Annie Heathcoat always dreamed of how her wedding was going to be. White kinetic fabric dress, the latest grav-heels, and a sea of her loved ones all blinking away tears of joy. But this wasn't a dream: it was a nightmare. Instead of her father giving her hand in marriage, he's lost it in a game of poker to the galactic war criminal Strathmore. But if fate had dealt her a bad hand, it was time to flip the damned table and run.
Captain Leo Ingram. Smuggler. Bear Shifter. Lover. Or at least that's what his business card said. Not that the mewling merchant in front of him cared about any of that. This was a quick hand-off, merchandise for credits. Then he and his crew would be back aboard the Breakwater and off to the nearest trade port to drink and piss their ill-gotten gains away. But before they could finish the deal, a young woman stumbled out of the underbrush into their illicit business deal. Was that a wedding dress?
I as saddened that I took the step forward to see a new author in a fantasy world. I love fantasy. I love shifters. I love sci-fi. I did not love or like this one. It was one directional at best. There were places where things could have been amped up to make this a good read. I just got not hating it. I could not all this a romance. I could not call this many things. I could say that it was a quick listen. Things went by fast. I felt like things just happened with no real rhyme.
Narration was cartoonish. I have heard other reads from Audrey Lusk and found the acceptable, but this one I did not like. It just felt off.