Wednesday, December 19, 2018

#Review - Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet #Paranormal #SyFy #Romance

Series: Nightchaser # 1
Format: E-Book, 416 pages
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher
Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Science Fiction

Star Wars meets Robin Hood in USA Today bestseller Amanda Bouchet‘s genre-bending, sci-fi/fantasy romance!


Captain Tess Bailey and her ragtag band of thieves are wanted criminals. They steal from the "haves" to give to the "have nots." Even though her heart is in the right place, her actions still get her into trouble – and there's no trouble greater than the dreaded Galactic Overseer Novalight. He commands the brutal military regime that rules the known galaxies, and Tess is always on his radar.

After stealing a top-secret military laboratory and further inciting Novalight's rage, Tess and her crew manage to escape—and miraculously survive. Docked on their new planet, Tess encounters the tall, dark, and haughty bounty hunter Shade Ganavan, who has to decide if he wants to turn them over to the Galactic Overseer and be set for life, or if the real payoff is winning Tess's heart.

Nightchaser is the first installment in author Amanda Bouchet's newest series either called Nightchaser, or Endeavor depending on whether you trust Goodreads or the publishers web page which says Nightchaser. Captain Tess Bailey and her crew on the Endeavor (Jaxon, Miko, Shiori, and Fiona) are not unlike Robin Hood and his merry men. They rob from those who have, and provide much needed medicines and other supplies to those who desperately need the help or fall even further into despair and hopelessness.

In this universe, the Galactic Overseer has dominance over all the planets and does not feel like sharing the wealth. Tess and her crew are part of the rebel movement shipping mostly food and medicine to those who need it most, including orphaned children. As the story opens, the Endeavor is on the run from the dreaded Dark Watch and a familiar face to Tess, Captain Bridgebane after stealing a lab filled with much needed vaccines. The lab also comes with a stranger who doesn't much speak at all. Until later.....

Taking a rather unorthodox path of doing things, instead of surrendering, Tess chooses to enter what appears to be a dark hole, and ends up in an entirely different sector. Suffering severe damage to her ship, Tess is forced to dock for ship repairs on Albion 5 where she meets Shade Ganavan, the man who is more than he seems. A man who claims he can fix her ship up cheaper than anyone else. A man who has oodles of arrogance, oodles of charm, and oodles of something that makes Tess want to kick him in the....

Unbeknownst to Tess, there is a huge bounty on her head from Captain Bridgebane. One of those bounty hunters just so happens to be Shade, aka Space Rogue. Will Shade turn Tess in for the bounty? Or, will he protect her from other bounty hunters who don't seem to have the same moral standing that he does? A hint of things to come, Tess is more than just a Robin Hood wannabe. She has a long history with several of the so called villains in this story. 

There is also more to Shade than meets the eyes, but I won't go into details. He's not all that bad. He has plans. He has goals, and he wants to make up for a huge mistake that cost him nearly everything. Just going to come out and say it. The best part of the book? There's an adorable cat that Tess is given on Albion 5 that makes life better for everyone just by allowing the characters to stroke him. There is also another character named Merrick who readers will meet in the beginning but disappears until the ending when Tess & crew are in deep trouble. 

If you've read the author's previous series called Kingmaker Chronicles, you know that she loves, loves, loves writing about sex. In fact, the story is filled with sex, sex, and more sex. I think as I get older, the sex parts of the book become boring. No offense to the author or readers who are into as much sex as they can get. It no longer draws me in, and holds my attention. The author does something a bit different this time out. Readers will get chapters from both Tess and Shade’s points of view

One of the constants from the author is that her characters, especially the females, are strong, courageous, determined, and capable of doing things without a man around to lift the heavy weight. Nightchaser is a pretty good start to this series, and yes, however much I may hate pages and pages and pages of sex, I will be reading the sequel. There are so many more things to come.

Nightchaser Series:
Nightchaser (Book 1)
Starbreaker (Book 2)
Dawnmaker (Book 3)

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