Sunday, 16 August 2015

Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft

Title: Deadly Pursuit
Series: Dark Desires (#2)
Author: Nina Croft
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: 1st November 2011
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Al has a secret, one that has her new friends in danger; she's the runaway High Priestess of Everlasting Life. Wanting to see the world (or space) before returning to her life of boredom as Priestess. Hunted on one side by the Church looking for Alexia, and on the other by the Collective wanting to destroy the knowledge that the werewolf, Jon, has, the crew of El Cazador have their work cut out for them while Jon and Alex have a growing attraction that needs something done about...

I love Nina Croft's writing, no matter what she writes it's engaging and consuming, Deadly Pursuit was no different. What I love about the Dark Desires books is the seamless combination of the paranormal and the sci-fi elements. Some of the characters would count in the alien category (including genetically modified humans or GMs) and some into the paranormal (vampires, werewolves and hinted at others). Not to mention space battles!

Jon and Alex had a chemistry right from the word go, but on one side or another something was always seeming to get in their way. Sometimes that was Jon's sense of right and wrong, sometimes it was Alex's naivety and sometimes it was ill timed rescued parties! But it all added a depth to the pair's relationship.

Even more shocking is having a female character who is a virgin (understandably so considering she's a Priestess of the religion that came from Christianity) and actually acts like one. She doesn't automatically know what to do around someone she finds attractive and actually has several awkward moments because of it. I liked having someone so unsure of themselves as a character.

The action in Deadly Pursuit was 100% there! The tension, the build up and the fights themselves all worked well without detracting from the other areas of the story. This is one of those series that just seems to give it all!

I'm looking forward to carrying on with Dark Desires and Nina Croft's other works, they never disappoint!