Writing good romantic science fiction books is a challenge for many authors. I’m happy to say that Robin Popp has risen to the challenge, taken it by the ears, and conquered it soundly with her thrilling debut novel “Too Close To the Sun”. The “romance” takes place between rough-and-tumble smuggler Angel Torrence and Security Officer Nicoli Romanof. And they’re a match made in — well, wherever galactic matches are made.
This is an action-packed book that rushes headlong into each peril, sort of like a romance crossed with a Saturday afternoon matinee. The planets may change, but Angel and Nicoli end up in trouble on each one, learning to trust each other, rely on each other, and eventually surrender to their love for each other.
I adored the plot – which features a truly evil race of “Harvestors”, and a very ingenious mechanism for separating the body from the brain. It was clever, tidy, nicely integrated into the book as a whole, and although the couple whizzes through hyperspace like a comet on cocaine, the reader never loses track of things, but just hangs on for the ride. Angel and Nicoli are splendid together, lighting up star systems and each other with their passion. The conclusion is satisfying, effective, and ties up all the loose ends, leaving the reader with a smile and a sigh. Too Close To The Sun is a book that lives up to its title - it will make you melt! I recommend it.