I’ve really been enjoying the diversity of planets, species, and races that Anna Hackett has been incorporating in her stories. This is truly a galaxy of many varied types and all the variations definitely add some complexity to the world she’s created. I liked both Relda and Hunt though I felt the story was focused a lot more on Relda so we didn’t get a very in-depth look at Hunt.
I always say I want a longer book but in this case it was more needed than wanted. The short nature (less than 100 pages) didn’t work as well this time because of Relda’s big secret. She once revealed who she was to the man she thought loved her and he betrayed her. Because of this, Relda is very cautious and believes she will never find true love with someone. With all of that background, it was a bit unexpected that Relda would reveal her secret to Hunt to easily and quickly after being with him. I just don’t think there was enough time for real trust of that magnitude to develop.
••• Book Details •••
Phoenix Adventures #3.5 • Romance, Science Fiction • Carina Press • November 26, 2014
Fortune teller Relda Dela-Cruz is a woman with a secret. One she’ll do anything to conceal. She hides in plain sight on the market world of Souk, content with running her profitable fortune-telling business and never letting anyone too close. But when assailants attack her in pursuit of a powerful artifact, Relda collides with the city’s handsome, new marshal. A man who leaves no stone unturned and no secret covered.
War has left former Galactic Special Forces Captain Hunt Calder tired and empty, but one look at sexy Relda–with her wild curls and lush curves–brings him back to life. When she’s threatened over the mysterious Trojan Moon, Hunt will let nothing stop him from protecting her. Even Relda herself.
As they face alien attackers and killer droids, Relda can’t resist her burning attraction to Hunt. But she knows he’s the most dangerous threat of all, because he doesn’t just want her body, he wants her trust and her secret, too. A secret with the power to destroy Hunt and Relda, the city, even the planet itself.