Carina Fardelle lives day by day in fear of her life. The daughter of the Imperialist leader, Ciro Fardelle. When her father decides the waiting is over and she must marry, he picks a cruel groom. But he makes one mistake, he under estimates is wife and daughter as they make plans to get Carina out of Imperialist territory along with secrets Ciro would rather the Federation never find out about. Born a princess, but never acts like one, Carina falls deeply for the man who has come to rescue her.
Daniel Haws has been given the duty of removing Carina from her home and secreting her back to the Federation where she will deliver secrets that can help them in the war that is coming. Having been born without rank, he protects the Federation at all costs even if he doesn't agree with the politics. Early in life he is adopted into the Phantom Corps, which gave his life direction. He knows he cannot fall for the "package" he is supposed to deliver, but Carina's heart and strength draw him where he knows he shouldn't go.
Besides not liking the hierarchy of the families in these stories, I am rocking these books! The men are hard and capable, and the women are no weak flowers either. With each book we get more understanding of this world that Lauren Dane has created. We know something happened on Earth that forced humanity to find new worlds. But what I am not sure of his how long ago that was or even if Earth is still habitable. That's all beside the point but I do wonder as I am reading the series where they briefly give you glimpses of Earth.
The hero Daniel is a man after my heart. He loves his family to the point where while seeing his sister raped, he broke the law. He took care of the Rank scum hurting his sister and ended up in lock up. This is when Commander Ellis finds him and enlists him into the Phantom Corp he is building. We see that Daniel is the innate leader of this band even if he isn't officially. He takes command and does everything in his power to protect Carina and the people within his command. As the story goes on we see glimpses of his past to help us understand the man he is today. He still is in touch with his family and in fact his sister is Abbie from Relentless. Abbie is now married to Roman Lyons, the leader of the Federation.
Carina was the perfect match to Daniel. While everyone thinks she is a spoiled princess, she has actually spent the last few years living in fear of her life as she watches people close to her disappear or die mysteriously. She has fought to be true to herself while surviving through masks containing her real personality. When she escapes she makes a promise to be nothing but herself. That self was amazing in strength and heart. She was an active member of her escape often giving perspective to Daniel he didn't see.
When their love blossoms, it catches Daniel by surprise. He feels he isn't good enough for her, but she won't take no for an answer. She owns her sexuality and doesn't let her virgin status get in the way of getting what she wants. The love scenes are hot!
This book is everything you are looking for! Suspense, action, love, humor, drama and strength of will to live. Read it!