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Orion by A.S Johnson

Sunday, July 24, 2011
Commander Susan Davis, pilot of the space shuttle Orion, is a widow who isn't looking for love. But it finds her anyway, and in a most unusual place: space. Astronaut Chance Walker has been waiting five years for his time to shine, and the moment when he can tell the woman he loves about his undying affection. In the course of one night, both their lives will be changed forever. In each other's arms, their ultimate soul-searching journey begins. The novel Orion has it all. In addition to a second chance at love, this galactic romance is filled with joy, passion, tears, and a near-death experience. Join in this epic journey that travels around the world - and then some - to see if love conquers all. About the Author: A.S. Johnson is a disabled veteran who has always had a passion for writing. At nine years old, her goal was to go to college, become an astronaut, and the first woman on the moon. A Navy brat, she is the youngest daughter of six children. She attended Northwest Missouri State University and now lives in Phoenix. "I feel it is important to never stop learning." She is currently writing her next romance novel. Publisher's website:

Good Reads Summary

This book is not a typical romance.  Readers who enjoy science fiction mixed with romance, a plot hard to find in many novels, will be happy to discover this book.  The main character, Susan, is a Commander for a space shuttle.  She is also a widow; she still grieves for her husband.  Although she is not looking for love, she finds love via Chance.  Chance, also an astronaut, has loved Susan from afar.  Through a series of fast-paced events, the reader eagerly follows the love story between Susan and Chance. 

For readers who are not fans of romance, there is more to the plot than love scenes.  The novel does not have many slow, lingering scenes.  The author does not allow the reader time to despair of a possible romance, Chance and Susan become "more than colleagues"  quickly.  There is plenty of dialogue and drama.  Science fiction buffs will enjoy many scenes involving space shuttles and even some laboratory features-specifically health assessments.  The author clearly did research; the dialogue between the astronauts and the ground will sound official. 

The ending is both satisfying and happy.  The reader is not left on a cliff-hanger or too surprised-though the author does have one or two in store!  This novel will be enjoyed by adults who like romance and fiction. 

5 Stars