I really loved reading this book, but... never has a book brought the old writing adage of "show, don't tell" so strongly to my mind.
That aside, there's lots to love about Star Marque Rising. The book does a decent job of the arrogant #*@! protagonist, keeping it fairly light while still slowly building on his better nature. There's a fairly thick smattering of "the ends justify the means" and the story has some lovely little twists along the way to keep it interesting.
It's really sad that all this is kind of forced down your throat by the heavy-handedness of the writing. Everything, from emotions to plot points, are explicitly put into words which hampers the flow of the story and makes it much less immersive. Don't tell me someone is angry, show me how they react to a situation. And if you do go to the effort of describing the emotional state, please don't then state it in the next sentence.
Hopefully, this can be remedied in future works by the author because there's enough in here to make me want to see a second instalment.
I review this voluntarily after receiving a free copy.