Title: Beloved Enemy
Author: Hywela Lyn
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Shortlisted for the 2017 Romance Novel of The Year (RNA 'RoNAs)
Cat O’Brien is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her half-sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.
Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. He will do anything to protect her and her crew. However, the beautiful, red haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.
Marooned on an inhospitable planet, which seems to defy natural laws, the two are forced to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction to each other. How can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again and she has made a solemn pledge to destroy him?
This book was an amazingly enjoyable read! I had no idea that this was the third book of a series. This was a fantastic stand alone that can be read without having read the first two of the series. I was immediately drawn to Cat (and Shifter) and Kerry. The characters were so well written that the reader quickly developed a feeling for them. I loved the twists and turns as they existed on the planet. A fan of sci fi will just love this book.
I found myself lost a bit with the quick scene changes that were hard to understand, at first. When the big surprise hit and there was a larger presence involved, I was struck by how quickly I found myself looking for Captain Picard and Q. I am a HUGE fan of that series so this worked for me on many levels.
The action was fast paced and exciting, the growing yet begrudged feelings between Cat and Kerry was really well written. This is a page turner and hard to put down. The superb ending was just the icing on the cake and I would love to read the first two and cannot wait to read the 4th installment. Super highly recommend this book to every fan of science fiction!
My Rating: 4.5 stars * -.5 for just the hint of loss of originality in places *
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Hywela Lyn lives in a small village in England, with her long-suffering husband Dave, although her heart remains in her native rural Wales, which inspired much of her writing.
Although most her writing tends to be futuristic, the worlds she creates are usually untainted by crowded cities and technology, embracing the beauty and wildness of nature. Her debut novel, a Science Fiction/Adventure romance released by the Wild Rose Press, was followed by a sequel ‘Children Of The Mist’. A third novel ‘Beloved Enemy’, released in March 2016 continues what has now become a series known as ‘The Destiny Trilogy’.
A keen animal lover, she has two horses, a ‘feral’ stable cat, and a rescued terrier, who manages to twist her round his little paw. When she is not writing, she can usually be found enjoying the outdoors with the horses and dog – or just eating chocolate!
She is a member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association (UK) and Chiltern Writers, her local writing group.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N