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Caught in Amber [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Pegau
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Recently out of rehab, Sasha James is determined to keep her head down, complete her parole and never touch amber again. The chip in her neck controls her cravings for the highly addictive drug, but also tracks her every move. Not that she goes anywhere other than work and the halfway house she calls home—a far cry from her luxurious former life as lover of the mining colony's top drug dealer, Guy Christiansen.

Agent Nathan Sterling has no desire to see Sasha fall back into amber, but his sister has become Guy's latest conquest and the unexpectedly attractive Sasha is the key to getting her back. So in exchange for an introduction, he offers Sasha the one thing she can't refuse—her freedom. From the chip, her parole and even the planet if she wants. Though he would be sorry to see her go…

Torn between her growing attraction to Nathan, fear of Guy and the allure of amber, Sasha accepts. But who will save her if Guy refuses to let her go a second time?

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*Winner 2014 RWA's FF&P Chapter Prism Awards for Best Futuristic & Best of the Best*
 

"I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters and the delicious moral dilemmas I was presented with....highly recommended to readers who enjoy character-based SFR, non-stereotypical character types, suspense elements and a romance that never seems easy or inevitable." ~Diane Dooley, The Galaxy Express

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CAUGHT IN AMBER represents science fiction romance extremely well...[It] is the type of sci-fi romance that will stick with you long after the Happily Ever After." ~Heather Massey, The Galaxy Express
"Each time I thought I could take a breather, things got more exciting which increased my reading enjoyment...I give Caught in Amber an A-." ~The BookPushers

Product Details

  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (January 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A22UVNM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Caught in Amber takes place in the same word introduced in Rulebreaker (which I haven't read and must rectify). We're introduced to the heroine, Sasha, as she's sitting at a bar having a drink. Sasha has been out on parole for eight months. She used to be in the Nevarro Correctional Rehabilitation Center where she spent the last five years as her punishment and recovery as an amber addict. Amber is a big illegal drug of choice on Nevarro, and her ex-lover, Guy Christiansen is the top dealer of it. Sasha's more than happy to stay far, far away from Guy because she holds him responsible for her getting to the drug. But then Nathan Sterling forces his way into her life. Nathan needs Sasha's help. It appears that most of the women Guy has been with after Sasha left him not only look much like her in appearance, but end up dead because of their addiction to amber. Nathan's younger sister, Kylie works for Guy and he's afraid Kylie will be another victim of Guy's. Nathan believes Guy is still in love with Sasha, and she can help save Kylie, but must approach Guy about a business deal with Nathan. Sasha is dead set against seeing Guy again but Nathan can reduce to terms of her parole and get rid of the chip in her neck that tracks her and controls her amber cravings. If she's successful in helping Nathan, she can leave Navarro and her unfortunate past behind.

Sasha decides to help Nathan because she wants to get back at Guy for him throwing her away like garbage. But when she walks into the lion's den, so to speak, she may have been incorrect in her assumption regarding Guy. At the time she went to rehab, she was heavily under the influence of amber, and what she vaguely remembers is different from what Guy tells her that happens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caught in Amber May 24, 2013
By Arlena
Format:Kindle Edition
By: Cathy Pegau
ublished By: Carina Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA
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"Caught in Amber" by Cathy Pegau was a good 'Sci-Fi romance that I really enjoyed reading. I found this read somewhat sci-fi, urban fantasy romance really made a statement about dug addiction in general. This drug is called Amber, heroine or another other highly additive drug. From the read we find Sasha has been out of a correctional facility for eight months as a reformed addict. She has a chip in her neck for monitoring her and she wants to remain clean. Never wanting to see they guy that got her in all of this who was 'Guy.'

Nate Sterling who was a CIA agent, sister, Kylie is working for 'Guy' and is more likely involved with Amber as Sasha used to be and he wants her to introduce him to Guy as someone who has a business proposition hoping that he can get him into Guy's operation and get his sister out of this mess. Why would Nate want Sasha to do this for him? Does it have anything to do with the chip in her neck? Will Sasha help Nathan because she wants to get back a Guy for throwing her away like garbage? This is where I say you must pick up this excellent read to find out how this all comes out.

"Caught in Amber" was a good romance and the characters were all developed and colorful personalities. Sasha, Nathan and Guy really gives the reader a intriguing story from the beginning to the end.

If you are looking for a good sci-fi read with some romance you have come to the right place..."Caught in Amber" would be recommended to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scifi romance with a noir thriller twist May 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What I liked.
I loved the characters. Sasha, despite her dark past, is an immediately likeable and sympathetic character. Even after being broken and having to rebuild herself from the drug-addicted shambles she's become, she's strong, intelligent, and a warm human being who doesn't wallow in self pity but lives with her regrets. She had every reason to tell Nathan Sterling where to stick his request (and frankly I'm not sure what he was offering was good enough a prize), yet she knows what Nathan's sister is heading for and wants to help.
I liked the world building and the idea of Amber, but felt that it wasn't as in depth as I'd like. It was the character and plot that prompted the five star rating for me.

What I didn't like.
Nathan - despite his good intentions and desire to protect Sasha, I'd like to give him such a slap. He still put her in serious danger for his own ends, and ultimately I found that a little too selfish. I felt he used her, no matter how sorry he was about it and how he fretted over her. From a personal perspective, I really hate to be used. Guy - I've no doubt he was a bad man, but I found myself conflicted over him. He genuinely appeared to care for Sasha and *potential spoiler* dealt with the real creep of the piece, so I actually found it hard to hate or understand him.

In conclusion.
This reminded me of a Humphrey Bogart thriller/detective story but in a futuristic setting. Not something I'd normally go for, but the author won me over with Sasha and the lovely dark, slightly Bladerunner-esque feel. The tension was good, both romantic and plot-wise, and the one sex scene was done well. I'd like to have seen more on the world building side. If you like spy thrillers along the lines of James Bond in the future, this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caught in Reading!
Fun book. Just enough steam to put a smile on my face but not so much as to make for uncomfortable reading. I look forward to future books from this author.
Published 4 months ago by T. Desaulniers
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Caught in Amber
Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
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Reading like an exciting suspense romance, Caught... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jen Twimom
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight Well-Written Story
Caught in Amber is set in the same universe as Rule Breaker (see my review). In fact there is a brief mention of Liv Braxton and Zia Talbot in this story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Great plot, characters and romantic elements
There were so many good points about this novel that I find myself unsure of where to begin with the review. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Corrinthia
4.0 out of 5 stars Tense, Sweet Sci Fi Romance
Sci fi romance between a lawman working outside the lines and a recovered addict trying to walk the line. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hillary
5.0 out of 5 stars The best kind of urban fantasy
Title:Caught in Amber
Author: Cathy Pegau
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Sci/fi fantasy romance

Caught in Amber is a sci/fi, urban fantasy style romance... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tahlia Newland
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning sci-fi romance
As an admitted fan of Cathy Pegau's work, I thoroughly enjoyed Caught In Amber. Sci-fi romance stories can be clunky due to all the necessary world-building, but Ms Pegau's writing... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bella Street
4.0 out of 5 stars Hated to finish!
I requested this book for review on Netgalley.com

Caught by Amber is much like any other romance, hero and heroine meet, they resist their feelings for each other, but... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Emily Alburns
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, but...
This is my first book by this author, and the premise and the cover really caught my attention. The heroine, Sasha, is a rehabilitated drug addict determined never to succumb to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by somethingsweet
5.0 out of 5 stars An addicting mix of romance, suspense, and action, in a science...
Almost from the beginning Nathan hates involving Sasha in that life again, but it's his baby sister's life at stake. Read more
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Cathy Pegau can't seem to write anything that doesn't have some sort of "otherness" in it. Science fiction, sword and sorcery fantasy, shape shifters, ghosts...You name it, she's willing to write it.

Cathy lives in Alaska with her family, pets, and the occasional black bear wandering through the yard.

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