Jeret hasn't looked back since running away from life as a crown prince and joining the Crux Ansata's crew, but when the Ansata returns to his home system, he finds his father ill and a traitor maneuvering for control. Now that he's a full-grown man, he can't just walk away again.
Letting Jeret escape was the biggest black mark on bounty hunter Dagan Nu'aim's otherwise distinguished years as a royal guard. When he catches Jeret back in-system, Dagan seizes the chance to regain his lost honor and bring the wayward prince home.
Jeret's not so sure he wants to go, but the reignition of his old crush on Dagan complicates the issue. As the two unravel a tangled plot against the crown, their old friendship lights up with a fiery new desire. And when the traitor strikes and the two men must choose between duty and freedom, neither is certain which to pick.
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It was impossible for a king to sneak up on anyone, let alone a bounty hunter. That his former liege tried would have amused Dagan, except His Majesty King Jahan Adar's presence spelled trouble, and Dagan was sick to death of trouble coming to look for him. He met the king's gaze in the mirror over the bar.
"There are a limited number of reasons for a king to set foot in a pit like this, Your Majesty. None of them bode well for me." Dagan didn't turn around, instead tipping back the last of his drink. It seared its way to his belly as a ripple of revulsion joined the apprehension slithering down his spinethe former from the alcohol, the latter from the king's unannounced visit.
"Dagan Nu'aim, you will greet your king with the proper respect."
Dagan's jaw clenched and he did turn then, glancing over his shoulder. "You're not my king anymore." He met the older man's faded blue eyes and then looked away, shoving his glass across the bar. "Or don't you remember?"
The bartender sloshed more liquor into the glass and Dagan tossed another credit down.
Dagan sighed as, thanks to the small group of heavily armed, incredibly intimidating security standing behind the king, the bartender and the handful of other patrons scrambled to abandon the little hole-in-the-wall. "Great. Now who's gonna pour my drinks?" He shrugged and reached for the bottle the bartender had left behind, then turned on his stool to face the man who'd ruined his life. "What do you want?"
"I want my son back."
The words were like a fist to the gut and Dagan's jaw clenched even tighter as a flood of memories hit him in a rush. "Yeah, well, I can't help you with that. Find someone else."
He made to turn around again, but King Adar reached out and closed his hand on Dagan's shoulder. There was no threat to it, but it stopped Dagan cold. "On the contrary, it is only you who can help me."
Dagan's blood ran cold. Those words too closely resembled the ones he'd heard from this same man almost eight years prior, when King Adar had placed Dagan in charge of protecting his most prized treasure. Dagan's jaw clenched. Two years later, he'd failed at that job and he had no intention of accepting another of similar importance only to fail a second time.
He didn't think his pride and honor could take the blow.
So he feigned indifference. "Whether or not the prince returns is no longer my concern. Find someone else."
"There is no time. Jadikira must be found and must be restored to his rightful place as heir. There is no time to waste."
"It's been five years, almost six. Why the sudden rush?" Dagan did his best to ignore the memories flashing through his mind like a vid displayJadi as a youth, always tagging along, dark eyes full of hero worship. Dagan had loved the boy, despite his annoying tendencies. That affection was yet another remnant of the past he tried to forget. For a very long time he'd been able to think of nothing but how that pampered, spoiled imp was surviving in the In-Between. Jadi was smart and resourceful, but what did he know of the underbelly of the universe? Dagan shoved the thoughts asidenow was not the time to start rehashing mistakes of the past and their possible consequences. "What makes you even think he's still alive?"
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I was disappointed in this last installment, maybe because I had such high expectations for one of my favorite characters. Jeret has been portrayed as brilliant, resourceful and loyal in the first two books. It seemed in his story that all he could make were selfish immature choices and incorrect actions. The two main characters bumbled around mostly concerned with their own feelings and finally practically stumbled over the solution to their mission. I would have written it differently but it was still worth reading.
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Woo hoo! Sutherland has really found her niche with this sci-fi M/M series! SKY HUNTER turned out to be more than I expected. This is Jeret’s book and readers will learn more about his past, and more specifically where he came from. As a crowned prince, he ran away from his family and joined the Crux Ansata crew. His father hires a bounty hunter to retrieve him. We learn that he is dying and that he wishes to see his son once more before he dies. Dagan, the bounty hunter and Jeret know each other from their childhood and encountering one another again only brings those memories back into their minds. In a series of twists and turns, Sutherland takes this fun trope and makes it her own. There are a ton of surprises that make this book a thrill to read. Action and suspense lace every page of this book. But again, there is that sparkling humor that I really like about this series that is present as well. The only thing that confused me in the beginning was the switching back and forth between names. Jeret and Dagan’s name for him, Jadi was just too much at one point. I would have preferred the author just stick with one to keep it simple. There are so many characters already in this series that adding names that sound so similar to one another makes it hard to get them all straight. *ARC provided by Netgalley