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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Original edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425236854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425236857
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,311,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Political intrigue, titled aristocrats, duels, xenobiology, and starship captains feature in Burnard's over-the-top SF romance debut. Capt. Ari Idylle lost her command after being imprisoned, tortured, and inexplicably released by the alien Chekydran. When a small band of men seizes her father's ship while it's engaged in a scientific expedition, Ari butts heads with the band's captain, Cullin Seaghdh, who proves uncannily capable of manipulating her. Ari finds Cullin both arrogant and attractive as they work together to evade a Chekydran ship hot on their trail, but when Ari learns that her former commanders have placed a remote-controlled bomb in her head, she no longer knows who to trust. The ending is marred by a grotesque scene of sexualized violence, but readers will love the powerful emotion and futuristic costume-drama trappings. (Nov.) (c)
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After her release from captivity under a ruthless alien race known for leaving no survivors, starship captain Ari is convinced she’s damaged beyond repair. Since she’s been stripped of her command, she’s been flying her father’s science ship. When it’s hijacked by pirates, Ari is startled to discover that their handsome leader might be after not the ship—but her! The bedrock of Burnard’s tale is a classic romance plot, complete with mistaken identity, love at first sight, and a smoldering slow-burn build to a lovely, if fluffy, ending. But it is buried within layers of far less cuddly sci-fi. Ari’s psychological and physical torment is brutal, and her involvement in the political intrigue between three warring factions grinds along at a jarring pace. Ari is a female protagonist in the mold of the foremost broken girl soldier, Battlestar Galactica’s Lt. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. In fact, Burnard references iconic sci-fi fare throughout, making this a familiar but enjoyable ride for readers looking for a blend of sci-fi and romance. --Courtney Jones

More About the Author

I blame my father for my love of science fiction and fantasy. We watched many a late night science fiction movie together. I was five. By the time I was six, I was having raging nightmares inspired by The Omega Man, The Fly, and The Incredible Shrinking Man. The sum result seems to have been that I wouldn't walk into a dark room until well after I'd turned ten.

Growing up an Air Force brat, I moved often and traveled all over the US. We spent two years in Iceland, watching blue whales migrate, volcanoes erupt and geysers spew steaming, superheated water into the cold air. The whole family did plenty of reading. When the tiny base library ran out of interesting books in the kids' section, and wouldn't allow me in the adult section yet, I began writing my own stories.

My family finally settled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Western Washington. I graduated with a BFA in acting from Cornish College of the Arts in 1990 and promptly went to work for a large software company.

I live with my husband and our cats aboard a sailboat on Puget Sound.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to the next book in this series, due May 3!
D. Davis
The secondary characters (and there were quite a few) were well developed as well, and I loved how integral each and every one of them were to the story.
LLB Paranormal Romance
I recommend it to fans who like epic science fiction with a touch of romance.
K. M. Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amber Miller on June 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I almost didn't make it past the opening chapters with this one, and it's only because of the positive reviews from others that I pushed on.

I rarely say the pacing is too quick in a book, but the first couple of chapters were a jumble of new characters, in a made-up SF universe, with the story starting with the good guys' ship already captured and the heroine about to get captured. I struggled to get grounded in the world, figure out what was going on, and get a grasp for who all the side characters were. At the same time I had a sense of a generic space opera universe, and there never was enough world-building to differentiate it from all the other SF romances out there.

Another strike against the book, for this reader, was the tired old romance plot device of having the hero or heroine possess some special power that initiates a sexual attraction even though the reader has absolutely no reason to root for these characters to be together yet. The heated desire and all that can be fine, even expected, later in the book, but it's more likely to make you roll your eyes when it's on page 5.

Like I said, I almost put this down, but I kept reading, thinking it might get better, and it did improve. It never develops into anything memorable (familiar characters, familiar universe, familiar plot), but it's an okay story, and I found myself getting more into it as it went along. ($10 is too much for the kindle version though.)

If you've read Linnea Sinclair and Ann Aguirre and are looking for more space opera romance, this might fit the bill. I do recommend downloading the sample pages first though if you're thinking of buying the e-version.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Annonymous on November 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I plunked down the money for this novel based solely on the bit I was able to read on my Kindle sample. I knew it was something worth buying when I found myself scouring the local bookstores for a hard copy for a few weeks until I hit pay dirt at my local Borders.

Burnard has created a world that is not unique in the sci-fi genre; her characters are ones we've seen before, the plot altered enough to be eye-catching when browsing back covers, but overall, nothing too new. Why did I like this novel so much, you may ask? It's simple-the author took old devices and made them fresh and interesting; but more importantly, she created characters I would like to read more about.

Ari, our heroine, is a character I thoroughly enjoyed; she reminded me of Alyssa Locke from Brockmann's SEAL series (if Alyssa had been kidnapped and tortured for 3 months). Ari knows that she's being watched and is considered untrustworthy by everyone around her, and what is even sadder, she doesn't even trust herself after her captivity. Reading about the tests she puts herself through every morning broke my heart a little. However, that's not to say that she isn't ready to kick butt if needed, which we see from the get-go. From her attempts to save her father's crew, to her willingness to know when she is outgunned, Ari is a character whose self-awareness was a fresh change from the TSTL heroines we often find in paranormal romanceland.

Our hero Cullin is one who I at first wasn't sure about. However, each step he took to gain Ari's trust, and complete his mission made him more and more likeable. I especially liked that he constantly mis-stepped with her, but was willing to do whatever it would take to make up for his transgressions.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book Collector on November 3, 2010
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Capt. Ari Idylle is a military starship captain benched for surviving a horrific capture and torture by the alien Chekydran. The question is, why after keeping her for 3 months did they let her go? And why does everyone seem to be after her; even her own people? She quickly finds herself immersed in intrigue and conspiracy and it's becoming obvious that there is no one she can trust with the possible exception of a man who is lying to her. This is an excellent sci fi novel with a heart-racing plot and characters that are hard to resist. I'm afraid I was up all night finishing it as I couldn't stop reading. I wasn't real thrilled at the price point on this book but it's so hard to find good sci fi adventure with female protagonists I took a chance and I'm glad I did. This a book that I will enjoy re-reading many times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholics Reviewer on November 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard
Paranormal Romance -Nov. 2nd, 2010
4 stars

I was excited to get my hand on Enemy Within because I am a big futuristic fan. And this story both exceeded my expectations and left me with mixed feelings. If you love science fiction this book will largely thrill you. But if you are a big romance fan this story may be a bit too involved especially if you like lighter romances.

In Enemy Within, the strong yet emotionally fragile heroine is recovering from being tortured by aliens who are universally feared. To make matters worse her own kind are suspicious of Alex because she was the only human to ever survive their torture. And although she has been stripped of her ship and any real authority as a Capt., she is constantly under observation and scrutiny. Now Alex exists on her father's science ship collecting lowly samples. But when she returns from her short trip she finds her father and the rest of the science crew have been held hostage. Alex discovers these men are deadly and she must use her rusty military skills to try to save her father and her colleagues from certain death. But these men are desperate and soon Alex finds herself caught in up in a lethal game of: tragedy, betrayal and torture.

Enemy Within is a thrilling new futuristic/science fiction novel with romantic elements. The author did a great job of creating a gritty and realistic futuristic world that was believable. The heroine was wounded but very courageous. I easily sympathized with her and her determination to do what was right. I also liked the hero. He was a worthy counterpart to this strong heroine. In short, there were many aspects about this story that I loved.
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