As head of the Sargaidia guards, Nina Janelle is accustomed to getting what she wants out of her men—in battle and in bed. These days, she’s in a losing battle with her panther-shifter heat cycle, each round requiring more and more men to quell her burning need. Until she meets Commission Officer Jordan Vasil. Suddenly, only one man can satisfy her—too bad the cocky pilot grates on her very last nerve.
Nina’s is the only face floating in his mind when Jordan lies alone at night, suffering from unrequited lust. It seems she’d rather slit his throat than bed him—until he finds her in debilitating pain from her efforts to subdue her urges. Ignoring her attempts to push him away, he gives her what she needs. His touch. His body.
Nina’s not quite ready to concede defeat, but she needs Jordan’s piloting skills to find her missing brother. Alone with him in close quarters promises to be more than distracting. Losing control could cost more than her kick-ass reputation. It could cost their lives.
Jordan is a werelion/tiger. We first met him when he and his brother, Sevan, came to the home planet of the Janelle family in the last book. despite the many women willing to throw themselves in his bed, Jordan torments himself with the one woman that wants nothing more than to argue and punch him- Nina Janelle.
They have a history of yelling at one another or ignoring each other altogether. This story, though, picks up pretty much at the moment both choose to let the fight go and just be nice to each other. And they are nice. They're even sweet to each other. Much like two people who are standing toe to toe on the verge of dating. They're just sweethearts. And their actions are 'human'.
The markings on Nina's body foretell that she will be a great warrior until she finds her mate then he will settle her, and her nurturing side will flourish. This becomes obvious. What's the kicker is the same old story, lack of communication.
Both Nina and Jordan are under the assumption that the other is only fulfilling the sexual urges Nina is enduring. Until she claims her mate, she suffers horrible pains that no amount of past lovers could ever cure her of.
My heart went out to Pheebes. I hope his story comes soon. He needs love.
The only thing that really bugged me in this story was major time jump between chapters three and four. One minute we're on a crashed ship and the next, Nina is tied to a bed in an 'enemy' camp.
The story itself actually happens around them. Everything they set out to do either concludes in their absence or is altogether forfeit, left for a future tale. Nina's twin brother Kyriakos is yet to be found.
Not sure if it's my lack of memory, or the numerous books that I have read since books one and two of this series, but I found this story to be 'better' than the firsts. More entertaining yes, definitely, but written better as well. *shrugs* Just an observation.