Friday, August 26, 2016

Lost in Barbarian Space by Anna Hackett [Review]

 Lost in Barbarian Space by Anna Hackett
Lost in Barbarian Space (The Phoenix Adventures #7) by Anna Hackett
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: May 10, 2015

The Phoenix Adventures
0.5. Among Galactic Ruins
1. At Star's End
2. In the Devil's Nebula
3. On a Rogue Planet
3.5. Beneath a Trojan Moon
4. Beyond Galaxy's Edge
4.5. On a Cyborg Planet
5. Return to Dark Earth
6. On a Barbarian World
7. Lost in Barbarian Space - Kindle
8. Through Uncharted Space
9. Crashed on an Ice World

Anna Hackett
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
A clash of cultures. Security agent versus barbarian warrior. On an expedition to a newly discovered barbarian world, an experienced security agent doesn't expect to be working with a big, bossy barbarian warrior.

Agent Honor Brandall enjoys her job as security agent for the Institute of Historical Preservation's expedition ships. Adventures to distant planets - awesome. Archeological digs for ancient old Earth artifacts - interesting. Keeping the archeologists safe - no problem. The fact she's tall, strong and good in a fight means most of the men she works with are intimidated by her, but she refuses to apologize for being good at her job. But on a mission to the barbarian world of Markaria, she finds herself paired with a brawny warrior who challenges her in every way.

Markarian warrior Colm Mal Kor is second-in-command to his warlord and spends his days training to hone his skills and control. He's dedicated to defending his clan...and to hiding the deadly secret he can never share with anyone. But when he's thrust into working with a beautiful, challenging skyflyer, Colm finds a wild attraction he never expected and the biggest risk to his hard-earned control that he's ever encountered.

On an expedition to Markaria's icy moons, Honor and Colm work side by side, but the ice and snow aren't enough to stop them from wanting each other. As their mission takes a deadly turn, they must trust each other to survive, but it isn't just wild beasts and ferocious enemies that are a danger... Colm is harboring something inside him that is far more lethal...something that might destroy them all.
Thoughts on Lost in Barbarian Space: This series never fails to entertain. Strong men finding the women who match them in every way gives me a case of the happies. The fact our hero this time around is a barbarian with a warrior's sense of honor and a secret he's determined to take to his grave only makes it better.

Because tortured men are my crack, amirite?!?!

Honor and Colm are so well matched. I genuinely liked how Honor challenged Colm's beliefs about what women were capable of. As soon as she proves she can hold her own and adapts quickly to the circumstances around her, he gives her room to do her thing. I also loved how he went all ragey when she was threatened. Yup, tortured men with a possessive streak are my literary crack.

Awesome treasure hunting shenanigans, space pirates, steamy moments in dire situations (always fun!), and the Phoenix crew. Being hunted and half freezing to death never sounded so fun!

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