Review: Break Out by Nina Croft

Break Out by Nina Croft
Series: A Blood Hunter novel (# 1)
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Page Count: 117
Source: Book tour

The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

Review:  Break Out is the first novel in the Blood Hunter series which is a sci-fi romance set in the year 3048. At first, while reading I was a bit confused on what what was going on and trying to get all the characters straight in my head. The world building is great in that the concept is completely new and not something tired. Yes, there is a vampire as the hero but he is not the normal vampire. He is more nostalgic of when he was human. This is definitely a series for a reader that likes to read something that is not the norm. The world is not one that we would recognize.

I did really like how all the secondary characters interacted with each other. The majority of the secondary characters are females who are super strong, independent and don’t let Rico push them around. The relationship between Rico and Sky is definitely one that doesn’t happen often. Both lost their spouses years ago. Rico was a womanizer before meeting Sky. Rico is able to break down Sky’s walls. I like how Croft made Rico more human than vampire.

I enjoyed reading this novel in that it isn’t what I normally read. The characters were well written and not plastic. There was enough set-up for future novels in the series. I would have preferred more of a cliffhanger at the end of the book but the ending was sweet.

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