Review: Aliens, Smith and Jones by Blaine D. Arden

Aliens, Smith and JonesAliens, Smith and Jones by Blaine D. Arden

My rating: 3.5 stars

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Noah is an alien who became trapped on Earth in the 1600s. Feeling a connection to a human for the first time in hundreds of years, he seeks out the man, only to find Connor is an agent for Primrose, an alien-tracking agency. Worse than that, Connor is already happy with a boyfriend at his side. But the link is something not easily broken. Will fate pull them together or will their special link fall by the wayside?

I’m a huge fan of the X-Files and had a time in my life where I was practically obsessed with anything alien. So I was quite excited to discover an alien-themed M/M romance novel. I received the paperback for Xmas and was really looking forward to reading Aliens, Smith and Jones.

However, for a novel that is one part mystery and one part romance, it only really succeeds at the romance. The bond between Connor and Noah is deep, intense and quite beautiful. Watching them become closer as they discover the nature of their connection is quite satisfying. The supporting cast is pretty strong and I especially loved Connor’s assistant, Isa, who is always trying to set Connor up with dates. I also liked reading about the work of the Primrose agency as they tracked down aliens.

Sadly, the mystery element of the novel is very predictable. I had figured out who the main villain was barely a quarter of the way into the book, and I was disappointed to discover I was not wrong. The novel lacks the usual misdirection required to fool the reader into believing someone else is possibly the villain. Without that, the answer is pretty obvious from the very beginning. With a limited cast, there are only a few people that could be at fault, and the clues were very easy to piece together.

Another drawback was how much of the action seemed to take place in the last five minutes. Everything wraps up at such breakneck speed that it’s almost impossible to process all of the required emotions at the huge events that unfold.

Despite my drawbacks, I still enjoyed Aliens, Smith and Jones. It just didn’t quite live up to my very high expectations for a novel of this type. It’s still a very good alien-flavored romance, and if that’s what you’re looking for you won’t be disappointed.

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