Book Blurb :
Quinn Conlan had it all: a fast ship, a great crew, a gorgeous girlfriend, money, and adventure around every bend. That was before he agreed to ferry a shipload of weapons to the besieged planet Marica. Now he’s stuck in the prison colony on Marica-3, enduring weekly sessions with the camp’s medical team,” and praying for a quick death before he breaks under the torture and spills everything he knows about the Marican resistance.
When opportunity strikes, Quinn takes Elsa, a Rhenian med tech, hostage and heads into the inhospitable interior of the small moon where he formulates a plan for getting his crew out of prison, his ship out of impound, and everyone out of orbit. But when Elsa professes her love, can Quinn take the beautiful doctor at her word, or will trusting her—and his heart—condemn him and his crew to an eternity on Marica-3?
Quinn Conlan had everything—or at least that is what he thought: Good Fortune, the ship of his dreams, the best crew any captain could ask for, excitement and adventure, money and Josie, the most beautiful woman in the world. He spent a year and a half ferrying weapons and supplies to the insurgents from Marica … until Josie betrayed him and his crew.
Quinn never thought that there would be a day he’d be eager to die, but he was having it after a few months in the prison camp on Marica-3, and weekly sessions with the camp’s medical team. Because the Rhenians were sure he knew about the whereabouts of the rebels, knew how to contact them, knew who was in charge of the Marican resistance and what their plans were, he was tortured and brought to the brink of death repeatedly.
When Quinn has the opportunity to kill Doctor Sterling’s assistant, the ice bitch that keeps taking notes and checking how Quinn is holding up under the torture, he spares her because she begs for her life and promises she’ll help him get away.
Elsa Brandeis knows she is a bad Rhenian, unwilling to die for country and glory, but she wants to live. Quinn doesn’t kill her, and instead takes her with him. She does everything that Quinn tells her to do, sure at every step that he is going to kill her after she becomes useless. Yet he doesn’t and it baffles her … he even saves her life several times.
Elsa doesn’t understand Quinn. For her, he is a puzzle she wants to unlock and understand.
He’d saved her life. When he owed her nothing but disdain.
He’d endured months of torture instead of telling Doctor Sterling what he knew about the Marican resistance, although he owed the Maricans nothing.
And he’d made it out of the prison, to freedom, yet the only thing on his mind was going back to save his friends.
Being with him makes her remember why she became a doctor. Elsa had wanted to heal and to help, not to bring pain and inflict torture. Yet that was what she did to Quinn, because she had worshipped Doctor Sterling as a hero and she was blinded by the admiration she felt for him.
She could no longer justify it. Not when she watched him like this, so defenseless, so broken, stripped of any strength or dignity by the fever. The fever he’d caught saving her worthless hide.
When Elsa discovers about what Josie did to Quinn she is outraged. In the time they spent together, she has started to care for Quinn and she wonders when those feelings started.
Was it when he’d brought her back from the dead, when he could have just left well enough alone and been free of her? Or was it when he’d held her all night, so she wouldn’t freeze to death in the chill underground?
Or was it even earlier, when he’d allowed himself to fall into the ice cold river with her, instead of letting go and saving himself?
For her. When he owed her nothing. Less than nothing.
Quinn has decided to go back for his crew, but just before he departs, he asks Elsa to promise him she will kill him if he is captured and before Doctor Sterling can torture him again.
Elsa closed her eyes on the tears that threatened and prayed that if—when—the time came, she’d have the strength to deliver on the promise. To kill the man she loved, even if everything in her wanted to keep him alive.
When they are caught, she has to hide the change she experienced during the days with Quinn. She has to behave as though she is the same woman who left the prison three days ago. Deciding to take Quinn and his crew off Marica-3, Elsa makes plans. She “kills” Quinn and exchanges the guards for the three members of his crew she frees and then takes them to accompany the corpse in the shuttle. Now they have to escape … although is easier get on the shuttle than get off.
I enjoyed reading this book although I didn’t have the connection I was searching for in the story and with the characters. However, the end was a deception. It’s not a series—at least I haven’t found anything saying it is, but the end is indefinite … which left me with the feeling of reading an incomplete book. 4 couples.
Publisher: Entangled Select
Source : Publicist provided for review
Released : December 11th 2012