Lost in Barbarian Space by Anna Hackett
Series: The Phoenix Adventures #7
Published: April 25, 2016 by Anna Hackett
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Agent Honor Brandall enjoys her job as security agent for the Institute of Historical Preservation’s expedition ships. Adventures to distant planets – awesome. Archaeological digs for ancient old Earth artifacts – interesting. Keeping the archaeologists safe – no problem. The fact she’s tall, strong and good in a fight means most of the men she works with are intimidated by her, but she refuses to apologize for being good at her job. But on a mission to the barbarian world of Markaria, she finds herself paired with a brawny warrior who challenges her in every way.
Markarian warrior Colm Mal Kor is second-in-command to his warlord and spends his days training to hone his skills and control. He’s dedicated to defending his clan…and to hiding the deadly secret he can never share with anyone. But when he’s thrust into working with a beautiful, challenging skyflyer, Colm finds a wild attraction he never expected and the biggest risk to his hard-earned control that he’s ever encountered.
On an expedition to Markaria’s icy moons, Honor and Colm work side by side, but the ice and snow aren’t enough to stop them from wanting each other. As their mission takes a deadly turn, they must trust each other to survive, but it isn’t just wild beasts and ferocious enemies that are a danger… Colm is harboring something inside him that is far more lethal…something that might destroy them all.
Honor Brandall is strong, confident, and a natural leader but this also means that she struggles to find a man who isn’t intimated by her. When Honor is sent to the planet Markaria to protect the archaeological team stationed there, she meets Colm Mal Kor and she suddenly finds a man who respects her strength. Colm is wildly attracted to the warrior skyflyer but he has a secret and he’ll do anything to keep it buried.
Overall, Lost in Barbarian Space was not my favorite in the Phoenix Adventures series but it was still a great action romance. Like the previous book, it’s set on the planet of Markaria and this just isn’t a setting that I enjoy — it embraces the possessive, he-man attitude of more historical times. However, the end was particularly poignant and I liked that a lot and it was especially nice to see more of Nik and Darc since I loved them in Return to Dark Earth.
Anna Hackett always does a great job of creating strong, female characters and Honor was no exception. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Honor and Colm sword fight shortly after meeting because although Markaria has female leaders they are rarely warriors so Colm is certainly surprised by Honor’s fighting skills. She continued to stay strong and tough throughout the book and never lost her edge just because she had a big, strong man around, which I loved! Honor is who she is and she maintains that from start to finish. I did feel that Colm was much more dominant than Kavon, he still respected her strength and was definitely attracted to her appearance, but he was very much an alpha-male.
3 stars – it was good
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