Maria Hammarblad
Sci-fi romance
Available from Desert Breeze Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61252-168-8
May 2012

Patricia awoke and found her self tied to a chair, staring at a man straight out of some nightmare. His scarred face and dead eyes terrified her. One minute she was in her car and the next she was on a ship bound for another world. Travis was a cold-blooded assassin. The woman was a prisoner and was seen with the rebel leader William. It was also apparent that she was harmless and knew nothing about the rebels. While on route back to Central to deliver Patricia to his superior, Travis makes what may be the biggest mistake of his life. He lets Patricia out of her cell and into his life. Her innocence and compassion will force him to make terrible decisions and risk everything for one woman.

I loved this book. Not only is it interesting sci-fi, this story is a fascinating study of a man trying to break free from the harsh and cruel conditioning of his past and his attempt to be something more than a tool. Travis is a killer and he makes no excuses for it. His interactions with Patricia are so well written. For example, his cautious and at times awkward use of endearments with Patricia is genius. In a different story, they would be corny and trite but in this context, they brought tears to my eyes. Travis had no frame of reference for such things. Patricia starts off seemingly flighty and weak but grows to be a force to be reckoned with. In addition to a unique love story, this book also gives us plenty of exciting action, great secondary characters and pervasive evil. All in all, the plot is quite complex and I had a hard time putting it down. The romance is touching, but it's the emotional upheaval that moves this story to the next level. I highly recommend this exciting sci-fi adventure. One of the best I've ever read.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual

Reviewer: Susan P.
July 24, 2012

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