Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Death Defying by Nina Croft

Title: Death Defying
Author: Nina Croft
My Rating: A 

Genre: Sci Fi Romance 
Series: Blood Hunter #3
Main Characters: Tannis and Callum
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Part snake, part human, and—some would say all bitch—Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador has one goal in life—to earn enough credits to pay for the Meridian treatment to achieve the immortality she craves. And one last job will get her there. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe.

Being leader of the known universe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks big time. And after five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of his mind. But as things are changing, he’s changing—into what, though, he isn’t sure. Callum is determined to discover the truth, and he’s employed the crew of El Cazador to help him do it.

Not everyone agrees with his plan, though. His own people will stop at nothing to prevent the truth coming out, the Church is taking advantage of the confusion and attempting a coup, and even the crew of El Cazadorseem close to tossing him out the airlock without a space suit. But defying death has never been more dangerous, sexier, or more fun.

My Review:
There's not much romance like this out right now. This is a sci fi series set in a futuristic world of space ships and other planets. This is #3 in the series and I think you'd be fine reading this one as a stand-alone, but I recommend all three books. The series is really good and so creative. I've loved it. 

This book is about Tannis, the Captain of the El Cazador, the space ship owned by the vampire, Rico. Tannis and Rico have been partners for a long time, but I loved this book because it showed how their partnership evolved 15 years ago when they escaped from a medical experimentation facility. At the time of their escape she had lived in that facility for 16 years...from the time she was 4 years old. As a result, that time shaped who she became....a tough, no-nonsense chick. It also made her determined to get the Meridian ultra-expensive treatment that makes the recipient virtually immortal. The Meridian treatments are issued by the Collective which is run by Callum. 

Callum is an interesting character. He fell into his roll as leader of the Collective by happenstance. It's a job with extreme power and responsibilities ruling over a huge universe. He's done the job for several centuries...several centuries of delegating responsibilities and decisions. As he works with Tannis's crew he suddenly begins to realize that all those decisions that he basically made on paper had real-life ramifications to real people that he never considered. He's responsible for lots of really horrific acts...and that makes him an interesting hero. He's not innocent, by any means, but he's not a bad guy either. 

Callum hires Tannis's ship and crew to take him to the planet where Meridian is mined. Something is changing with the physiology of those people who have taken the dose and he wants answers...something that his government is not happy about. He hopes that Tannis's crew and talents can keep his government away while they find answers. Complicating things even further is the Church, another entity that is enemies with the Collective. The Church has decided to destroy the planet where the Meridian is mined. It's a race across the galaxy to see who can get there first. 

I enjoyed the romance between Tannis and Callum a lot. The sparks between the two of them are amazing and the sex scenes are incredibly hot, but it's more than just that. Callum is used to getting his way. I like how that changes throughout the book and as things become more and more obvious through the book to him, he slowly begins to give Tannis the space that she needs. But then in the end, the scenes between them are so tender and so loving. They broke my heart. 

And let's talk about the end here a bit (no worries, it will be spoiler-free). Over an over in the last 30% of the book I gasped and cried as my heart twisted and broke. There are so many edge-of-your-seat moments at the end of this book. I didn't plan to finish the book the night that I did so, but I hit a certain point in the story and there was absolutely no way I was putting the book down again. There are several really shocking things that happen and twists that I did not see coming. It was almost written like this was the final book in the series. I hope it's not just because I love this crew and this world. I'm hoping it's just evolving into a slightly new world, but we shall see. Regardless, though, it was an excellent book and I highly recommend it and the entire series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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