No Quarter, By Christine d’Abo
Series: Bounty, Book 1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (edited 2nd edition)
Release Date: April 25, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
When bounty hunter Gar Stitt is given a simple locate-and-retrieve mission, he’s convinced it’s a waste of his skills. His success rate is legendary, after all, and Captain Faolan Wolf isn’t hard to find. He’s the most notorious pirate in the galaxy, and when he shows up planetside to take his pleasures, he’s far from subtle.
Faolan never expected a hot but tightly wound hunter to walk into his private party and try to apprehend him single-handedly. And when an unexpected betrayal forces them to work together, Faolan’s even more surprised to find himself drawn to Gar personally—especially since neither of them do personal.
Gar had intended to put Faolan in prison. Instead he finds his solitary existence shaken by his desire for the pirate. And when the bounty hunter becomes the hunted, he must put his faith in Faolan and his pirate crew, or run the risk of ending up dead.
Space pirates and bounty hunters? What’s not to like?!
I was thoroughly entertained by No Quarter, Book One of Christine d’Abo’s Bounty series. Our two heroes, Gar the bounty hunter and his target, outlaw Faolan join forces as well as body parts, and their ensuing adventure is nothing short of explosive – literally and figuratively.
Speaking of explosive, the two men had amazing chemistry right from the start. Despite the fact that their insta-lust was first triggered by an artificial aphrodisiac, their attraction and subsequent connection was hot and believable. For the record, hot and believable tend to be good things, even in a space opera. From beginning to end, the book managed to maintain an easy balance between playful and meaningful. And most importantly, it did not veer into out-and-out camp. At least it didn’t for me, and on most days, I have a very low tolerance for campiness.
The characters, especially Faolan, were larger than life. The author kept the excitement going at a steady clip while building upon the bond between our two heroes and throwing in some solid twists for good measure. I liked that both men were bisexual, and not just in passing mention (or in a GFY way, for that matter); a former lady love played a prominent albeit indirect role in the story. Another thing I appreciated was the fact that the book wasn’t bogged down with a ton of space jargon that only seasoned sci-fi fans would be familiar with.
There really wasn’t much about the book I didn’t like. A teasing comment towards the end likening one of our heroes to a girl threw me off, but it wasn’t enough to ruin the book for me.
Overall, it was a fun and filthy read. Sign me up for Book Two.
A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.