Death Defying (Blood Hunter)
Author: Nina Croft
Date of Publication: February 5, 2014
Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador is part snake, part human, and—according to some—all bitch. She is one job away from her lifelong goal—to achieve the immortality she craves. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe.
After five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of his mind. Until he realizes he’s physically changing—into what, he isn’t sure. Callum is determined to discover the truth, but his own people will stop at nothing to prevent it from coming out.
With a coup brewing and the crew of El Cazador close to tossing him off the ship, Callum turns to Tannis. Sparks fly as they work together to make it out alive. But can Callum really trust the one woman hell bent on using him? Defying death has never been more dangerous, more sexy, or more fun.
Ahh, I was just starting to go through Nina Croft withdrawal and now that has been purged. Unfortunately, I think the Blood Hunter series has now come to an end. I could be wrong, but from the ending it seems like it would be done.
In a way this book was darker than other entries in the series. Don’t get me wrong, none of the books have been light and fluffy, but this one just seemed more…deadly. And be prepared because lots of people die. People I wasn’t expecting to die.
Tannis – ahhh, finally get to get inside the enigmatic captain’s head. That was fantastic. I loved her mixture of vulnerability and witch with a b. She has her reasons for rebuffing the “Leader of the Universe” (Callum, as he’s referred to many times, and not in complimentary ways), but as time grows short for a multitude of reasons, these two finally get their chance to find their way to one another. I loved her single-minded focus on getting the Meridian treatment, and then her decision on that factor.
Callum – heh. Wow, the man has serious issues. I mean, c’mon. He’s got wings sprouting from his back thanks to the Meridian, and he wants to be honest with the universe about what the Meridian treatments can end up doing (after about 500 years, mind you). I can’t blame him for being restless. Unfortunately, announcing the changes doesn’t go over well and he finds himself on the run with the El Cazador and crew, though the Council puts it out that they’ve kidnapped him.
Add in some massively screwed up members of the Church and a wicked plot to destroy the source of the Meridian, and this book grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let you go until the end.
I loved it…right up until the very end. I’m not sure how I feel about the ultimate ending of the book, when Callum and Jannis have their chance to finally be together. Granted, I know it’s a romance novel and they have to have a happily ever after, but I fully expected some other way of finding it than what they did. It was the ending that got this knocked down by a half-star. I can’t quite put my finger on just why the ending bothered me the way it did, but…reading is very subjective.
Still, don’t let me opinion deter you. Read. The. Book. Read it now! Well, if you’ve read the first two that is. If you haven’t, then go back, read them, and THEN read this book.
Keep on writing, Ms. Croft. I’ll eagerly keep reading! I gotta get me my Croft fix on a regular basis.