I was captivated by the blurb and so was eager to read this Sci-Fi Romance about a woman bounty hunter, her quarry that declares he is not what she has been told, and a survival adventure full of intrigue and passion. It’s been a while since I picked up a Sci-Fi Romance and I had never read this author’s work so I was ready for an engaging read and I got it.
The story opens with Bounty Hunter Gemmina Nayar responding to a request for her services from the enigmatic and reclusive wealthy businessman, Jason Naveen. Naveen has captured a man from another race who was trespassing and done despicable things to another planetary race. It seems an easy enough job- a hunt and retrieval. Then she starts to suspect all isn’t what it seems particularly once she meets Naveen and the prisoner, Syan. Too late, things go bad and it is too her prisoner that she must turn for help to survive.
Things get off the ground quickly and continue to move along at a rapid pace, but this makes sense with it being novella-length. The backdrop is established briefly and effectively, the situation, the characters, and the plot do not suffer. I enjoyed the establishment of Syan’s alien-ness and the cultural differences along with the personal issues that Gemmina struggles against. She had a rough life and trust isn’t easy for her. The intrigue portion of the plot was a nice addition too. What is going on and why are ongoing questions through to the final surprising twist. I figured out some, but still enjoyed the whole.
The romance is a cross between slow developing and fated mate. Syan comes from a race that recognizes their life mate on sight, but Gemmina is human and leery so things are slower. They have attraction and there is some heat. Syan is truly heroic and impressive, but I loved how he respected Gemmina’s strengths and good qualities too.
So, in conclusion, this shorter, exciting and engaging story makes me want more from this author and the series. Sci-Fi Romance lovers should try it.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #178 Sci-Fi Rom
New to Me #88 author/series