Date read: January 21, 2016
1. Wreck of the Nebula Dream
2. Escape from Zulaire - Paperback | Kindle
3. Mission to Mahjundar
4. Star Cruise: Marooned
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Andi Markriss hasn’t exactly enjoyed being the houseguest of the planetary high-lord, but her company sent her to represent them at a political wedding. When hotshot Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane barges in on the night of the biggest social event of the summer, Andi isn’t about to offend her high-ranking host on Deverane’s say-so—no matter how sexy he is, or how much he believes they need to leave now.Thoughts on Escape from Zulaire: This is the second book I've read in this series and I'm kinda loving it. The bad guys are terrible. The good guys are swoony. The women are strong and brave. I dig the threads of predestination running through both books. I just... like the series. It makes me happy.
Deverane was thinking about how to spend his retirement bonus when HQ assigned him one last mission: rescue a civilian woman stranded on a planet on the verge of civil war. Someone has pulled some serious strings to get her plucked out of the hot zone. Deverane’s never met anyone so hard-headed—or so appealing. Suddenly his mission to protect this one woman has become more than just mere orders.
That mission proves more dangerous than he expected when rebel fighters attack the village and raze it to the ground. Deverane escapes with Andi, and on their hazardous journey through the wilderness, Andi finds herself fighting her uncomfortable attraction to the gallant and courageous captain. But Deverane’s not the type to settle down, and running for one’s life doesn’t leave much time to explore a romance.
Then Andi is captured by the rebel fighters, but Deverane has discovered that Zulaire’s so-called civil war is part of a terrifying alien race’s attempt to subjugate the entire Sector. If he pushes on to the capitol Andi will die. Deverane must decide whether to save the woman he loves, or sacrifice her to save Zulaire.
This time around, we're on an alien planet teetering on edge of a civil war. Tom and Andi are thrown together and have immediate sparks. They can't do much about those sparks due to the DEATH AND DESTRUCTION they're suddenly faced with, but it's there. Might I say, the death and destruction are well done. Just enough to blood and danger to make you wonder how the rest of the planet is faring.
From their trek through the wilds to the monastery tucked away in the mountains, it's a non-stop ride. Despite her horror at what's happening on this formerly peaceful planet, she has immense compassion and tries to save those she can. While Tom is focused on his ultimate mission, he's smart enough to listen to Andi's suggestions act act accordingly. When Andi becomes more than a mission, things REALLY start to get interesting.
Again, I'm kinda loving the idea that some things are meant to be--whether it's two people finding one another at the right time or adding someone to their group to unknowingly bring a prophecy to life. The idea that everyone in their group had some sort of part to play worked for me.