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Review: Break Out by Nina Croft

Break Out (Blood Hunters #1) by Nina Croft
Scifi Romance, Futuristic, Vampires
Ebook $0.99 (ENTANGLED)
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!

Author Site: ninacroft.com

The Future of Immortality (4 stars)

In Entangled Publishing's launch title, Break Out, we get our first taste of the Blood Hunters series. In this futuristic series Earth is a planet people no longer call home. Toxic before refined, a mineral known as Meridian has become the key to life eternal to those who can afford the exorbitant cost. Those who have been so blessed have become known as the Collective. Meridian has not only changed their bodies to withstand the tests of time but connected them on a deeper level.

But the Collective aren't the only immortal—nor enhanced—beings in the galaxy. Vampires like the roguish Rico Sanchez have made their mark and with the new rise in the popularity of the Church this is one fascinating new future. When Rico and the crew of his ship, El Cazador, are lured into an impossible but lucrative prison break by the lovely Skylar Rossaria readers are only going to get a little taste of the potential from Nina Croft's Blood Hunters.

It's no secret that I personally HATE when a series of novels starts with a novella. Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series and Marjorie M. Liu's Hunter Kiss are excellent examples of this sort of thing just not working very well. Break Out definitely is not going to change my mind in that regard but what it did manage to do was give me a taste of what to expect. The world of the Blood Hunters series is not as well established, explained or developed in this novella as I needed to be satisfied. A lot of concepts and things were introduced and much like a certain television show that frustrated viewers for six seasons it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. If you enjoy both space-centered science fiction romances and fantasy elements like vampires and shapeshifters this novella is kind of like an appetizer made up of these.

If you're reading it more as a romance reader I have to admit I didn't care for the hero in this one. I've never been able to quite figure out what was an essential characteristic for me in a hero but this novella helped me pinpoint it. Rico is... a lone wolf. Not the kind of lone wolf who keeps his distance to protect others or himself. The kind of lone wolf who comes off as arrogant and aloof in all the wrong ways. His interest and "love" for Skylar at the end felt completely contrived. Their love scenes were alright, I'd probably have enjoyed them more if I didn't want to punch Rico in the face through all but one section of the entire novella. Skylar on the otherhand is pretty mysterious. Her attraction to Rico seems to be completely sexual. Even still I liked her personality and how she intereacted with the secondary characters.

On the whole this was an enjoyable but not lovable novella and an interest piqueing introduction to a series I am very much anxious to truly dive into. It does a nice job of building up to the second Blood Hunters book, Deadly Pursuit, which is due out in January 2012. I'd recommend this one to scifi romance lovers who need a quick read and vampire enthusiasts who have an interest in scifi romances but haven't been sure whether they'd like them or not.

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Notes: Purchased by me.

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