NIGHTCHASER by Amanda Bouchet
Kirkus Star


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A space rebel with a price on her head discovers she may have the power to alter the balance of power in a galactic struggle—just as she’s falling for a sexy trader with dangerous secrets of his own.

When Capt. Tess Bailey and her crew steal an entire lab containing a stash of vaccines she plans to take to an orphanage, she’s suddenly on the radar of the brutal Galactic Overseer and his army and realizes the lab must contain something far more valuable than medicine. Rather than surrendering, Tess flies her ship, Endeavor, into a black hole, which turns out to be a wormhole. The crew survives but their ship is damaged, and Tess now has a huge bounty on her head since the lab actually houses a stockpile of superserum which would make whomever takes it—soldiers, for instance—superstrong and impervious to disease. Landing on planet Albion 5 to hide and recharge, Tess is referred to Shade Ganavan, who agrees to fix her ship. Tess has never been more attracted to a man and thinks Ganavan is attracted to her too, yet he rebuffs every overture. In fact, he’s a bounty hunter, and turning her in will enable him to win back the birthright he gambled away. Ganavan knows Tess is special, and he might be willing to give up everything to fight by her side, but even he is stunned to discover that not only is Tess Public Enemy No. 1, but she’s also Quintessa Novalight, the Galactic Overseer’s daughter, long believed dead. Plus she may hold the secret to defeating the evil regime. Bouchet (Heart on Fire, 2018, etc.), who took the romance world by storm with The Kingmaker Chronicles, launches a sci-fi series that is chock full of intrigue, heroism, conflict, and sexual tension, with hints of spiritualism and magic.

Bouchet’s masterful writing and storytelling meet science-fiction romance, in hyperdrive.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4926-6713-1
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2018


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