I’ve been missing from the TBR Challenge for two months! Oops! Life got in the way and things were a bit hectic but I’m determined to get back on the wagon. At least…for May. 🙂
The Theme: Something Different
The Book: Collision Course by Zoe Archer
Why it was in my TBR pile: I’m a huge Star Trek fan, so you would think I read more scifi romance but…I don’t. I do, however, occasionally pick up one along the way that strikes my fancy. This book originally came out in 2011. It’s been in my TBR pile for ages. Years, at least. Since this month’s theme was something different, I decided it was a good time to explore a genre I like but don’t read enough of.
In a galaxy torn apart by war…
Mara Skiren is a scavenger, a black-market dealer. Blackmailed into helping Commander Kell Frayne infiltrate a treacherous corner of the galaxy, Mara learns that her biggest danger is from her sexy, by-the-book partner. She’s a loner with more than a few battle scars on her heart, but something about Commander Frayne stirs up her long-buried need for an intimate connection.
An ace pilot for the elite Black Wraith Squadron, Kell’s mission is to rescue a lost pilot and ship. Unable to deny his attraction to the beautiful, rebellious Mara, he decides bedding her would cool his ardor. But one taste is not nearly enough, and he finds himself sharing more of his real self with her than he has with anyone.
With deadly criminals on their heels and an increasingly dangerous assignment to complete, he’s starting to wonder…if they survived, could he let her go? And will Mara want to stay?
When I re-read the blurb, I instantly knew why I picked this book up and piled it onto my TBR list. It has a ton of my own personal capnip: enemies-to-lovers, a rescue mission, steamy romance and the promise of lots of action and danger. I’m happy to say, this book delivered in all the right ways.
Mara is just the kind of heroine I love. She’s bold, smart and doesn’t take any BS from anyone. When we meet her, she’s pissed – mostly because she’s being blackmailed into a rescue mission she wants no part of. Mara’s in a tough situation and she knows it, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to gain some ground anyway. She’s a fighter and a survivor and she’s not looking for anyone to rescue her or protect her. The fact that she is instantly attracted to Kell is annoying but she’s determined to keep it on the back burner.
Kell doesn’t want to work with Mara any more than she does with him, but he’s smart enough to recognize he needs her help. The pilot and ship he needs to rescue is in a part of the galaxy he can’t get into with her. Going undercover and trusting a woman he doesn’t know is difficult for Kell. He’s used to being in charge and calling the shots, but Mara quickly earns his respect and, slowly, his trust.
Since Mara and Kell come from different worlds – she’s a rogue scavenger running on the outskirts of the law and Kell is an fighter pilot – their romance has some bumps along the way. Even with their mutual attraction and respect, there are some hurdles they have to cross to get to the HEA. Both Mara and Kell are outsiders to a certain extent, both looking for a place of belonging and both of them have found it in their own way. It was so interesting to see how those world views collided and it was fun to watch the slow change and realizations both of them come to about themselves and each other.
This book is actually a novella but it didn’t read that way. It was fast paced but I still bought into the world, the mission and the romance. The characters were fantastic – I loved both of them. There was enough action and danger to keep the ball rolling. All in all, it was a nearly perfect read and one I would highly recommend if you like scifi romance.