Published by Amazon Digital Services on September 6th 2015
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Lieutenant Tamryn Pavlenko wants to make a name for herself in the GalCon Fleet, so naturally she requests an assignment on the infamous Frost Station Alpha, where pirate attacks are a way of life. The remote research outpost holds secrets that many are willing to kill for, and Tamryn is prepared to protect it from brigands, mobsters, and mercenaries—or whatever the galaxy throws at her.
The brochure, however, failed to mention the genetically engineered super humans who were supposed to have all been killed in a war that ended more than a century ago. It seems they’re not only alive, but they want the station. Oh, and one of them decides he wants Tamryn too.
This powerful warrior might be sexy and intriguing, but he was bred to kill, and she can’t let herself forget that he’s the enemy.
This took me a while to get into given the healthy dose of suspension of disbelief that was needed. But I’m glad I stuck with it.
I couldn’t quite accept the sheer pace – or perhaps instant love even – of enemies turning into lovers, but the world-building did grow on me eventually and I did come to empathise with the desperate situation that Makkon and his people had found themselves in. Tamryn herself is a clever and resourceful heroine and I can definitely imagine how difficult it must have been to be torn between loyalties; her sacrifice for Makkon in the end pretty much sold me on her. Yet I felt that their relationship would have been more believable given some form of time lapse within which they could have learned about each other better without the pressurising hostage situation that precipitated it all.
Either way, I didn’t think it was a bad read at all, with a good backstory and a believable universe, even if I cringed at the number of times either Makkon’s or Tamryn’s inexplicable lust and sudden connection seemed to pop up – at inappropriate venues, no less.