Zenos, from the Astra Legion of Rogue 5, is on a mission to find an antidote to the deadly venom flowing through his body. Without the antidote, one bite during mating will kill a hybrid Forsian’s chosen female. Zenos must acquire the serum at any cost, for like his Atlan cousins, his mating instinct will eventually consume him. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but one look at the defiant female bounty hunter and he can’t deny his body what she’s offering—a few wild hours of pleasure.
Ivy Birkeland’s entire ReCon unit was annihilated as a result of Quell, a mind-altering drug the pirates of Rogue 5 are known to distribute. A rebel to her core, her heart still broke when she was forced to walk away from her life as a Coalition fighter. Now she hunts a bounty that will allow her to catch the criminals selling Quell and avenge her dead friends. Free of the Coalition Fleet’s strict regulations, she makes a deal with an unknown Rogue 5 operative to gain access to his home planet and travels to Transport Station Zenith to meet him.
When Ivy’s smoking hot, one-night-stand turns out to be her Rogue 5 contact, every carefully-laid plan she’s made goes to hell. Because when a rebel and a rogue are forced to work together, sparks will fly. They don’t need the criminals to kill them, they just might finish each other…if they don’t fall in love first.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable installment in the Interstellar Brides Program series.
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
This novel was well written and edited, with no typos or wrong word choices that this reader caught. This novel had many action and adventure elements, and the world building and characterization were both very good. The heroine, especially, was a vibrant individual. The romance between hero and heroine developed naturally, though their relationship development was fairly simple because the external conflict, or stakes, in this novel were so high. This novel had low to medium levels of angst, or internal conflict. That tends to be my preferred narrative structure in romance novels, so I enjoyed it. This novel ends on a fairly satisfying HEA, or Happy Ever After. I recommend this novel to fans of sci-fi or paranormal romance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously B.A!!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2020
GIRL POWER!! Demos and Ivy kick some serious A$$ together! But in true Grace Goodwin form, it's still the girl who's tougher, which I love. 'The Rebel and the Rogue' has a little more of an edge than most of the books in the Interstellar Brides universe, but you won't mind the bite. You will be drawn in to the struggle, as each of these characters fights for survival, and realizes that maybe, if they can make it through this battle, that there might finally be something more for them than just surviving. They might just have found something to live for, instead of just something they are willing to die for.
However. There are some reasons why this book falls just short of its 5th star. First off though, THESE ISSUES DO NOT make this book one to skip over in my estimation!!!! This is still a really good story! But there are some speed bumps on this road. So, on to a description of those speed bumps: There is no explanation given on why every single member of this unit but one would go into battle under the influence of the drug Quell. It just doesn't mesh with what we have come to expect from a human special ops recon unit in the war against the Hive. All of the human characters we have met in this series who serve in these units have been seasoned veterans of Earth militaries before ever entering the war in space, meaning that the likelihood of an entire unit of special ops soldiers becoming drug addicts out of control enough to risk going into battle high...just doesn't make sense. And it definitely doesn't reflect well on the characters and strength of human soldiers, which is the opposite of the image that the author has built of these characters over the span of this entire lengthy series. There isn't any explanation of the affects of the drug or the time it generally takes for an abuser to reach this level of self destruction. And how and why, if every other member of her unit fell victim to this dangerous drug, did Ivy somehow escape this same fate? Finally, there is also no explanation of how Ivy obtained the antidote she uses to bargain her way into Rogue 5. This is somewhat less of an issue to the integrity of the narrative than the Quell questions are in my opinion, but I was still left scratching my head over it. Honestly, I'm hoping for a small revision and update of this book. It seems like these plot holes could be fairly simply fixed without having to change much in the story overall, so I'm crossing my fingers. Because of this, I want to make it clear again, This book is still very much worth purchasing and reading! Just go into it knowing that there are a couple of unresolved issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebel and the Rogue
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020
This story brings us some awesome characters in Zenos of the Astra Legion of Rogue 5 and Ivy Birkeland.
Ivy, a human, has walked away from the Coalition Fleet’s regulations to become a bounty hunter seeking revenge against the aliens responsible for the death of her entire ReCon unit. They were provided with Quell, a mind-altering drug distributed by the pirates of Rogue 5, and no one survived. Ivy will not stop until she has seen justice served and the death of her unit avenged. She has no desire for any sort of commitment to a male, but she still makes time for a wildly passionate one-night stand with a stranger to take care of her needs.
Zenos, a hybrid Forsian, is on a mission to obtain a serum, the antidote to make sure a female survives the mating bite from his poisonous fangs. In the same way that the mating instinct affects the Atlans, Zenos knows his own mating instinct will soon control him and he needs to be prepared with the serum. Although he cannot mate until that serum is in his possession, when he meets the kicka$$ bounty hunter, he won't deny his body the one-time experience of a few hours of pleasure she is offering him without commitment.
As always, this author gives us the very best stories, bringing the reader back again and again to read about the various aliens we are so familiar with! The story line is fast-paced and exciting as Zenos and Ivy let their passions overtake them, only to meet each other again unexpectedly at Transport Station Zenith when she attempts to gain access to the “unknown operative’s” home planet. How will their overwhelming attraction impact her plans for revenge? They need each other – can either walk away? Grab your copy and immerse yourself in a fantastic experience you won’t want to miss as the author places us in the amazing universe she has created!
5.0 out of 5 stars Rogue 5!
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
Even though I tested as a Trion bride, I love Rogue 5 stories the best! The notion of Leagues and their honor appeal to me.
Ivy was a Coalition fighter who turned bounty hunter after her team was massacred. She is hunting the one who set them up to die for vengeance.
Zenos is part of Astra League and is assigned to escort and protect Ivy on her journey into Cerebus’ territory. But he doesn’t know the secrets she holds.
This is a really good story in the Rogue 5 series, and I look forward to more of them!