In the Devil’s Nebula by Anna Hackett
Series: The Phoenix Adventures #2
Published: July 14, 2014 by Anna Hackett
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Two years ago, on a deadly mission to the lawless Devil’s Nebula, Commander Zayn Phoenix’s life imploded. Now the former Strike Wing pilot fills his days with dangerous adventures alongside his treasure hunter brothers.
But his nights are another story: haunted by nightmares of one unforgivable act. Until an assassin lures him into a hunt. A hunt for her freedom from the Assassin’s Guild. A hunt for a derringer used in an ancient and infamous assassination—of old Earth president, Abraham Lincoln.
Zayn is compelled to join the perilous adventure with Ria Dante that will take them straight into the heart of the Devil’s Nebula, but not for money, fame or treasure. He joins because Ria has the face of the woman he left for dead in the Nebula years before.
Assassin Ria Dante wants to steal a priceless treasure from the Assassin’s Guild and use it as a bargaining chip for her freedom and she knows the Phoenix brothers are the best chance at success. But things get complicated when it turns out Ria looks exactly like Zayn Phoenix’s dead Strike Wing partner — and the woman he loved.
I really enjoyed In the Devil’s Nebula, especially seeing Zayn’s more vulnerable side compared to his charming, care-free attitude from the previous book. Plenty of action and adventure keeps the book moving quickly but it doesn’t overshadow the romance between Ria and Zayn. I truly felt for Zayn’s initial struggle to recognize Ria for herself instead of always seeing Vik, his ex-partner; talk about a tragic story. Zayn carries a lot of guilt over Vik’s death and this creates a lot of drama over his growing feelings for Ria. How can Ria trust that Zayn’s feelings are real when she has the same face as the women he loved and lost?
I love a strong heroine and I can always count on Anna Hackett to deliver. Ria was strong, determined, and honorable; she knew in her heart she wasn’t an assassin and that she needed to live the life she wanted. In particular, I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Ria’s likeness to Vik. Normally I can figure out the “secret” in a book, but this one had me second guessing myself up until the end. I had so many different theories running through my head and it added a lot of great tension throughout.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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