I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Rege Rovnitov battled his way out of the darkest hell hole in the charted universe to become the best tracker in four galaxies. Fighting injustice, he and his brotherhood have spent their lives with one foot on the shady side of the law. When the daughter of one of his allies is abducted by slavers, he offers his skills to bring her home. On such a dark and dangerous mission, he never expected to find a woman full of goodness and light.
After years in the spotlight as an interstellar songbird, Amethe Madigan only wants to regain a normal life. Her plans are upended when a band of slavers take her captive and drag her to the galactic port known as Sin City. With Rege’s help, she narrowly escapes being sold to the highest bidder, or worse, turned over to whoever ordered her kidnapping. As they race across galaxies evading her mysterious abductor’s attempts to possess her, she makes the mistake of falling in love with a man whose idea of a normal life is anything but safe.
Rege promised to rescue Amethe but she could be his salvation from a dark and lonely existence. In the end it won’t matter who saved whom. Where love is concerned, it’s winner takes all.
I honestly didn’t expect to like this novel. It sounded like a space opera, which it not at all my genre, but I was so wrong! Rege’s Rescue was a great romance novel and may have opened a whole new world for me to explore.
The novel begins with fantastic action, a la in medias res. I love when a novel does that. Too much preamble makes me antsy and frustrated, and Amethe’s story doesn’t have any of that. The reader is immediately thrust into her daring rescue. The great dialogue catches you up and keeps you from getting lost even with the crazy names of characters and places. You won’t be bored or exasperated—I promise. This one is all about the love story. It’s not one of those space movies your husband forces you to sit through.
The character development is good within the context of the novel though the back story was a bit weak on Rege. I would have liked to have heard more about his history. The writing is also quite good with fast pacing and numerous turns to navigate. At times, some events were serendipitous, and the grand finale was a tad corny, but those things didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. I could easily see a series in this one!