Being leader of the known universe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks big time. And after five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of his mind. But as things are changing, he’s changing—into what, though, he isn’t sure. Callum is determined to discover the truth, and he’s employed the crew of El Cazador to help him do it.
Not everyone agrees with his plan, though. His own people will stop at nothing to prevent the truth coming out, the Church is taking advantage of the confusion and attempting a coup, and even the crew of El Cazadorseem close to tossing him out the airlock without a space suit. But defying death has never been more dangerous, sexier, or more fun.
Tannis is a genetically modified human and captain on the El Cazador starship. She escaped certain death and has spent most of her adult life chasing immortality and now she has the opportunity to actually take the Merdian treatment. Unfortunately there is a huge fly in the ointment and it's name is Callum! He's leader of the Collective and considered the most powerful man in the universe but he's also annoying, obstinate, pigheaded and would you believe absolutely gorgeous!
Tannis has agreed she and her crew will transport him but she hadn't bargained on his own people chasing them. As if that wasn't enough, now the religious fanatics are involved and suddenly the crew of El Cazador is accused of kidnapping the arrogant man! Tannis is used to danger but being in Callum's presence is a danger she hadn't expected. Is Callum just using her? Or can Tannis trust his motives? The secrets surrounding the Meridian are about to get someone killed and all Tannis can do is hope that she's not heading into a trap.
I wasn't sure exactly what I expected from this story but I really enjoyed it. It's a little different from others I've read as although Callum is the hero, I personally found him to be frankly, arrogant and irritating! I guess I thought as his people’s leader he would be really alpha and macho but initially he seemed far from that. Callum seemed a bit whiny and weak as he had got so used to having others look after him but thankfully his demeanour did improve and he manned up! As for Tannis, well she's an amazing character with an interesting background. She's spent so long single-mindedly chasing her dream that she's not allowed herself to be a woman. It was such fun to see her open up and allow herself to take a chance.
As stated, Death Defying was my first book by Ms Croft and I am so impressed! I really have to get the other books in this series and I would definitely recommend reading them in order. This was a fast paced story that never let up. Such an amazing array of characters from vampires to werewolves and even a demon! I just didn't quite know what else the author would add to the mix. I'm not sure if there are any more books to be written in this series but I do hope so as the world building is fantastic and I'd love to read more. Strong chemistry and a sizzling hot read with dialogue to make that made me smile. Great writing and so good to read a book that's properly edited. I will most defiantly be reading more by Ms Croft.
Happily recommend this book!!!!