Released: March 2012
Kellen has spent three years dodging sexy but determined bounty hunters Tal and Vanya. It's become a game of who can outsmart the other, and it's one he's grown quite fond of. Well, until the day they catch him, that is. To be honest, it was kind of his fault, what with walking up to them and giving himself up.
There was an ulterior motive behind his insane decision, however. After accidentally ingesting a highly illegal form of nanotechnology he stole, he's sick as a dog, and has a pissed off crime lord gunning for him. He figures he's safer with Tal and Vanya, even if spending time with them will ultimately involve jail time.
But after a few days with the couple, he realizes there's more at stake than jail time. He's always had a tender spot for both Tal and Vanya, and it seems they both have feelings for him, too. Problem is, unless he can steal another dose of the nanotechnology to give to the bloodthirsty crime lord, it won't matter what his feelings are.
This book is part of the Ylendrian Empire series, but it's a stand alone story, so feel free to read out of order. The characters start out with strong voices, and are quickly developed into well rounded, believable people. There wasn't as much inner monologuing as I expected, so I had to rely more on the characters to verbally tell me what they were thinking. I was also a bit surprised to find no sex scenes. There was plenty of innuendo, but no actual sex scenes, so the book is pretty clean for those who like a good love story without a lot of smut in it. The love story itself was a bit different, with Tal and Vanya already married, but both having a secret crush on Kellen, despite the fact he's a wanted criminal. All in all, it was a quick, easy read.
Carla gives this book a