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Friday, August 6, 2010

Hunters by Michelle Marquis and Lindsey Bayer

Publisher:  Carina Press
Pages:  192

From the Cover:

Kirillian Harmony Knox was one of the most successful bounty hunters in the galaxy—until a brain-eater named Prime became her only failure and escaped, landing her in jail. Now free, she'll stop at nothing to catch him and stop his murderous rampage.

Unfortunately for Harmony, fellow hunter Bart Tanner has the only available transport. Arrogant and ruthless, Tanner is known for killing most of his bounties. Harmony can't stand him—yet she can't deny the deep sexual desire sparking between them. 
Once enslaved as a cage fighter by a cruel Kirillian, Tanner harbors a deep hatred for the alien race—though he's drawn to Harmony's luscious sensuality, and they soon indulge in erotic encounters. 

When Prime puts out a hit on Harmony, things intensify, and Tanner realizes their lust has turned into something deeper—but if he and Harmony aren't careful, more than just their lives will be at stake...

Harmony has spent a year in the hell hole of a prison, all for bringing a blaster with her to bring Prime back to justice.  Prime is a ruthless killer who leaves little of his prey behind, and he'd like nothing better than to have Harmony for desert.  When Harmony is released from prison, Bart is her only ride home.  If she can stand the company.

Bart really doesn't have a problem with Harmony, except for the fact that she's a Kirillian.  Just thinking about the Kirillian slave masters who kept him caged makes his blood boil.  To say he'd like to get even is an understatement.  But, maybe Harmony can soothe his need for revenge.  First, he devices a plan to use her, then he can't stop thinking about her, and the more time he spends with her, the harder is not to want to hold on to her.  His problem is his plan backfires, he was hoping to make her dependent on him, and instead, he's heartbroken when she wants to leave, needing her more than his need for revenge.

Hunters by Michelle Marquis and Lindsey Bayer starts out to be about one man's revenge against a race more powerful, long lived, and arrogant than the human being who thought to ignore them or to be trapped on their planet or within their control wouldn't last in their forced enslaved fights.  Harmony is an obsessed bounty hunter.  She had a perfect record until Prime got away.  Now, she has to get him back.  Bart is Harmony's distraction and ride home from prison.  Almost immediately, she falls into his arms, even knowing he's an irritating, insufferable human male.  As much as she dislikes him (or thinks she does), she also can't help herself.  Bart is a well versed lover.  What starts out as a fling for both of them, turns into something more.  If Harmony can see passed her need to recapture Prime.

Hunters was a fast paced, erotically told tale of bounty hunters on a mission, and it almost costs them both their lives.  It starts out as a happy for now story and works into a happily ever after story.  Though Bart can't stand the Kirillian race, he overcomes his prejudice to see Harmony as a woman, not a race. When given the chance, the Kirillians would like nothing better than to force Bart back into cage fighting slavery, but it's Harmony who rescues him when he suffers once again at their hands.  It takes Bart almost losing his life for Harmony to see that there are more important things in life than hunting down the next bounty.  It's a story of learning to love and healing that engages the reader.  If you find explicit language offensive, pick something else to read.  I recommend this book for those who enjoy dark erotic urban fantasy/scifi reading.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I received this ebook for review from Carina Press and Net Galley.  All opinions expressed are my own. 


Blodeuedd said...

Sounds good, and the braineater sounds gross for sure, ugh. Must read more sci-fi

Unknown said...

Hi B!

Yeah, the Prime is a nasty character, don't want to meet him in the jungle, day or night!

Dottie :)

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