Flying Through Fire

Flying Through Fire

by Nina Croft

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ISBN-13: 9781682813447
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2016
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 419,525
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Flying Through Fire

A Dark Desires Novel


By Nina Croft, Candace Havens

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Nina Croft
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-776-9


CHAPTER 1

Ten years later


The tips of Thorne's wings twitched as he paced the bridge of the Blood Hunter. It was time to go. Hell, it had been time to go for years now.

He had responsibilities.

"Will you either stop that goddamn pacing, or get the hell out of here," Captain Tannis snapped. "You're giving me a goddamn headache."

He ignored her, stretching his wings to ease the tension, and Tannis had to take a step back or be knocked off her feet. She swore loudly. "And watch with the goddamn wings." She stared at him through narrowed eyes. "I seriously need to shoot someone."

They were all a little jumpy. Too long doing nothing. They needed a good fight to clear the air. Unfortunately, there was no one left to fight.

They'd been in limbo since the downfall of the Church six months ago. They could never have envisioned that the whole system would fall apart completely, leaving them no obvious enemies. But once Hatcher, the High Priest of the Church of Everlasting Life, had given up, everyone else had seemed to melt away.

Thorne had waited around until they were sure Fergal wasn't going to need a full-on rescue mission. At least, that had been his excuse to stay on the Blood Hunter for the last six months, when he should have been back with his own people on Espera.

Fergal was part cyborg, and Daisy's — the copilot of the Blood Hunter's — boyfriend. He'd been sort of offline, his brain almost fried when he'd wrenched control of the cyborg army from the Church, just in time to prevent the majority of the Blood Hunter's crew from being burned at the stake.

That was six months ago, but now Fergal was conscious and on his way to the Blood Hunter. There was nothing to keep Thorne here. Nothing at all.

And he still had those responsibilities.

The last of his people had already gone ahead. There was just him now, and he'd be on his way any moment.

"Waiting for something?" Rico drawled from where he sat in the pilot's seat, his long, booted legs stretched out and crossed at the ankle on the console in front of him. "Or should I say someone."

"Piss off," Thorne said. But his eyes strayed to the transporter bubble. She knew he was leaving. The least she could do was say good-bye. But why should she? Candy considered him a boring old tosser — or that's the description she'd used the last time they'd spoken, when he'd tried to explain his reasons for going back.

He'd even suggested she come for a visit. Her answer had been even more derogatory — why visit a boring planet light years from anywhere, full of a load of farmers? She had things to do in the real world.

That's what he was worried about. He was quite aware she hadn't given up on her plans for revenge. No, she was nothing if not tenacious.

"Why don't you just tell her how you feel?" Rico suggested, and Thorne could hear the thread of amusement in the vampire's voice. Bastard.

"Tell who?" Tannis asked, curiosity overcoming her boredom. "And how does he feel?"

"Mind your own goddamn business," Thorne muttered. Of course that was going to happen — like never.

"Thorne has a hard-on for Candy," Rico informed her. "And I don't mean the sweet variety."

Tannis sat down abruptly, eyes wide as she stared at Thorne. His wings twitched again. "Candy?" she asked. "Jon and Alex's Candy?"

"Is there another?"

"As in werewolf, mad-as-a-bitch-in-heat, Candy?"

"That's the one."

"Well, all I can say is he's a brave man."

"No, he's not. Because he's not going to do anything about it. In true, noble, leader-of-the-fucking-people, Mr. Perfect fashion, he's going to do absolutely nothing."

Tannis pursed her lips. "A sensible man, then."

"Well, she is young enough to be his ..." Rico shook his head. "I can't even work it out. It doesn't bear thinking about. But there is a considerable age difference."

Nine thousand, nine hundred and eighty years to be precise. Not that he was counting.

"Plus, I've never met someone so stuck up his own ass as our friend Thorne here. And Candy is ..."

"A complete and utter maniac," Tannis finished for him.

They were being a bit unfair. Candy was a little wild, but she had her reasons. And she was young. Once the universe settled down, no doubt she would as well. He found himself quite sad at the idea. Maybe that's what attracted him — her wildness. She was so different from anyone he had ever met.

"Aw, look, he's gone all dreamy," Rico said.

"Fuck off." But he didn't try and deny it. Nothing passed the vampire.

"Does Jon know?" Tannis asked.

"There's nothing to know," Thorne snapped.

"I heard that she tried to seduce him when she was sixteen. I'm guessing he's been torn between jumping her bones and running as fast as he can in the opposite direction ever since."

How the hell did Rico know about that?

"Angel told me," Rico answered as though he'd spoken the question out loud. "That Candy made a bet with him that she could seduce you. She was apparently not pleased when she lost."

No, she hadn't been pleased. She'd made that crystal clear. But she'd been sixteen, and he'd been nearly ten thousand. Though she'd certainly been no child. He doubted she'd been a child since she was twelve — when her father had been captured and her mother coerced into returning to the Church — and she'd taken on responsibility for herself and Angel.

She'd shocked him, that was all.

He hadn't really been terrified, as she'd accused.

That had been six long years ago. She hadn't tried again since. And he was glad about that. There could never be anything between them. They were too different. She was so young. He was immensely old. She was wild and impulsive and he was ... not. They would drive each other crazy within minutes. They already did.

She was the only person who could reduce him to unreasonable rage. And there was no way he could allow himself to lose control like that. Because he was beginning to believe that if he lost control, bad things could happen. Really bad things.

So why was he still here?

He glanced up from the contemplation of his boots to find Tannis and Rico regarding him with disbelief and amusement respectively. At least he was entertaining.

"I'm leaving," he said.

"About fucking time," Tannis replied.

She had never forgiven him for messing with her mind, knocking her out, when they had first met. And she was really unhappy with the knowledge that he could do it again any time he wanted to. And much more, if she knew the truth. Which she didn't. And he wasn't about to share.

"We'll see you out," Rico said.

"There's no need."

"Just being friendly."

Just seeing him off the premises. Of course, Rico had never forgiven him for zapping Skylar's mind, either. And he suspected Rico guessed that his powers went far beyond mind-zapping and were, in fact, far greater than he had ever revealed. Hell, even he didn't know the full extent of what he could do, and it was probably best he never found out.

All three of them entered the transporter bubble.

"Docking Bay." He spoke the words in his mind, and the ship responded. She had been built by Callum Meridian, the leader of the Collective, the old ruling class, so she'd been designed for people with wings, people who could talk with their minds.

Five hundred years ago, when the human race arrived at the Trakis system, they had stumbled upon a never-seen-before substance. Meridian, named after Callum who had discovered it, bestowed — among other things — increased strength, telepathy, immortality, and eventually wings. The Collective had been born, and they soon ruled the universe with a ruthless hand.

Originally, they'd believed Meridian was a radioactive mineral. Only recently had they discovered it was actually animal in nature. Part of the asexual reproductive cycle of a dragon-like species of alien, it had the ability to combine with human DNA and form a hybrid. The effects increased with age, and thanks to an unplanned trip down a wormhole — which had taken him not only to another universe and the dragons' home planet, but also back in time ten thousand years — Thorne was the oldest and strongest of those who had been changed by Meridian. Which meant he could control them all.

They found Daisy in the docking bay, awaiting the arrival of her boyfriend. She flashed them a worried glance. "You heard, then?"

"Heard what?" Rico asked. "We're here to say our fond farewells to Thorne. What's happened?"

"Jon called. Apparently, they've lost Candy. Again. Seems she got a call and vanished. I checked, and one of the shuttles is gone."

"Shit," Rico said. "Did I not say if she pulled that shit again then I was locking her in the brig?"

"Actually, I think I said that," Tannis added. "That girl is more trouble than a nest of priests."

As he listened to the conversation, a weird sense of relief swept over him. With a wave of shock, he realized he hadn't wanted to go. For ten thousand years, his people had been in exile, marooned in another universe. And for all that time, he'd done his duty, protected his people, kept them safe. Then twenty-two years ago, he'd fulfilled his promise and finally got them to their promised land of Espera. He'd seen them settled. Now he wanted something for himself. Of course, he was never going to actually have that something, but it was almost liberating to admit it.

"Do we know where she's gone?" Tannis asked.

"I tracked the shuttle — looks like she's heading to Trakis Two."

"Well, we can't go after her yet. She'll have to wait until Fergal gets here."

"I'll give Sardi a call," Rico said. "Ask him to watch out for her."

"No way," Thorne said. Rico raised an eyebrow, and he continued, "Damn demon has been trying to get into her pants since she was sixteen. I'll go after her."

"Don't you have somewhere you're supposed to be?" Tannis asked.

"Another few days aren't going to make a difference. And my shuttle is prepped and ready to fly. You can follow when Fergal gets here. If I go now, I might catch her before she reaches the planet and causes whatever mayhem she has planned."

"Thorne to the rescue," Rico murmured.

Thorne ignored the comment. At least now he knew why she hadn't come to say good-bye. Because she hadn't been here. She'd been busy stealing a shuttle and heading back to Trakis Two. He could only guess that she had received news about the people who had betrayed her family ten years ago. She hadn't given up the search. And she could be walking straight into danger.

It occurred to him that if she hadn't wanted someone to come after her, she could easily have disabled the shuttle's tracking device.

Had she known he would drop everything and follow her?

He was guessing — yes.


* * *

Candy stepped out of the shuttle and came to an abrupt standstill. The place was silent.

She'd set the shuttle down on the outskirts of the city then activated the stealth mode. It didn't do to leave your ship unguarded in Pleasure City, not if you expected it to still be there when you got back. But all the shuttles from the Blood Hunter were now equipped with stealth mode, and unless someone literally walked into it, she could pretty much guarantee it wouldn't be found.

She'd lived on Trakis Two most of her life, except for the last few months on board the Blood Hunter, and she knew the city well, and loved it. It was a total den of iniquity, but also vibrantly alive.

Usually.

Today the silence hung heavy on the air.

A shiver of unease trickled down her spine. But she couldn't worry about that now. She had a double-crossing bastard to eliminate.

She wrapped her leather coat — pinched from Rico and a mite too long, so it dragged on the ground — around her to hide the laser pistols strapped to her waist.

Though, actually, there was no one to see whether she was armed or not. The streets, usually crammed with locals and tourists who flocked to the city-that-never-sleeps, were empty. Even through the recent wars that had almost torn the Trakis system apart, the pace of Pleasure City had never slowed. Loud music would blast from the twenty-four-hour clubs, the air thick with the scent of food of every variety known to man.

Not today.

Where the hell was everyone?

She passed the tattoo parlor where she'd gotten all of her body art done, but the place was locked up and dark. In fact, all of the businesses were locked up.

What had happened here?

She had friends in the City, people she had known all her life. Where were they? She would find out, but only after she had dealt with Drago. She didn't want news of her arrival reaching him, or he'd likely do a runner, as he'd done last time she was close.

At least he showed a healthy fear of her. She liked that.

She paused to stare up at the sky. Would they come after her? Tannis had told her that the last time really was the last time. But she reckoned loyalty to her parents would make them follow. Of course, she could have gone to them first, asked for help. They understood revenge; she had no doubt they would offer what assistance they could. But she was used to relying on nobody but herself, and asking for help was an alien concept.

Then there was Thorne.

He'd seen her as a responsibility for too long now to just let her go out and get herself killed. Not that she needed his help. She was quite capable of handling Drago on her own.

If he was even here.

But her intel had been good and up to date.

She reached Drago's bar. Like everywhere else, the place was closed up tight. There was no one to see, so she pulled her laser pistol and shot out the lock, then kicked in the door. The lights were off in the main room, though the place was set up for business. She stood in the doorway for long minutes, but when nothing moved, she stepped inside, the pistol still hanging loosely at her side.

This was where she had first met Drago. She'd been sixteen and desperate to find any news of whoever had betrayed her parents, and maybe a way to get them back. The longer they remained prisoners of the Church, the more likely they were to give away what they were — werewolves were hardly renowned for their restraint — and that would have meant instant execution. Hatcher hated her mother and would no doubt have loved an excuse to get rid of her. Likely only the fact that the people had always loved their priestess had kept her alive. Candy had let it be known she was willing to buy information, and Drago had contacted her.

Unfortunately, the price he had asked hadn't been one she had expected to pay. Her stomach churned at the memory.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Well, it hadn't killed her. Though for a while afterward she'd almost wished it had.

In the end, it hadn't helped her find what and who she was searching for, either. But that was hardly surprising, as she now knew the person who had betrayed her father was none other than Drago himself.

A door opposite led into his private quarters. As she crossed the room, her boots sounded loud on the wooden floors, but it didn't matter. It appeared there was no one to hear her.

Had she wasted her time? Was Drago long gone?

All the same, as she came to a halt in front of the door, her heartbeat picked up. She wasn't afraid. It was pure hatred that was fueling her, not fear. Reaching into her pocket, she pulled out the silver flask — also pinched from Rico — unscrewed the top, and took a long swallow of whiskey. Warmth spread from her stomach to her limbs, slowing her heartbeat.

She remembered the feel of Drago on her, the suffocating sense of powerlessness as his body had pierced hers. It hadn't been rape. Not in the real sense of the word, as she hadn't fought him. That had been his price for the information. But she'd been a virgin and he hadn't been gentle. That feeling of powerlessness had never left her, had changed her forever.

Black hatred of him rose up inside her. Not only for taking her virginity, but for the lies he told and the promises he had made, all the while laughing behind her back. He'd promised to help her find her father's betrayer when all the time it had been him.


(Continues...)

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Flying Through Fire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
takes a bit to get used to the charactersand storyline but I kept coming back for every book. im hooked.
TashaDriver More than 1 year ago
This is the sixth and final book in the genre mash-up Dark Desires series that follows the multi-species (vampire, werewolf, dragon, cyborg) space traveling crew of the Blood Hunter. What you should know: **The hero and heroine of this book are Thorne, the 10,000 year-old (thanks to time travel) human-dragon hybrid first introduced in Temporal Shift, and Candace aka Candy, the werewolf daughter of Jon and Alex from Deadly Pursuit. **Thorne was tasked with the job of being the protector of Candy and her brother when their parents were taken away by The Church when they were twelve. Because of this, Thorne's reluctance to get involved with Candy is very justified. Some readers may not enjoy that relationship (though it does not throw off creepy vibes once you get past the initial backstory in the first couple of chapters) or some things that happen to Candy when she is a teenager (not involving Thorne). **Thousands of lives are in jeopardy because of a threat from the Old Ones, the original dragons and Thorne is the oldest of the dragon hybrids. He is still figuring out the extent of his powers and abilities at the start of the book. The paranormal elements are higher in this book than any of the others. As you can imagine, this book is fast paced and full of enough action to make you're head spin. **I don't enjoy Hard Sci-Fi much and that is usually the genre you are getting when space ships and time travel are involved. If you are like me, don't let that stop you from reading. This series is more Paranormal and Futuristic Fantasy than Hard Sci-Fi. **Although the series is best read in order to get the full backstory, this author always does an excellent job of recapping just enough for the reader to follow what is currently happening I enjoyed reading this book as much as all of the others in the series. I think it's a great end and it certainly can leave room for a spin off series or even for this one to continue on if the author decided on either. As usual, her writing is very good. The story is clear even with the multitude of different elements going on. Candy's and Thorne's relationship progresses naturally even though she is constantly thinking seducing about him. I feel like this gives the reader ample time to connect with both characters separately instead of as a couple. They are both so different. He is duty-bound, uptight, and rightfully obsessed with maintaining control over himself so that some very dangerous powers don't manifest. She's impulsive and "wild" (This word is used to describe her but I would say she is more brave than wild.). Despite their differences, they play well off of each other. It's not a "jump right in the sack" progression but the romance elements are still very sexy throughout the book.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--FLYING THROUGH FIRE is the sixth installment in Nina Croft’s adult DARK DESIRES multi-genre paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi romance series focusing on the crew of the space ship Blood Hunter. This is werewolf shifter Candace Decker, and human/dragon hybrid Thorne’s story line. FLYING THROUGH FIRE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although I recommend reading the series in order for backstory and cohesion. FLYING THROUGH FIRE advances the series several years. Candace is the daughter of Jonathon and Alexia (Deadly Pursuit #2). Told from several third person points of view FLYING THROUGH FIRE follows Candace Decker as she hunts for the man responsible for destroying her parent’s life. Never far behind, the winged human/dragon hybrid, and Candace’s protector Thorne, follows hoping to bring Candace under his control. But an attack of a different kind finds the intrepid crew of the Blood Hunter protecting one of their own when the original dragons known as the ‘old ones’ want something the crew is not willing to give up. What ensues is the building relationship between Thorne and Candace, and the fight to save thousands of lives. The relationship between Thorne and Candace is a protector to friends to lovers relationship that began when Thorne was tasked with protecting a much younger Candace from the world around her. When her parents were taken into custody and her mother forced to return to the Church of Everlasting Life, Candace and her twin brother Angel set out on their own. Years later Thorne would bring Candace and Angel under his wing, and find himself falling for the werewolf shifter that called to his heart. The $ex scenes are intimate without the over the top graphic, erotic element. Thorne is the eldest of his kind, and with it comes great power-power of which he is often unaware. Candace is an independent, young woman who has fallen in love with the hybrid dragon-a dragon she believes would never fall in love with her. All of the previous story line couples play secondary and supporting roles including Devlin and Saffira (Temporal Shift 4) as Saffira becomes the target of the marauding dragons. Planets are destroyed; lives are wiped out of existence as the dragons search for Saffira and the crew of the Blood Hunter. The world building continues to pull the reader through wormholes, black holes and onto poisonous planets; time travel; supernatural and mystical beings, telepathic communication, and artificial intelligence; cyborgs and the mind of the collective- Star Trek meets Star Wars in an epic battle for space, time and everything in between. We are introduced to new species, and hybrid humans, as well as the existence of werewolves, vampires, and supernatural beings whose DNA has been crossed with various flora and fauna. For readers who are not fans of the sci-fi genre the DARK DESIRES series does not read like the usual sci-fi story lines but more along the lines of paranormal /fantasy romance. FLYING THROUGH FIRE is a story of adventure; action, romance, betrayal and trust. The premise is exciting and entertaining; the characters are colorful, memorable, spirited and enchanting; the romance is emotional and passionate. Nina Croft’s DARK DESIRES series is addicting, cleverly written, and impossible to put down.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the sixth and final novel in this very different paranormal science fiction series, starring the crew of the Blood Hunter. As the ship’s name may suggest, the Captain of this space vessel is a vampire but there are other paranormal crew, too. The story this time has the werewolf, Candace Decker, as the heroine. Her Mum was a high priestess who left Candy and her twin brother, Angel, when they were twelve years old in an attempt to rescue their father from the clutches of the church officials determined to make her do their bidding. Candy is a feisty, independent and stubborn young woman who is usually more than capable of defending and protecting her brother and those she cares for. Her only weakness is Thorne, a human space traveller who, with his crew, had accidentally disappeared through a worm hole, travelling back more than ten thousand years in the process. He’s been changed by the dragons living on the planet the space craft crashed on and now has wings and awesome telepathic and other mental powers that he has yet to fully explore or utilise. He wants Candy but is determined not to succumb to the temptation she is. As the threat from dragons escalates, humans are being wiped out by the pestilence they bring with them to any world they visit and the only one who can save mankind is Thorne but will he choose to do so? Can Candy convince him to help? Can she also break down the barriers around his heart and win his love? This is a great, action packed, space adventure with a diverse range of well developed characters and a highly entertaining, well thought out, plot filled with twists and turns so the reader is never quite sure what will happen next! I found it to be an enthralling page turner that I thoroughly enjoyed and have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys science fiction, fantasy or paranormal adventures and romance. I was gifted an ARC of this novel via NetGalley which I have chosen to read and review. This is my honest opinion
n7kk7br00ks More than 1 year ago
Candy and Thorne are flaming hot!!! With cyborgs, vampires, time travellers (kinda) and whole smorgasbord of others with fantastical abilities - there is something for everyone to enjoy. Candy is an assassin with nothing but revenge on her mind. Thorne is a dragon shifter who can't seem to get the dratted female off his mind!!! He is the epitome of the older man (he is thousands of years her senior whilst still appearing as though he is about 30!!!) We find out the lengths Candy was willing to go to secure her revenge for the incarceration of her family. We also delve into the ravages of a plague wiping out the humans on the planet and the part that the dragons who originally mutated Thorne appear to play in the unfolding drama. Brilliantly fast paced story that sweeps you along! The characters engage your brain and your emotions and this poor crew lurch from one misadventure to another! I can't wait to see what happens next!!!
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
This novel is a mix of paranormal and science fiction. The characters are made up of vampires, werewolves, cyborgs, dragons and time mancers. It's a complex story and yet everything flows beautifully well. Thorne is half human and half dragon. As a human, he went through this transition when lost in space. He is apprehensive about exploring his full potential for fear of harming others through his acquired powers. He wants to leave the Blood Hunter to go back to his people but always finds a reason why he should stay a little longer! Candy is a fiery werewolf. She was left to look after her brother at the age of thirteen when her parents were betrayed to leave her in this devastating situation. She now has one goal in mind. To find the traitor and bring him to justice. Trouble always follows her or vice versa! Candy gets a lead on the traitor and steals a shuttle to hunt him down despite oppositions from the space crew. Thorne goes after her in case she gets herself into anymore trouble. She reaches her destination only to discover that all of the inhabitants are being wiped out by an epidemic. This is when Thorne becomes aware of another one of his powers and is petrified. Candy is put in isolation on her return to the ship because of her disobedience. When Thorne goes to check on her, he finds her unconscious and he panics. The thing is that Thorne has known Candy since she was a kid and even though they are always butting head, he is drawn to her. Candy has been trying to seduce him since she was a teenager but he has such a strong willpower that he has managed to resist her. So far! How long can he keep this up? Candy is very persistent, she doesn't give anything up without a fight. The epidemic outbreaks continue and now that they are aware of the cause, they have to come up with a plan before it's too late. They are constantly treading on dangerous grounds and when Thorne decides to take action, Candy is unable to leave well alone and finds herself in hot waters once again. She is completely lost but she doesn't cower. She is caught in another dimension where time is different but nobody knows where she is. Thorne has reluctantly owned up to his feelings towards her and he convinces himself that she will be back but how long will it take? The pace and the ongoing suspense in this novel make for a compulsive read. The characters are so different from one another and yet they manage to work well together. Despite all the dangers surrounding them, the camaderie and the humour amongst them put a positive light on the situation. The interactions between Thorne and Candy go from heated arguments and frustrations to love and passion. I love the whole concept of this story and even though it's part of a series it can be read as a standalone. Fascinating! I received a complimentary eARC from Entangled Publishing. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
With a cast of paranormal characters and an adventure that spans time and space in multiple universes, Nina Croft crafts a genre blending masterpiece that will rock your world! The Dark Desires series continues in Flying Through Fire. This is the sixth book of the series, and you may not have read the previous installations, but I still encourage you to jump in. Flying Through Fire is written in a way that informs you about any backstory imperative to understanding the current story. New readers will be introduced to intriguing characters while long time fans of the series will relish seeing their favorites in an all new adventure. Candace Decker is a young and reckless werewolf. Her whole life had been dedicated to seeking the person who betrayed her parents, but when the opportunity is lost to her, she has to settle for helping the crew of the Blood Hunter track down the dragons who are poisoning humans on various planets. The plot moves at a steady pace that is increasingly exciting. You can speculate about where the story is going all you like, Croft will manage surprise you here and there! When Candace isn't struggling to stay out of trouble with the Blood Hunter crew, she's putting her best come-hither look on to seduce Thorne. Thorne is the part human, part dragon who believes it's his duty to protect and make everyone's problems his own. There's a little back and forth between them, but of course their romance is inevitable. Flying Through Fire has something for every reader. Don't miss this sizzling addition to Dark Desires! *eGalley provided in exchange for an honest review* Originally published on Lovey Dovey Books
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "There's always a way." Stars! I love this series, every time the author takes her readers back to the crew of the Blood Hunter and sends them off into space on another adventure, is like catching up with family for me. Flying Through Fire is the sixth book in the Dark Desires series. Nina Croft has managed to mix space exploration, post-Earth being the main place for humans to inhabit, with a varied cast of paranormal characters, around a story line, that just when you think has nothing left to give, goes off on another completely different tangent. Think of all the good things that you like in the films from the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, as well as some of your favorite romance tropes, and mix them all together, and that is generally where this series sits. I have to admit that with the large gaps between releases of this series now, it is always with a bit of a foggy brain that I start reading, but the author always manages to recap the past while moving along with the story at hand so that you quickly get absorbed back into what is going on. He’d been deep inside her head. And now she wanted him deep inside her body. A hefty dose of unrequited lust flows through the early parts of this book, but as things move it becomes readily apparent that Candy’s feelings for Thorne are more than reciprocated, Thorne though is still struggling with the age difference, that is until Candy is struck down with Meridian sickness, and all bets are off. you are literally taken on a rip-roaring adventure across the galaxy as their story plays out. She wanted someone to love her, and she knew exactly who that someone was and had always been. There’d never been another choice for her… As I have come to expect with this series, there is a huge amount going on with the plot, what with all the recurring characters from the Blood Hunter crew, and involvement from the vastly reduced in numbers Church of the Everlasting Life, some long running story lines are finally tied up, while the author opens up new ones along the way. "I won't vanish. I'm here to stay." I don’t personally believe this is a series where you can read each book as a standalone, as there is simply too much going on, but if you are a newbie to the genre then you have an absolute nugget to sink your teeth into with the six books that are currently available you will literally get lost in the Trakis System with the rest of the characters on the Blood Hunter. "You need to go on. The world needs you, because you’ll always do the right thing." Pretty sure this won’t be the author’s last visit to this series, as I said some things were tied up with Candy and Thorne’s story, but there are so many other avenues left to explore, and when you bring time-travel into the mix, the possibilities are infinite. This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.