Review: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

Cover for Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

Title: Polaris Rising

Author: Jessie Mihalik

Series: Consortium Rebellion #1

Pages: 451

5 out of 5 stars
5 stars – I loved it!

I can’t believe I have put this series off for so long. From the very beginning, I couldn’t put this book down and loved every minute of it. 

Ada von Hasenberg has been on the run from an arranged marriage, but her luck finally runs out. When she is captured she finds herself teaming up with her fellow prisoner, Marcus Loch, a dangerous criminal who has a surprisingly protective side. Ada’s determination to elude capture and gather information about the enemy house made this a nonstop adventure that I couldn’t put down. 

Ada was a wonderful and determined heroine. I loved that she uses her Consortium training to fight against their rules and live her own life. She never gives up and is always determined to go down fighting. I enjoyed watching Ada struggle with her growing feelings for Marcus and fight her instincts of pushing people away. Their relationship was filled with so much tension and I enjoyed every minute of it. 

“I want you,”….“I know we’re too different and I don’t care. We can make a relationship work.”

Marcus Loch was a very dangerous man who had a surprisingly sweet side once he opened up. I loved how protective he was of Ada from the very beginning, even if it was confusing for Ada at first. His past also taught him to keep people at a distance so these two really had to fight their urges to push each other away any time intense emotion came up. My only complaint about Loch was that we never got his POV and I would have loved to have seen his side of the story, especially during Ada’s capture. 

This was a wonderful slow building, tense, and very steamy relationship that kept me hooked from the very beginning. I loved watching these two learn to trust each other and fall in love. On top of a great romance, Mihalik did a great job at setting up this world and the political situation that Ada and Loch are dealing with. I really can’t wait to jump into book two now and see what happens next in this world.  

Trigger Warnings: death of women and children recounted; genetic experimentation on humans; bodily injuries;


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