Killers. Thieves. Pirates. Family.
Mercy Kincaid is a fugitive from her own family. Her dangerous telepathic gifts make her a target. So is anyone she gets close to. When her best friend is captured and tortured, Mercy’s only hope is to reunite with the family that tried to murder her as a child. She trusts few among her blood relatives, but finds herself intrigued by an enigmatic and dangerous killer.
Reaper has spent a lifetime watching his people die. He's vowed to kill anyone who jeopardizes their survival. Mercy’s gifts are the biggest threat they’ve faced in eleven years, since a biological weapon nearly annihilated the pirate colonies. But Reaper realizes her talents can either destroy them, or save them. He must decide if he’s fallen victim to her power, or if he can truly trust the beautiful woman and her compelling abilities. If he makes the wrong choice, everyone dies.
Pirate Nemesis is the first book in an ongoing science fiction romance series. If you like compelling world-building, fantastic characters, and sizzling romance, then you'll love Carysa Locke's new twist on an old genre.
I was introduced to Carysa Locke’s Telepathic Space Pirate world and her writing through her novella contribution in the Pets In Space anthology last year. While that was good, this full-length story that expanded on that one with the dark and dangerous world, stunning characters, and tough action suspense plot of Pirate Nemesis as told by Carly Robin was infinitely better.
Yes, Pirate Nemesis is technically the first book in the series, but the above mentioned novella and two others stories are prequels that chronologically come first and introduce some of the characters who appear as side characters in this story.
Mercy Kincaid is one strong as steel heroine. She and her best friend go through harrowing and horrific things. Mercy even more so as she has lived on the run in fear her whole life. Turns in she was caught between two powerful enemies and now the pirates want her too.
I liked Mercy as a heroine. She wasn’t stupid and was actually quite put together all things considered. I thought the author caught just the right balance with her cautious vulnerability and her bravado, her reactions as she got the truth about things and discovered there is much more to her situation than she ever knew. The addition of ruthless and cold Reaper along with the rest of the pirates and their world along with the enemy group that tortured Mercy and planned worse for all psychic people just made this an intense ride.
The romance was slow burn as a result of all the other matters that are going on plus this is the intro to an ongoing story about Mercy and the others. I loved what came for her and Reaper. They are good together. Reaper’s psychic power that is connected to killing makes him a scary person to everyone and he truly is dangerous so he knows to keep his distance. Mercy is the first person outside his family who wants him close and trusts him. And he, even though Mercy is the embodiment of all that he has hated and mistrusted, makes him wish that he was like everyone else and could have a relationship and have feelings for another. I was really rooting for this pair.
But, I do wish I had known that this was to be a reverse harem romance series when I picked this one up. I approach that differently than I do a monogamous couple romance. Maybe I should have picked up on it sooner with all the hints about women being in short supply and others choosing multiple consorts, but there were also couples and Mercy and Reaper didn’t seem the type open to sharing so it took until near the end for me to clue in. This knowledge doesn’t alter my very favorable opinion of the book, but just my expectations.
I really enjoyed the truly vile villain in this one. He’s a psychopath with great power and he takes pleasure and interest in inflicting pain and suffering. At other times, he does it merely as scientific experimentation with no feelings at all. Makes my skin crawl.
The story finishes out a main story arc, but leaves things open for more to come. No cliffhangers just hints.
This was my first time with Carly Robbins as narrator. Wow! She’s a keeper. I enjoyed her work on this story with all its characters including mostly men, the variety of situations and emotions, and her really good job with Mercy. I felt I was right there in the moment with the story, but not because she overdid the acting just because she told a story well.
So, all in all, my first full-length novel from the author was a wild success and I definitely plan to get more from the Telepathic Space Pirates series. Sci-Fi Romance fans who like it a notch or two darker should give this one a go.
My thanks to Tantor audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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