Friday, February 6, 2015

ARC Review: Riding the Odds by Lynda K. Scott

Title: Riding the Odds
Author: Lynda K. Scott
Source: Entangled Select Otherworlds
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 2

An act of desperation

and the beginning of seduction...

Spaceship captain Tara Rowan has her secrets. One is her Rider, Zie. Zie is an organic symbiote—like a living tattoo—that enhances Tara's physical abilities, including superhuman strength and reflexes. The other is the past she's tried so hard to leave behind her. But it's not until oh-so-sexy Trace Munroe decides to blackmail Tara that she realizes her secrets aren't so secret after all...

Trace is a Holy Knight who does everything by the book. Desperate to find a missing princess, he'll do whatever it takes to rescue her and bring her kidnappers to justice. Including blackmail. Yet something about the feisty ship captain draws Trace in and stirs his desire—even if she is a wanted criminal. Because the last thing he needs is any complications...especially when he has his own secrets to hide.
This was an amazing sci-fi romance.  It had everything!!!  We had spaceships and distant planets, strange and deadly native animals, and riders.  I really want to have a rider - if I say pretty please will someone go find me one?  This was a great addition to the story and allowed it to really blossom and go in so many great directions.  A rider is a creature - sort of like a 2 dimensional mini-dragon - that lives on your skin.  And they bond with you and talk to you and make you stronger and better.  How awesome is that!

Tara is an independent trader.  She doesn't work for one of the big families so she struggles to make ends meet and stay out of trouble.  But it seems to find her.  In this case, trouble comes in a really nice looking package named Trace.  Now, he doesn't tell her the whole story when they first meet or she would have turned tail and ran in other direction.  Instead they find themselves caught up in a search for Trace's sister that uncovers a much bigger plot that could have serious consequences for the universe overall.

Their journey was a very interesting one.  Trace has a huge handicap that I don't want to say too much about because it's a pretty big deal.  It almost ruins everything when Tara finds out the whole truth, but I forgave him for the lies and deceit because he really did have a good reason for them.  Their romance was an odd one, with both taking a long time to truly trust each other.

The world building was amazing and the history of the characters was so developed that you couldn't help but just believe in them.  I wish there was more to this story because I just don't want to let it go.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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