After a decade of cruising interstellar patrol ships, former Captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime Pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn’t commit—and shipped off to a remote prison planet from which no one ever escapes. But when she kills a brutal guard in an act of self-defense, someone even more dangerous emerges from the shadows.
Gabriel Sullivan—alpha mercenary, smuggler, and rogue—is supposed to be dead. Yet now this seductive ghost from Chaz’s past is offering her a ticket to freedom—for a price. Someone in the Empire is secretly breeding jukors: vicious and uncontrollable killing machines that have long been outlawed. Gabriel needs Chaz to help him stop the practice before it decimates imperial space. For Chaz, it’s a matter of survival. For Sully it means facing the truth about who—and what—he really is. The mission means putting their lives on the line—but the tensions that heat up between them may be the riskiest part of all.
Dislikes/likes (finishing on a high note):
Dislike~ I much prefer watching science fiction to reading it. I picked up this book because I’d heard great things about the author and the series, but because of my inclinations it did take me a while to get into. I think this was exacerbated by what seemed to me, after the action-packed first scene, to be a looong lead up to the meat of the story.
Like~ This author has a beautifully tight writing style that was a sheer pleasure to read. The world building was spot on and the characterisation terrific. Just plain goodness all round.
Dislike~ The main premise of the story – ‘breeding killers who are a danger to innocents everywhere’ – is certainly not a new one. However this didn’t bother me so much – I LIKE this storyline *g*. Instead, I found predictable a few of the mini conflicts/resolutions in the later stages of the book. A tad annoying for me because they occurred during the BIG climax.
As for the hero…. what’s not to like. Not only is he saving the world, he’s deeply in love and dedicated to the heroine. *sigh*
So, what I think:
If you like science fiction romance than this author is definitely worth a try.
I’ll be adding the next book in the series, Shades of Dark, to my TBB list.
‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to.