and the beginning of seduction...
Spaceship captain Tara Rowan has her secrets. One is her Rider, Zie. Zie is an organic symbiote—like a living tattoo—that enhances Tara's physical abilities, including superhuman strength and reflexes. The other is the past she's tried so hard to leave behind her. But it's not until oh-so-sexy Trace Munroe decides to blackmail Tara that she realizes her secrets aren't so secret after all...
Trace is a Holy Knight who does everything by the book. Desperate to find a missing princess, he'll do whatever it takes to rescue her and bring her kidnappers to justice. Including blackmail. Yet something about the feisty ship captain draws Trace in and stirs his desire—even if she is a wanted criminal. Because the last thing he needs is any complications...especially when he has his own secrets to hide.
Well this had all sorts of ways it could go and although I guess the ending might have been a little predictable, I thought the author gave an interesting read with a very unique adventure. I really liked Tara but have to confess it's her symbiotic friend, Zie, that really kept me turning the pages. Zie is very funny and not at all what I imagined her to be and let's face it, many would consider Zie to be a parasite. Then we have the hard-headed and very narrow minded Trace, now this guy is prepared to go to any lengths to rescue the princess and if that involves drugs, coercion and downright lying, then he is prepared to do it. What he doesn't expect is how he feels for Tara and here is where, if honest, I stumble a little. Tara is no slouch when it comes to looking after herself and I thought of her as quite a canny sort but she just didn't see through Trace! It felt to me that nearly everyone they encountered had a fair idea just who Trace really was and yet Tara remained in the dark for most of the book.
If you are in the mood for a romance with lots of misunderstandings that finally end with a very sweet happy ever after then Riding the Odds just might fit the bill. It's not a cliff hanger, although we do meet characters who could easily expand this world Ms Scott has created. Lots of ideas from memory stealing drugs to space pirates and of course the amazing Riders. Yes, there are romance and saucy scenes here but it's not just an excuse for sex scenes. This was an adventure in space but for me the star was most definitely Zie!
I was gifted a copy by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.