30 December 2014

Death Defying by Nina Croft

 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 Cazador seem close to tossing him out the airlock without a space suit. But defying death has never been more dangerous, sexier, or more fun.
Death Defying is a wild and intense ride full of mystery, action, tragedy and love.

The crew of the El Cazador has taken on a new mission, one that’s going to pay off big financially and help Captain Tannis finally get the Meridian treatment she’s been dreaming of for ages.  All she and her crew have to do is escort and protect the most famous man in the Universe, Callum Meridian. What seems like an easy mission turns into something far more dangerous. Callum Meridian’s presence on the ship is making Tannis and her crew angry and uncomfortable. On top of the awkwardness, the Collective has put out a wanted notice to get Callum back and the Church is demanding the crew return Alex.

Tannis has to decide whether protecting Callum and helping him discover the truth behind Meridian is even worth the danger and emotional confusion. With all their lives on the line and her heart at stake will Tannis be able to complete the mission and will she and her crew get their happy endings?

The book is jammed pack with lots of action between the war with the Collective, the Church and the Rebels and the issues and questions regarding the truth behind Meridian, there isn’t a moment of peace. However, with all the action the focus remains on Tannis, her relationship with her crew and her intense attraction to the powerful Callum Meridian. The story starts off with a flash to the past retelling the backstory of how Rico and Tannis first met. Through that backstory we get to know how Tannis and Rico became such great friends, what led her to become the Captain of Rico’s ship, and why she’s so motivated about getting the Meridian treatment.  

I loved getting to know more about Tannis. The insight into her past explained a great deal concerning her uneasiness toward Callum and he confusion over her growing feelings toward the Collective leader. Callum is an interesting character. I enjoyed reading his growth and development from bored self-absorbed leader of the Collective to caring, heroic friend and lover. Callum and Tannis were hot together, perfect on every level and I loved every minute of their interaction.

 Croft does a great job with character development and the storyline is exciting. I enjoyed the introduction of the Rebel leader and getting a little insight into that side of the war. There were several devastating moments that had me in tears and for a second there I thought the worse had happened. I do wish we could have gotten to know some of the characters who didn’t make it a bit more before they were taken away from us. Perhaps some time in the future Croft will write a short novella retelling their stories.


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