Author: Christine d'Abo
Title: No Quarter
Series: Bounty 1
Pairing: M/M, Bi
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
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.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
No Quarter started out slow and ended slow. The middle of the story also lacked that immediate grab to pull me in. Despite that, I did enjoy reading this story and thought overall it was well constructed.
Gar is a bounty hunter of some renown. He is sent to retrieve a pirate with a big bounty on his head, but Faolan has other plans. There is something he wants to sell to Gar's controller that is worth more than the bounty, so Gar is reassigned to travel with Faolan to retrieve the item. Getting to that point in the story where the plot actually becomes evident took a while. d'Abo added in a rather pointless sex scene first, which only served to distract me from the rest of the plot.
Next the story moves to them being on a space ship where the lengthy journey is filled with more sex. It felt like d'Abo used sex as the mechanism to allow Gar and Faolan to get to know each other rather than conversation and actual connection. It worked enough that I believed in the depth of their relationship, but the sex scenes quickly became repetitive.
I did like the world d'Abo created. It was interesting to see the different planets and different species that live in space. I also thought the space ships themselves were well thought out with a ton of detail. I only wish d'Abo had included more world-building instead of one of the filler sex scenes because this book had a ton of potential to be amazing.
This story had very interesting world-building and the overall plot was engaging, however the sex scenes quickly became repetitive and often distracted me from the plot. I do recommend this story, but only because I saw some things I really did like hidden behind the fluff and filler.
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