Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can't resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective's maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous—or so fun.
sci-fi that gets a little steamy, I knew this book would not disappoint.
Break Out is set in the future with the remnants of humanity spread far away and yet again division and religion are seeking to control the masses. Something known as Meridian has been discovered but it's closely guarded by those known as the Collective as by using it humans can become immortal. Not all agree the Collective should have power over all and there's a new Church seeking to take control. It's a world divided with outcasts, mutants and rebels and amongst them all space pirates exist but most frightening of all is a vampire named Rico!
Ricardo Sanchez has left earth behind and although he is no longer a swash buckling pirate of old, he is still first and foremost a privateer! Piloting his own space cruiser with a crew he trusts implicitly, this terrifying vampire has a passion for blood and the darker things life has to offer. Rico finds himself taking on a job that will place both himself and his crew in one of the most feared places in space. It's a mission that pays well, but it involves getting into the heavily guarded prison ran by the powerful Collective. Most worrying of all is the strange attraction Rico feels for the woman hiring him, Skylar!
Skylar Rossaria is a well trained soldier determined to impress her superiors and complete her mission. Infiltrate this rag tag crew and pretend to be an innocent and vulnerable young woman who just wants to break someone she cares about out of jail. Sounds simple enough, but Skylar's commander has not told her everything and she finds herself plunged head first into a dangerous situation with a crew that will not hesitate to kill her. Rico is a vampire but he's also the most irresistible male Skylar has ever met. Skirting around the truth, Skylar finds herself getting more involved with everyone onboard than she ever anticipated but her mission comes first no matter what the cost, doesn't it?
Oo, I love this series and I heartily recommend Ms Croft's work. This is sci-fi but it's space opera at its finest with action, adventure, romance and one hell of a sexy vampire! I think what I really liked was even though the reader knew the heroine Skylar was more than she pretended, her actual mission and the reason for it was kept shrouded in mystery right up until the end and I do love a mystery.
I have also read some of Ms Croft's paranormal stories and happily recommend those if you enjoy sexy paranormal romance. Break Out was a fabulous read and a joy as well as it's both well written and edited. This author clearly has a wonderful imagination and the talent to express herself eloquently but her ability to ramp up the sexual tension is quite extraordinary! Well worth reading and keep a bucket of iced water on standby!