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In the Black (Tales from the Edge) [Kindle Edition]

Sheryl Nantus
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Book one of Tales from the Edge

When Sam Keller left the military, she ran to the far end of the galaxy. Now she captains the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans who bring a little pleasure to hard-up men on mining colonies. When one of her girls turns up dead, it's Sam's job to find out who killed her, fast.

Marshal Daniel LeClair is as tough as steel and quick on the draw. But when his vacation gets replaced by an assignment to help find the killer, he can't help angling for a little action with the saucy, hard-charging Sam. She's got brains, attitude and a body he wouldn't mind investigating.

Sam, six months lonely, might just indulge him. But the Guild that owns the Belle wants the case closed yesterday. With pressure coming from all quadrants, Sam and her marshal clash over false leads and who's on top. But when the killer threatens the Belle again, romance will have to wait. It's a captain's job to save her crew, no matter the cost.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (12 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I15VLC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars in the Black Review 14 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The first book in this new sci-fi futuristic romance series is a riveting read that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Running from her past, Sam Keller is the captain of the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans. When one of the girls turns up dead, she’ll have to find the killer fast. Marshal Daniel LeClair is sent in to help find the killer, but he can’t help angling for a little action with the Captain.

This fast paced plot keeps readers quivering in anticipation with lots of suspense, drama and romance as the Captain and the Marshal are pressured to find killer as fast as possible, after all time is money. The author describes the story with well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and the intense and dramatic scenes are well orchestrated and believable. The strong compelling characters are easily related to and grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning.

The attraction between Sam and Daniel radiates extreme heat from every page but the romance progresses slowly throughout the story with some sensual teasing and flirting because of the investigation and problems that derive from it. When they finally get a chance to act on their intense attraction well let’s just say that the things get hot steamy and inventive in zero gravity. Sam also has her personal past issues that hampers the romance and causes some drama which adds depth to the story.

There are lots of intriguing characters in this fascinating world and this story keeps the reader guessing just who the culprit is with some twists and turns. I found the story to enjoyable and entertaining and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very creative 15 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
My first book by this author and it's the first in her new sci fi series. I usually read paranormal but enjoy dipping into other genres so was quite intrigued by the synopsis of this book.
Sam a hard nosed military woman is in charge of a space ship traveling around the galaxy populated by " Courtesans" who service miners at the furthest reach. What would ordinarily be a routine visit turns sinister though when one of the women is found dead and all signs point to murder! It's vital to catch her killer but unfortunately time is money and Sam needs answers fast!
Daniel is a Marshall and he is sent by his superiors to liaise with the miners and the Bonnie Belles Captain to track down and capture the killer. What he hadn't expected was that the ships captain would be a distraction! Sam is an independent woman clearly with untapped needs and the chemistry between them is off the charts but finding out who the murderer is must come first. With the mining station and ship under lockdown no one can leave but that means the killer is still amongst them!
Well this was unexpected treat I must say! I downloaded this expecting a sexy sci fi story and what I got is actually a very good who done it! Yes there's a romance brewing here but it's secondary to the actual mystery and if you are looking for lots of erotic sex then you might be a touch disappointed but I for one wasn't . It was such fun trying to work out who had motive and more importantly opportunity as the victim was hardly the most popular of the crew. These are interesting characters and the dynamics are really intriguing as red herrings abound!
Sam is clearly kick ass but hides a secret that has left her traumatised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Setting and Very Elegant HEA 26 May 2014
By J. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Today I am musing about a Science Fiction Romance book. If you have been on my blog much you know that Science Fiction and Science Fiction Romance are my favorite for reading. I recently received In the Black (Tales from the Edge, #1) by Sheryl Nantus and I just finished reading it.

It is SFR but SFR with a difference. First look at the premise:

When Sam Keller left the military, she ran to the far end of the galaxy. Now she captains the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans who bring a little pleasure to hard-up men on mining colonies.

OK, a ship full of courtesans. That is a first for me. So it must be erotica, Yes. No!!! Instead this happens:

When one of her girls turns up dead, it's Sam's job to find out who killed her, fast.

So it is a mystery but wait a minute it is suppose to be a romance. Where does that come into the story. Here is where:

Marshal Daniel LeClair is as tough as steel and quick on the draw. But when his vacation gets replaced by an assignment to help find the killer, he can't help angling for a little action with the saucy, hard-charging Sam.

They are attracted to each other but guess what?

When the killer threatens the Belle again, romance will have to wait.

I have to admit In the Black was a really fun read that kept me guessing the entire time. The mystery is really fun, Sam is a great character, Marshal Daniel is a match for Sam and the way Sheryl Nantus got to the HEA without changing the responsibilities and commitments both Sam and Daniel had was unexpected and very elegant. All in all a great fun read that has a unusual setting.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sci-fi murder mystery with a touch of romance 1 Nov 2014
By Corrinthia - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. It has a well-woven plot that kept me guessing and kept the story moving forward at a good pace. It is full of interesting characters and good science fiction.

The beginning was a bit slow to get into for me, but once I understood what was actually going on, it took off. I liked the concept, with the main character, Sam, being an ex-military who is now a captain on a ship of courtesans. I liked that there were both female and male courtesans, and how each of their characters were unique with their own reasons for being there. The courtesans actually seemed to have a bit more life to them than Sam, which was part of why this book fell short of five stars.

Sam felt a bit rigid, and not just because she's ex-military, tough, and can certainly take care of herself. Her past with the Hub defines a large part of her character, even though I feel like this wasn't fully explored. The main male character, Daniel, had more life to him, and his computer sidekick was great. I love what the author did with both the ship's AIs, actually, and the courtesan ship's engineer, Jenny, was a hoot.

Daniel and Sam together, however, I just couldn't feel the romance. They are both strong characters, and they certainly had their moments where the romance bloomed, but it never gave me that warm-fuzzy moment I expect.

The science fiction, story and murder-mystery more than made up for the lukewarm feeling I got about the romance, though, so I give this read a solid four stars and recommend it to those looking for a great murder mystery involving a space-mining colony, a space marshal, and a Mercy ship full of courtesans.
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this, it was described as Firefly meets Best ... 14 Nov 2014
By BRNZ - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this, it was described as Firefly meets Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and I think that was a really accurate description. The mystery was really well done, and I didn't pick it up til the big reveal.

The romance between the captain and the Justice guy was slowly built, quite steamy and lots of anticipation.

If you like your heroines broken but tough, the hero strong and understanding cos he's been there, a good mystery and some fun fight scenes then this is the book for you.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Firefly 'verse story with the serial numbers filed off 20 Sep 2014
By Paul Vader - Published on Amazon.com
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I know I'm being unkind with the topic line, but it's the elephant in the room from practically the first sentence. That said, there were some great moments, like the idea that space courtesans would be just as much in demand for their stock tips as for their other skills.

This was very light (call it a popcorn book) and the writing is a bit rough, but I had enough fun that I would read more from the author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the next book 2 Aug 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Black is a fun space mystery/romance. Fans of sci-fi and strong, smart female leads will appreciate the storyline, and occasional humor. So nice to read a female lead, who is both strong and comfortable with her femininity. The dialogue is witty and the romance is steamy. As a huge fan of shows like Firefly and BattleStar, I loved the setting and concept for the story and can't wait for the next book!
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