Author: Christine D'Abo
Title: No Remedy
Series: Bounty 2
Pairing: M/F, M/M, Poly (M/F/M)
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
For months, Mace Simms has been seeking an antidote for the poison killing her mentor. Her only hope is Alec Roiten, a brilliant scientist hiding on a backwater planet. Posing as a research assistant, Mace offers the elusive genius all the help she can, ignoring the explosive chemistry between them. Soon they’re close to a cure.
But then Alec’s former love Byron shows up, attempting to claim a bounty on Alec’s head, and all that careful research gets left behind when they’re forced to flee. And when Byron realizes the tip-off about Alec was a ruse by his rivals to lure him out into the open to kill him, the bounty hunt turns into a three-person scramble for survival.
Byron wants his old lover back, Alec is consumed by a haunting secret about the poison he’s desperate to defeat, and Mace is caught between them. But she’s beginning to think that’s exactly where she belongs as the three are drawn together in their race against death.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mace is on a mission: find the cure for the poison that's killing her best friend and mentor before it's too late. She finds a scientist hiding away on a desolate planet to help her, but when bounty hunters appear they have to run. Luckily, they take Byron, one of the bounty hunters, with them and a threesome erupts.
Overall I liked this story. The characters are well written with dynamic personalities and quirks that make each one distinctly interesting. The plot as they try to stay alive when it seems like everyone is trying to kill them kept my interest the entire book. There were surprising twists that had me on the edge of my seat, desperately wanting to know more. All of that made for a fun read.
Unfortunately, not all the book was excellent. If you've read my review of the first book in this series, you'll remember I had some issue with the amount of rather pointless sex tossed into the story. No Remedy takes this to a new, terrible level. They're desperately running from the bad guys, in the middle of an epic chase scene, and the main characters escape through a gate in space that jets them into another dimension. Yet, the scientist has injected himself with a drug that makes him desperately horny every time he goes through a gate. How convenient. Of course, they then have to stop everything to have a graphic and extended three-way. It broke the flow of the story, stretched the believably of the plot, and overall was completely unnecessary to the story. There is a time and place for sex scenes, but D'Abo seemed to throw one in whenever there was a slight lag in the story. It got so bad and so repetitive that I started skipping the pages and pages of sex just so I wasn't completely thrown out of the story.
Overall I did enjoy reading this book, which is why I recommend it. The characters were dynamic and the plot catching. However, the sex was so poorly timed for the flow of the plot and so repetitive it severely hurt my overall enjoyment.
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