Genre: Accessible Sci-Fi
The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.
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.
Tagline: Irreverent. Irresponsible. Insatiable. Who says immortals can’t have any fun?
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“You might want to change your mind about that reward,” Tannis murmured from beside him. “This one looks like she might fight back.”
“I don’t mind a good fight,” Rico drawled. “As long as I win.”
He swung his chair around and his gaze followed her line of sight, settling on the tall figure in the doorway. He wouldn’t have recognized her if he hadn’t known what to look for.
The silver dress was gone and a black jumpsuit now hugged her tall, toned body. She walked with the lithe grace of a predator, one hand resting on the pistol at her thigh. The long, blond hair, which had done a lot to soften her features, was also gone. In its place was a severely short, almost military cut that emphasized the sharp cheekbones, and the large, almost beaky nose. Her dark blue eyes were the same though, as was the wide, red mouth. He dropped his gaze. There was no disguising the lush curve of those breasts either, and his body tightened at the sight.
She’d come to a halt in front of them, and he raised his eyes from her breasts to her face to find her frowning at him.
“Skylar,” he said, kicking out a chair and patting the seat. “Take a seat.”
She regarded him suspiciously for a moment and then sat.
“Quite a disguise you had there.”
“Part of my training,” she replied.
“Your rebel training?”
“Tell me. Why were you with the rebels? You seem a little too…” He studied her, trying to think of the correct word. Normal maybe, but he had an idea that Skylar was far from normal.
“Human?” She supplied for him. “I am. But my parents worked for one of the genetic engineering companies. They really believed humans could be improved by gene modification. They were killed in an attack on the facility. My brother and I escaped and were picked up by a rebel patrol—we’ve been with them ever since.”
“Hmm. So what else did they train you to do? What were you exactly?”
“Does it matter?”
He watched her closely. She appeared relaxed now, no hint of tension in her body or face. Either she was a very good actress, or she was telling the truth. After the failed bimbo disguise, he was pretty certain she must be telling the truth.
“I was a fighter pilot first, then a division leader.”
And it was. Those rebels were a tough lot; they had to be to survive with both the Collective and the Church after them. To get to division leader she had to be very tough herself. He liked that. It made the idea of her squirming beneath him, begging him to take her, all the more enticing. Maybe she’d try to shoot him. He’d have to restrain her—
He came out of his daydream to find Tannis staring at him in exasperation.
“Get your mind out of your pants.”
“My mind wasn’t in my pants.”
Scavenger Hunt Quote: “The rumors surrounding the owner of El Cazador had ranged from rogue immortal to spawn of Satan…”
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of paranormal and science fiction.