Winter Fusion by Anna Hackett
Series: Perma #1
Published: December 3, 2012 by Carina Press
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Ex-space marine Savan Bardan survived the Galactic Wars to become the most ruthless trade negotiator in the galaxy. His planet needs energy to survive, and he’ll do anything to close the deal for the Perman fusion crystals that can provide it—even if it means seducing his beautiful, infuriating opponent, a rival icier than her planet.
Perma’s top negotiator, Brinn Fjord, lost her father when Savan delayed her planet’s Trade Guild membership years ago. She hates the handsome Rendarian and the planet he represents. She’s determined to finish the deal and get rid of him as quickly as possible, so she can celebrate the holidays.
But soon the rival negotiators are in a fight for their lives. Besieged by mysterious accidents and unforgiving weather, Brinn and Savan have no one to depend on but each other. As they put the past aside, they uncover a desire hot enough to melt ice, and Brinn discovers a secret that may keep them apart.
5 years ago Brinn’s planet, Perma, was trying to get into the Trade Guild but Savan was one of the members that denied their application. Because of this denial, Brinn’s father and many others died from a virus that they were not able to treat because they couldn’t trade for the medicine. Brinn blames Savan and the ruthless Rendarians.
I really enjoyed this one and I was nervous because of the issues surrounding Brinn’s feelings toward Saven and the Rendarians. But Anna Hackett is good about making characters that act like adults and can have mature feelings and thoughts. I really liked Perma and how it was based on Scandinavia and seeing how the planet is still very “Earth-like”.
Brinn was a very enjoyable character because she was a bit softer than Hackett’s usual female characters but was still tough. I also enjoyed watching Savan learn about Perma and learn to change his way of thinking. Rendarians are all about advancing themselves and they don’t care for or encourage love, or strong feelings toward others. I would have liked more information on Savan’s past and the Galactic Wars that he fought in. Every time I read a sci-fi book, I always want to know everything about the world and how it came to be the way it is. Hackett always does a good job but I still always want more.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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