Enemy Within is the first book in the Enemy series by Marcella Burnard and a Berkley Sensation Futuristic Romance.
A Starship Captain clinging to her shattered past; a Pirate with an Empire to protect and a threat beyond the scope of the imagination.
After a stint in an alien prison followed by a torpedoed military career, Captain Alexandria Rose - better known as Ari - has to wonder why she even bothered to survive. Stripped of her command and banished to her father's scientific expedition to finish a PhD she doesn't want, Ari never planned to languish quietly behind a desk. She wasn't built for it, either. But when pirates commandeer her father's ship, Ari once again becomes a prisoner.
Pirate leader Cullin may not be who he pretends to be, but as far as he's concerned, the same goes for Ari. Her past imprisonment puts her dead center in Cullin's sights, and if she hasn't been brainwashed and returned as a spy, then he's convinced she must be part of a traitorous alliance endangering billions of lives. Cullin can't afford the desire she fires within him, and he'll stop at nothing, including destroying her, to uncover the truth.
Ari was kept a prisoner of the Chekydran, huge buglike creatures, for three months. During those three months she was tortured beyond human endurance - but she did endure - and they set her free. Now her command has been taken from her - because her own people think she has been compromised by the Chekydran torture - they don't trust her - and in the back of her mind, Ari can't blame them. She doesn't trust herself.
Aboard her father's science vessel Ari has found a little bit of solace in the everyday routine of collecting samples from a dead world. That is until pirates take over her father's ship. Offering herself as a complacent captive in the hopes that her father and the crew are spared, Ari helps the pirates get off world. Ari is angry with herself for the quick and easy going banter she shares with the pirate captain Cullin.
When their ship has an encounter with a Chekydran vessel Ari has a flashback - and she is confused by the empathy and understanding she receives from Cullin and his crew. When Ari begins to trust Cullin, she finds herself questioning not only herself, but everything she's ever stood for.
I enjoyed Enemy Within and give it 3 out of 5 stars.