Ravyn's Flight is the first novel by this author, and is surprisingly good for its mixture of genres. Usually, romance books with a sci-fi setting feel like the author just didn't want to do any research into historical settings. This one, however builds a future for the earth that is believable, and an extraterrestiral setting that is easily realised, as the author is at pains to inform the reader how unspectaculraly similar Jarved-Nine is to earth.
Ravyn is the communications expert for her team, which is explring the new planet in the hopes of human colonisation, when they are mysteriously massacred while she is in the basement. Damon Brody and his Special Operations unit are on the same planet at the same time, and come to her team's base in response to the emergancy beacon. While he is taking care of Ravyn, his team is also massacred, and their transport destroyed. Ravyn and Damon set out on a cross country treck to the Old City, the name of the lost civilization on Jarved-Nine, in the hopes of escaping from the murderer.
The story progresses as one would expect of a wilderness flight, with plenty of danger and a little personality clash. Damon and Ravyn develop as people with pasts as they work at escaping. It is only toward the end that you are forced to deal with some otherworldly effects, and by then, I had pretty much bought into the concept so it mostly worked for me.
This book is far above the average sci-fi romance hibrid, but there were still a few problems, such as the message from the last inhabitants of the planet, telling Ravyn and Damon how to defeat the creature stalking them. Other than that, this was a very satisfactory book