Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Return to Dark Earth by Anna Hackett [Review]

 Return to Dark Earth by Anna Hackett
Return to Dark Earth (The Phoenix Adventures #5) by Anna Hackett
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: March 3, 2017

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 EarthKindle
6. On a Barbarian World
7. Lost in Barbarian Space
8. Through Uncharted Space
9. Crashed on an Ice World

Anna Hackett
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
His career plan never included becoming one of the galaxy's most infamous treasure hunters. And it certainly never included his one weakness: Nera Darc.

Astro-archeologist Niklas Phoenix loved his job studying and safeguarding artifacts at the Institute of Historical Preservation...until he learned that it was all a lie. Forced out of the Institute, he joins his treasure hunter brothers, but now the Institute is trying to lure him back for the ultimate treasure hunt--a return to the planet that seeded life throughout the galaxy. But only one thing convinces him to go--his deadly, seductive rival has joined the expedition.

Dangerous and enigmatic, Nera Darc has made a life for herself where she calls the shots and bows to no one. Niklas Phoenix has become her dark obsession and on the lethal mission to Earth, they are compelled to join forces to survive. But Niklas threatens to tear down Nera's internal walls and melt the ice around her heart...but she knows caring for someone is just a weakness others can exploit.

As Nik and Nera strip away each other's secrets, a brilliant passion is unleashed, but the dangers of Earth strike from every side, and a darker enemy is closing in.
Thoughts on Return to Dark Earth: Man, I love the adventures the Phoenix family end up on. Space, distant planets, a dead earth rife with ruins and danger. Yesssssss!

Seriously, broken cities are my obsession. I just adore them. An entire broken planet complete with dangerous entities and the potential for backstabbing amongst the crew makes it EVEN BETTER. While Niklas doesn't have his brothers at his back on this adventure, he does have Nera. Well, once they strike a bargain to team up.

He doesn't really trust anybody else as far as he can throw them, but Nera...well, she's a different story. You know, because he's been fixated on her for quite some time.

Sexy rivalry, many. It works.

I'm reaching the point where I'm almost caught up with this series and that makes me a little sad. However, knowing I can go back and do a sweet reread (in order this time!) does take the sting out of it.

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