until he gets to be back in his wife’s arms. He would do anything for her. Unfortunately, she doesn’t feel the same way, and plans on leaving Eddie for another man. Feeling crushed and betrayed, Eddie has a hard time trusting women. He knows it’s unfair; he knows not every woman is as evil as his ex-wife, but he can’t deny his feelings. As an ice miner, he’s expected to spend months at a time on his ship. Much to his chagrin, he is forced to spend it with Rie. Will being trapped on a ship with a woman help Eddie get over his fear and hatred of women and move on with his life? Are there any other options?

Eddie Muroe is extremely excited to be returning home and to his wife. What he finds though is that she’s been seeing another man while he was away with work, and now she’s in the process of moving out, leaving him behind. Heartbroken, Eddie requests to have a shipmate who isn’t a female, unable to bear the thought of being away for a few months in close confines with a woman. Unfortunately for him, there aren’t any other assignments, and he faces the prospect of being on a ship for three months with Rie Danalgo. Determined to not lose his career, Eddie tries to keep things professional and his personal problems under wraps.

Slowly though, they stop avoiding one another and share small things, cooking meals together, target practice and games of cribbage. As the days turn into weeks both Eddie and Rie get closer and slowly a hesitant trust and friendship blossoms between them amongst the alien landscape. This is sweet romance, mostly centered around the pain of betrayal and the healing and tender opening of the heart afterwards. Set in a world full of missions and space travel, hydro-mining and a somewhat alternate reality it’s a wonderful mixture of emotional romance and science fiction. A gentle, heartwarming story; I really enjoyed this.

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