Seb is not looking forward to this
three-week run where he is going to be forced to spend
untold hours in a small space with North or spend more
energy than he has avoiding the man. Because, bottom line,
sleeping with North while he is still hung up on his
ex-husband is a bad idea, especially the night before
leaving on such a long run.
North is having a really awful time
sitting next to Seb, the man he has lusted after for such a
long time, and knows that the encounter that they shared
meant nothing to him while it meant the world to North. So
North is taking his revenge by being sarcastic and
condescending at any chance he gets.
Jatila is angry with life, but most
especially with North for dumping her when she thought their
relationship had potential to become more. Not only does he
dump her, but North does it because all this time, he has
been interested in someone else. And when Jatila finds out
who had North’s interest, she is ready to blow a gasket.
However, this complicated triangle of
unrequited love gets more complicated when they are
attacked. The stakes get higher and sacrifices need to be
made. Will they survive to keep sniping at each other? Or
will they fall under the attack of the hostile aliens?
Interstitial is a wonderful sci-fi read with
its witty characters who are full of self-deprecating
thoughts while they snipe at each other mercilessly. This is
not your traditional romance. The chemistry and banter
between Seb, North, and Jatila is a lot of fun and it keeps
the pace of the book fast and smooth. Also, Ann Somerville
skillfully peppers the narrative with revealing flashbacks
to explain the character’s reactions and attitudes while
injecting humor through it all. It should be noted that the
end of this book leaves it open for the exploration of the
relationships we see the seeds of in Interstitial.
I thoroughly enjoyed Interstitial from start
to finish as it takes a path often avoided in traditional
romance novels – that of the rocky beginning of a
relationship, and making the journey interesting and
emotionally powerful through the use of the violent alien
attack. The ending will leave you wishing that story hadn’t
stopped so soon and hoping Ann Somerville brings them back!
When you are in the mood for a well-written sci-fi novel
with characters who will engage you from their first
appearance on the page, pick up Interstitial.
You will be very glad you did!