Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive
Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what's left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.
Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark
Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it's the perfect storm...
Once Mari and Heron are on the run, its fast paced and full of interesting characters. I'm almost reminded of TVs shows such as Farscape and Firefly in terms of the 'crew' supporting Heron, but there the similarities end. There's a war coming and unfortunately it looks like it's because of Mari's latest assignment; but her partner Heron will go to any lengths to save her. Heron is, I suppose you could say, genetically modified with absolutely astounding abilities that really helped charge up the romance side of this story! If blunt, their initial scenes of oogling each other felt infantile and odd considering how long they have worked together. Happily the author quickly gets over that giving her readers a very satisfying romance.
Mari is kind of a conundrum really. It's not easy to make a female assassin likable but she's not the sort to go quietly and frankly, runs full tilt at every problem she encounters. Yet there's a reticence to her, a softness few get to see, but I thought Ms Jackson did a really good job in showing the different sides to this character when she interacted with those around Heron. No spoilers, but a lot of this story is connected to Mari's past and as her memory is shaky at best, there's a lot she doesn't know. What she does know though is she's not the only one in danger and she might be the only one who can turn the tables!
I liked that Mari could own her own sexuality unapologetically and applaud the author for that. I will be brutally honest and say I tried reading this three times as I struggled with the couple’s internal monologues initially, but once they left the city wow did this story take off! Who doesn't like a guy like Heron? He's totally smitten and has been for quite some time, but I think there's still a lot more to learn about the world these characters are living in. I mentioned I was perhaps a little bewildered by Mari and her past but, have to say there are two revelations at the end that make sense and yet, really don't! Proof positive Ms Jackson still has a trick or two up her sleeve as I will be thinking about these characters and pondering for quite some time.
This voluntary opinion is of a copy provided for me by NetGalley and these thoughts are my own honest opinion.