Break Out, the first in the Blood Hunter Series by Nina Croft was a short little trip through space. Although, this won’t be a very long review, in part because its not a terribly long book (which is fine given the uncomplicated plot), and in part because it’s your typical PNR (which is fine by me, or I wouldn’t keep reading them!). It was an interesting cross between the PNR and scifi space adventures. It was a fun little read. Predictable as all in this genre are, but fun nonetheless.
We are in the future, where space travel is normal. And there is a group called the Collective – a group of people who have all had some sort of treatment from an ore of some sort – which has made them immortal and a group (think Star Trek Borg). Skylar, a member of the Collective’s military unit, gets dispatched to carry out a mission and she hires Rico and Tannis and crew to assist, despite the fact that she lies to them and we don’t know the real purpose of the mission until near the end. The plot follows the characters through the completion of the mission, and the coupling of Skylar and Rico.
One of the interesting things about this book was the lack of profession of undying love. Skylar stays with the crew to be with Rico and she wants to be with him and he wants to be with her, but there was never the “I love you” scene. And it was sort of refreshing, and leaves me wondering if book 2 and 3 will be about others in this universe or about the continued relationship between Skylar and Rico. There were a few nice and steamy scenes. The plot has some action and wasn’t a bad story. Totally formulaic, not badly written, and fun little characters make me intrigued to read the others when they come out. I especially liked Al, the little girl disguised as a boy who is convinced Rico is going to eat her and who tries to protect Skylar. There were some nice funny moments and the interaction of the characters was enjoyable.