Unchained Memory is the first book in the Interstellar Rescue Series by Donna S. Frelick. I have really enjoyed reading this book, and series- coming into it a little backwards by starting with book four and working my way backwards to book one. So, as you can probably guess from my last statement, the books in this series can definitely be read as a standalone without feeling like you are missing out on anything, or any important parts of the story. But, there are other recurring characters in this story/series who are really interesting, and you will find yourself wondering about them and what’s in the other books- so expect that one book won’t be enough, and that you’ll want to catch up on the other stories, too.
This is a bit of a racy space adventure- a science fiction story, full of danger, suspense, emotion, action, adventure, mystery, secrets, and intrigue- all wrapped around a sizzlingly hot romance. But it was the emotive content of the story that I really wasn’t expecting- it snuck up on me, woven through the storyline, but coming to a head towards the end, where I spent the final chapter/s bawling my eyes out. Then add to the mix some combustible chemistry, many intense scenes, heartbreaking details, violence, abuse, danger, hidden agendas, betrayal, friendship, adversity, conspiracy, risk, love, loss, grief, heartache, sacrifices, and memory loss- and you have all the ingredients needed to make this a completely riveting read!
Asia Burdette works at a talent agency in Nashville, doing her best to put the past behind her- but not really succeeding. Her days are plagued with thoughts of what ifs, guilt, and heartache- and her nights are haunted my terrorizing nightmares that leave her with more questions than she has answers for. In a desperate attempt to put it all behind her once and for all, Asia finds herself at yet another Psychiatrist’s office- without any real confidence that he’ll be able to help her.
Ethan Roberts takes on difficult cases- and prides himself on being able to help. He takes this responsibility to his patients very seriously and is respectful and professional, no matter what. But his latest patient is testing his resolve, both personally and professionally- her story is heartbreaking and frightening. He feels for her and is determined to help her. Will Ethan believe her? Will he be able to help her? What happens when danger comes calling? Is there really someone with a hidden agenda, or is it just a misunderstanding? What they discover is so much bigger than either of them ever expected and will change both their lives forever.
The story transitions from past to present and back again through the story- developing a lot of the backstory and character background information. Ms. Frelick cleverly wove the past and present together into a smooth and intriguing read that had me engrossed the whole way through.
There is definitely more to this story than first meets the eye, and it’s more than worth your time, money and effort!
Another fascinating read from a fantastic storyteller!
Thank you, Ms. Frelick!
Reviewed by @angelahayes