Ah, it’s good to know that the ability to tell a ‘swashbuckler’ tale is not dead. I just love light-hearted adventure stories where the heroes are capable, but get into and out of tight spots with a bit of dash. This was truly a fun read from start to finish. There are many contemporary references and language that was fine with me and didn’t detract from the story because it was space cowboys (yum)- saloons, drawling speech and six-shooters.
The story line is pretty simple, but yet kept my interest between the romance and the action. It all begins when Torin and Cookie stop in a spaceport to find a pilot for their ship because the last one has run off to get married. Before their search really gets started, they find themselves racing with the authorities on their heels back to their ship in the company of a guy who persuades them to take him on as their pilot as long as they get him off the planet quickly. Torin finds himself bristling when the cocky man capably pilots them into space and starts to make himself at home on the ship.
Rain has diddled with the Governor’s son and now finds himself in need of healthier environs when the Governor comes after him. He sweet talks his way into becoming the pilot for a small freighter. Things are obviously not all on the level and he knows the captain is keeping back a lot of information. Rain wants an adventure so he goes along with it all, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to wheedle the information out of the rest of the crew and flirt with the gorgeous formidable captain.
The intensity ramps up when Torin finally gives in to Rain’s flirting and finally trusts him with what their next mission entails. But outside circumstances put pressure on them and they end up in a real tight spot.
As I said before, this plot is light adventure and an antagonistic ‘opposites attract’ romance. I like all the characters that make up Torin’s crew and found that Torin and Rain worked well as a couple- the pirate and the adventurer.
I recommend this for those who enjoy an M/M Sci-Fi Romance that’s light on the Sci-Fi, but heavier on the Romance while giving a strong dose of adventure to top it off.
Thanks to Net Galley for providing the story for review purposes.