Thursday, October 20, 2011
Review: Thief by Anitra Lynn McLeod
Thief is the first book in The Fringe series by Anitra Lynn McLeod and a Sci-Fi from Samhain Publishing.
On the edge of freedom lies a dangerous love.
Nothing has ever come easy for Jace Lawless, captain of the salvage vessel Mutiny. Forced into thievery after a virus unleashed by the InnerWorld Government killed his family, only one ambition burns at the back of his mind. Kill the next IWOG officer he has at his mercy.
Bargaining over goods with a middleman isn’t exactly his strong suit. But who in his right mind spends an entire salvage job’s profits on a woman, even if she has a body built for sin and eyes so fathomless a man could lose himself in them? He must be getting soft.
Once Kraft realizes Jace expects only the “cook” part of their cook-whore contract, she sets out to change his antiquated ideas about women. A challenge she relishes, especially if it earns her the freedom and money to get her own ship. Her big mistake is letting down her guard.
Shameless flirting only intensifies the itch to ride Jace hard and put him away wet—several times. It’s an itch it would be dangerous to scratch. Exposing her heart could reveal her secret, one that the still-grieving Jace must never know…or showing her mercy will be the last thing on his mind.
Jace Lawless and the crew of Mutiny are thieves - honorable thieves, as far as thieves go - but thieves nonetheless.
When Jace gets word that a ship has been abandoned in space he and his crew gear up to salvage anything they can find that will bring them a profit.
But they aren’t the only ones who’ve come to salvage this ship.
Captain Kraft and her crew have also been sent to the derelict ship and they arrived first. Ambushing Jace and his crew, Kraft is intrigued by what she sees in Captain Lawless - and it has been awhile since Kraft has been intrigued by anything.
Amid posturing and threats from their respective crew members, Kraft and Lawless come to a mutual understanding and both leave satisfied thinking they’d never see each other again.
But fate, and a scumbag lowlife, have other plans. Jace is shocked the next time he sees Kraft - but there is honor among some thieves, and Jace is unwilling to leave Kraft in the situation she’s now facing.
No good deed goes unpunished....
Every now and again I like to shake things up - step away from my UF reads and grab a good Sci-Fi.
Thief is a good Sci-Fi.
I love Kraft. She is fierce and independent - but not hard and unfeeling. She carries secrets - secrets that may prevent her from ever finding true peace.
Jace is conflicted. He has lost so much - and is unwilling to allow himself to be that vulnerable again. Just when he decides to open up and take a risk with his heart - he is betrayed by the secrets of the past.
I give Thief 4 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (10-4-11)