By Linnea Sinclair
Steamy Science Fiction
Paperback, 447 pages
Published by Bantam Spectra
Released October 25th 2005
Chaz has been falsely accused of a crime and sent to a prison planet where no one survives long. Her military training keeps her alive long enough for Gabriel Sullivan to find her. Sully, a man who was supposed to have died years before, was a pain in her side when she was part of the fleet, keeping her constantly on the run with a cat and mouse game she never fully understood. The fact that he’s there to rescue her leaves her more than skeptical. But there are bigger things at stake than Chaz’s concerns. Someone is breeding vicious creatures, killing machines that were outlawed long ago. In a universe where Chaz can trust no one else, she has to learn whether she can trust herself around Sully.
The plot and pacing of this novel leave you with little time to catch your breath. Ms. Sinclair walks that delicate tightrope between romance and danger, concocting a story that pulls you in, tugs at your heart, tosses it against the wall and then finds a way to heal any breaks.
Her characterization is clever and compelling, the settings are vivid and unique. The alien races she’s created are not so alien as to be off putting and the relationship she’s created is organic, albeit quick.
Completely unrelated to the content: The cover is tragically embarrassing. But if you can’t get past that, there’s always ebook format.
Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
If you’re into both SF and Romance, go for it. This is totally a Buy. If you’re not into the former, but still into the latter, I’d suggest borrowing this one (and if you like it, take a chance on the rest of her books). If you’re a hard core SF buff who doesn’t like cream in his coffee… you might want to Brush Past this one (even in ebook format).