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Pub Date 14 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 28 Nov 2023


Winter's Orbit meets Ilona Andrews in this sexy enemies-to-lovers romance.

“Constance Fay...wildly combines heart-stirring romance with a high-stakes adventure in a wonderfully deep space odyssey. This passionate story is a heady mix of suspense, romance, and intrigue, all set within an intricate and intriguing new world!”--Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times bestselling author of You Can Hide

The captain of a ragtag mercenary ship is given an offer she can't refuse by the ruthless head of an intergalactic noble family. The only catch? She'll have to team up with his son--an upsettingly competent hardbody with his own agenda--to get her reward.

She’s got a ramshackle spaceship, a misfit crew, and a big problem with its sexy newest member…

Temperance Reed, banished from the wealthy and dangerous Fifteen Families, just wants to keep her crew together after their feckless captain ran off with the intern. But she’s drowning in debt and revolutionary new engine technology is about to make her beloved ship obsolete.

Enter Arcadio Escajeda. Second child of the terrifying Escajeda Family, he’s the thorn in Temper’s side as they’re sent off on a scouting mission on the backwater desert planet of Herschel 2. They throw sparks every time they meet but Temper’s suspicions of his ulterior motives only serve to fuel the flames between them.

Despite volcanic eruptions, secret cultists, and deadly galactic fighters, the greatest threat on this mission may be to Temper’s heart.

Winter's Orbit meets Ilona Andrews in this sexy enemies-to-lovers romance.

“Constance Fay...wildly combines heart-stirring romance with a high-stakes adventure in a wonderfully deep space odyssey...

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Constance Fay does a great job in creating this debut novel, it worked well with the scifi elements and did everything that I was hoping it would. I loved how it had what I enjoyed from Firefly and be it’s own thing. The characters were what I was hoping for and enjoyed every second of it.

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This was such a fun, sexy and action-packed read! Perfect if you like snarky banter, a steamy romance, and some amazing fight scenes.

Temper is captain of a shakey but well loved ship, The Quest. When a member of one of the Families temporarily joins the crew for a mission, Temper's strengths and weaknesses both are tested. In this hot enemies-to-lovers romance, the author also builds an amazing story that continued to surprise me. This quick read is more than meets the eye!

I was caught up in this in so many ways. The romance was romancing, the other members of the crew were giving such good found family vibes, and the scifi , the world, was so fun to read about.

Definitely recommend this!

Out November 14, 2023!

Thank you, Netgalley and Publisher, for this Arc!

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An enemies to lovers romcom in SPACE?!? Dream. Book.

CALAMITY was fast-paced, exciting, snarky, funny, and just spicy enough for the likes of me, with well-developed, complicated characters, an interesting plot, excellent world-building, and SO MUCH action. I absolutely loved every minute of this book and am already officially dying to read book two in the series. READ THIS, especially if you're a fan of Firefly.

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I absolutely loved this story! The slow progression to allies, then friends, and then lovers so well written. The plot was a bit complex at times but I was still very invested in the characters, their mission and most of all, in their romance. Overall really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who likes sci-fi.

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I was so excited to get my hands on Calamity by debut author Constance Fay. There for sure are not enough action-packed, space-themed romances out there and this book did not disappoint!

Who doesn’t love a crew of found family misfit outcasts, a crazy cult, and a mysterious love interest who may be up to way more than we think.

I loved how easy it was to fall into this story. There was action right from the beginning and it just kept coming. Temper is such a fun and witty character, I thought that banter between her and her crew was wonderful and you could really tell that these characters really care for each other.

I also found it super refreshing to have a main character who gives in to her desires with the love interest instead of fighting with them and herself about it for most of the book. Definitely a great read!

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This was a delightful sci-fi romance romp. It had the right amount of snark, adventure, and romance. The characters were interesting and I can't wait to see where the world building takes up. All in all a great read.

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Kicks off at a fast pace that sucks you in and keeps it going, definitely a good fit for out libraries.

Thank you to NetGalley and Tor for the ARC.

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Warring families and an exiled heiress turned captain with an extraordinary mission that will test the limits of her crew and her own heart. Compulsively readable with a narrative that frames an intense origin story, Calamity is a space odyssey unlike any other. Entangling found family, a high-stakes mission, and unforeseen romance, its true strength lies in the relentless heroine at its center. Like Temperance Reed is literally MY GIRL you don't understand. Calamity has all the makings of an addictive science fiction story and will surely be a new favorite romance for readers everywhere. Prepare to dive in and have your heart set ablaze.

My full review will be up on my blog closer to publication.

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You want it? A lush, deeply satisfying space adventure that has it all: a found-family of misfits, a protagonist with a killer voice, steamy romance founded on mutual respect, banter to die for and so much more that it seeps into your bones? Get ready for a star-crossed love story pulled from the streets of Verona that will make you bark with laughter and swell with warmth. You’ll root for Temperance and her crew along with the rest of us and wonder where the heck Constance Fay has been all these years. Calamity is finally here and it has so been worth the wait.

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Calamity was honestly one of my most anticipated books of 2023, and it absolutely lived up to the hype. Constance Fay is a new author to me and I was blown away by her writing. This sci-fi novel had such a cool and well thought out universe. I am a complete sucker for an operatic, family dynasty sci-fi novel.
I love the trope of found family and I’m so excited to see the secondary characters stories. Hopefully the secondary characters get their own future books! Overall I really really enjoyed this book. For anybody who ever watched f the tv shoe Firefly, this is the book for us!
Thank you to #netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you so much to the publisher and to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

This was a FANTASTIC book that I immensely enjoyed! After I finished, I looked to see what other works the author, Constance Fay, had published, and I was shocked to discover this is her first published novel, which speaks to her talent and sophistication as a writer.

This novel is equal parts romance and plot, which is great for those who love sci-fi or space opera, but wish there was a bit more kissing (and other activities) involved. If I have one complaint about the novel, it is that the romance developed too quickly and didn't quite feel 'earned.' That said, I'm used to reading series that develop a romance over the course of many novels, so that may have skewed my perspective.

The FMC was phenomenal and written to be a complex, fully-realized person, as were most of the side characters. The MMC was certainly swoon-worthy, but also just a *bit* too perfect to be entirely believable. Again, this may be personal preference. The complexity of the writing was nicely done, the pacing was perfect, and I enjoyed the world-building. I hope to see more by this author. It feels as though this is the first in a series of stand-alone novels, each about a different character finding their happily-ever-after, but honestly, I would love to see more novels with this main character - Temperance Reed - as the FMC, as I really enjoyed reading from her perspective.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys sci-fi/romance, and the works of Jessie Mihalik, Jenny Schwartz, and Jennifer Estep's 'Galactic Bonds' series. 5/5 stars!

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