Synopsis: From childhood, Shay had one dream—to join the Space Corps with her best friend and sweetheart, Jayce. When the Space Corps reveals that the father she thought was dead is actually an infamous pirate and rejects her application, the dream dies and she leaves the planet without saying a word to Jayce.
Ten years later, Shay is a pirate herself. She captains her own ship and has earned a reputation as one of the slipperiest pilots around. That’s why she’s recruited for a dangerous secret government mission. But the cargo she’s assigned to smuggle turns out to be a woman with a government bodyguard—Jayce.
Jayce never thought he’d see Shay again, and when the mission forces them together on her ship, he isn’t sure he can forgive her for deserting him; but their desire for each other is stronger than ever. Jayce knows he wants to be with Shay, but how can he trust a woman who’s both a pirate and the girl who broke his heart?
Review: I received this book as a part of the Net Galley program in exchange for a honest review. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, and this is the second one I have read in just the past couple of days. That being said I can say if these past two books are any indication I will be reading more sic-fi in the future.
The most important thing to me in sci-fi books is that they have solid world building. I don’t need to know every detail of every single element, but I do need to be able to have a working knowledge of the world created. I think sci-fi is a genre where world building is the most important, because if it’s not good in sci-fi the reader either is constantly confused or completely uninterested. In this book I was impressed by the world building because I had enough knowledge to really understand the book and the people within them. I was not overrun with details which often leads to me skipping over descriptions to avoid becoming confused by overcomplexity. But I enjoyed reading Lee’s descriptions and that says a lot about the quality of writing.
I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters, Shay and Jayce. I liked the idea behind their relationship, as two friends who are forced apart due to circumstances. After Shay takes off without saying goodbye, both Jayce and Shay go down to radically different paths. It’s so interested and exciting to watch the two of them come back together and figure out where to go from their.
I like Shay because she is a heroine who really knows her stuff. She is smart and as a pirate has the ability to think on her feet. I always enjoy a girl who can hold her own, and Shay is definitely one of those characters. I also liked that she was able to hold her own with everyone else, including Jayce as the story goes on. Jayce was also a solid character, but I think the thing that really made this story work was that everyone felt very organic.
There is a lot I could say about this book but it would give away so much of a short novella and I would never want to ruin the experience of any future readers. I really think this book would work for people who enjoy sci-fi as well as paranormal romance. It’s a really fun and enjoyable short read and I definitely recommend it.