By: Veronica Scott
The Blurb: Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.
Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.
Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?
Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
This is the fourth book in the Sectors New Allies Series and one of several set in Ms. Scott’s "Sectors" world. I absolutely love her Sectors SF Romance Series and this addition continues to keep me glued to my Kindle.
Right off the bat, we can see how Darik might be slightly different then the other Badarin men we’ve been introduced to in the first 3 books. The "lone wolf" description that his brothers have given him is very fitting as he doesn't feel as pulled to "pack life" as the rest.
Our heroine, Nicolle, is also a little different than the female leads we've gotten to know in the other books. She's not only brave and smart, but her inherent optimistic attitude is refreshing and a good match for Darik's more relaxed personality.
I enjoyed the way they met...so close, yet so far away. The first chapters give us a chance to learn about them separately while also watching their feelings develop.
This book is also a great addition to the ones before as we gain some interesting and important "big picture" information concerning the two main enemies. Will Nicolle's unique "immunity" actually become a key factor in defeating the deadly Khagrish once and for all?
I think the main themes in this story are "living for today" and "focusing on the good". Both characters constantly find themselves in situations where things go from bad to worse in the blink of an eye. So many in their position would have given up or thought the situation to death. But wasted time and missed opportunities are things that neither of them are interested in. Especially when they finally are alone.
"The Badari were created to be attractive to human women" and a certain body part has been enhanced for just that purpose. (Oh my.) We did have to wait a tad for our couple to finally "couple" but what a climax after such a long wait. The sex scenes are descriptive, satisfying and perfectly placed throughout the story.
Ms. Scott is a pro when it comes to beautiful writing. Her style flows like music and it's so easy to get lost in the world she's building and the emotions she's describing. This is apparent during moments of stress and action but, thankfully, also present during times of intimacy and bliss. Grammar issues are almost nonexistent when it comes to this author's writing. But it is interesting to see a few pop-up. Especially during the most erotic scenes. Could our author be just as excited to write a juicy love scene as we are to read it? I think so. And, I love it!
So, well done Ms Scott. This addition was a pleasure to read and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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