Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He’s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue—such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.
After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away—it was a rash impulse—and she means to go back—eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?
Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.
The crew of the El Cazador is a pretty mixed bunch so having a werewolf aboard seems quite apt really. A vampire, genetically modified crew members, The Trog (just who and what is he?) and of course, there's Al the cabin boy. Oh wait, Al is really Alexia, the High Priestess of the new Church and the virgin bride of God! Not that anyone has realised of course and unfortunately it would seem her time hiding from the Church is over. Time to come clean with her shipmates and tell the truth, but first there's something on her bucket list she would really like to tick off and more than anything Al wants something good to remember. So step forward one very stubborn werewolf, but the last thing Jon wants is the heart of a silly girl however Al is a lot more determined than he realises and there's not a lot this courageous young woman won't face. Unfortunately, those hunting Al are not about to give up and it seems there's something very suspicious going on that could blow up quite literally in their faces!
I'm really enjoying this series and look forward so much to catching up with these characters. I'm not overly fond of virgin heroines but I get that a priestess would have led a sheltered life, so no nit picking here. Al is a young woman who seems to have trouble tattooed on her forehead because trust me she stumbles from one misadventure to the next and I was starting to feel very sorry for her. Her sense of adventure sees her making quite huge errors and constantly puts her in truly atrocious danger, but she's a character who had to grow and I found myself having great sympathy for her. She's not exactly too stupid to live but she is naïve, although I can't fault her deeply loyal core.
It felt a bit strange having a werewolf in space but I thought Ms Croft explained it quite well and Jon is a lone wolf with an awful lot of baggage to carry emotionally. Whilst he's not exactly older than dirt, he has seen a lot in his life and when we meet him he just seems to exist on autopilot. It takes a very headstrong young woman to make him realise that life is worth living and their romance has more than a few stumbling blocks along the way. This is not instant lust with lots of sexy moments, no the author ramps up the tension and keeps these characters (and the reader) waiting for that inevitable moment when all bets are off. There's a scene, whilst hot, did seem to be a little misplaced and you will understand when you read the book; but happily the couple does finally get quality time alone together.
Well I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with this crew and the next book features genetically modified Tannis and an immortal and very arrogant Callum so that's something for readers to look forward to. As for me? Well I want to read more about The Trog, so I'm hoping Ms Croft takes pity on him soon and shines a little light in his direction! This is a sexy futuristic series with a paranormal twist and such fun to read.