I'm not a big fan of futuristic romances, but I did really enjoy this one!
An altruistic hero, a strong heroine, a worthy cause, interesting characters, some hot sex - they all add up to a surprisingly good read.
The Unforgettable Series by C.J. Barry began with UNEARTHED, followed in short order by UNRAVELED and UNLEASHED. With UNMASKED, the author has brought us the most delectable hero of all-Qaade Deter. A man of many faces, he's at once a plunderer known only as the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone. To law enforcement officials on a number of planets, he's a pirate wanted dead or alive. For the men and women forced into slavery and set free by an unknown hero, he's laghato, the savior. To Torrie Masters, a freight captain on a maiden voyage for her family's business, the man in the mask is nothing but trouble with a capital T.
When the Ghost Rider and his gang of roughshod, yet lovable pirates capture the Ventura2, Torrie refuses to bail. This is her ship, by God, and if the engine core is going to melt down, it will just have to take her with it. Fortunately-or not, depending on your point of view-the inevitable breakdown doesn't happen. Instead, her ship is overrun by pirates, and Torrie is taken captive.
In what could have been the end of a very short-lived life as a Captain, the leader of the Ghost Riders sets her free-then turns around and demands her help in return. The pirates are intent on setting free those in slavery, and Qaade expects a grateful Torrie to assist him. Torrie, who had a hand in the rescue of her brother Zain from just such a fate, admires Qaade and his gangly band of merry men in their endeavors. But Torrie isn't sure that joining forces with a man both feared and admired the solar system over is someone to go into league with.
As passions ignite, tempers flare, and forces unite in a bid to save the universe, both Torrie and Qaade are thrown into more and more desperate-and dangerous-circumstances. They'll have to trust each other to survive, and dealing with the emotions of their hearts seems to be the least of their worries.
UNMASKED, although the fourth in the series, is a stand-alone book that lovers of action-adventure, science fiction, and futuristic romances can all enjoy. The story is almost like a ragtag Robin Hood, with the bad guys as good guys in disguise, and a heroine that makes Maid Marian look like a wimp. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and happily anticipate the next book in the series.
This book was pretty good, though it was a departure from the first three books. I thought the others were light and fluffy reads. This one was a lot darker. I thought Torrie and Qaade made a great team, but were not convincing as lovers. That sexual spark was missing in their relationship. Torrie was a bit of a spoiled princess, but boy did she get an eye opening experience with the life Qaade led. His mission was to rescue slaves from their slavers. Qaade wanted to be the one in control of everything, but he had to learn the hard way that it was okay to have help from others. There were a few times I got teary-eyed and I was really rooting for Torrie and Qaade to come through to save the day. I'm a bit disappointed that there are no others in this series.
excellent futuristic romance series. Loosely tied together, they don't need to be read in any order but this is the 4th in the series
Not my favorite of the series, but still good.
This my first C. J. Barry book and I loved it!
My first by Ms Barry. I am looking for more. Very enjoyable.
This is a great book! First time reading this author. Kept me turning pages. Wonderful hero and heroine. Technology did not get in the way of the romance, but you felt like you were there in the shuttles, fighters and space stations with them.
This was the first book I read by Ms. Barry and one of the first Science Fiction Romances I read. I was hooked by the opening and had fun reading this. It dealt with some deep issues, human slavers, greed and self-preservation. I liked the romance. I thought it was good.
I went out after reading this and bought all of the rest of Ms. Barry's sf books.
If you like ur romance funny, your characters smart and hot then this is ur kind of read. The setting is in clsoe quarters for the most part so the heat is on. I liked how the characters defined each other's attraction and overall need for one another. The background story tied in very well too. Thumbs up on this one.
I almost didn't read this one after the disappointment that was book 3. This was so much better, I think this is the best one in the 4 book series. I loved Torrie and Qaade.