Review: Riding The Odds by Lynda K. Scott

Posted February 4, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments

Riding the OddsTitle:  Riding The Odds
Author:  Lynda K. Scott
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published: February 2, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Book Blurb:

Spaceship captain Tara Rowan has her secrets. One is her Rider, Zie. Zie is an organic symbiote—like a living tattoo—that enhances Tara’s physical abilities, including superhuman strength and reflexes. The other is the past she’s tried so hard to leave behind her. But it’s not until oh-so-sexy Trace Munroe decides to blackmail Tara that she realizes her secrets aren’t so secret after all…

Trace is a Holy Knight who does everything by the book. Desperate to find a missing princess, he’ll do whatever it takes to rescue her and bring her kidnappers to justice. Including blackmail. Yet something about the feisty ship captain draws Trace in and stirs his desire—even if she is a wanted criminal. Because the last thing he needs is any complications…especially when he has his own secrets to hide.

**disclaimer:  I received an e-ARC copy of Riding the Odds from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The fact that I did not pay for this novel does not change what I thought of it.**

Riding the Odds is sci-fi at its best.  We have a female spaceship captain (an Independent so she’s on her own out there in the void of space) – a feisty, charming symbiote who steals not only hearts but the story – and a Holy Knight, who is deep undercover in his search for his missing sister, a kidnapped princess.

Read on for my thought on Riding the Odds.  No true spoilers, promise.

Tara Rowan is a spaceship captain, an Independent who is not part of the big guy companies, so she has to scramble to find cargo hauls.  She is a survivor, in far more ways than being a one woman crew.  Tara has a past, an infamous past, that she has worked hard to put behind her.  But life doesn’t always let the past lie.. in the past.

Trace Munroe is a former Holy Knight.  He has resigned from the organization in order to search for his missing adopted sister who has been kidnapped.  He has more secrets than Tara, and is trying just as hard to keep them from being discovered.

Zie is a symbiote, a Wild Rider who is attached to Tara in the form of an elegant, moving tattoo.  She is charming, childlike and speaks to Tara through their shared mental link.  Zie is a creature of few words, and they aren’t always the correct words but she gets her meaning across to Tara easily.  But don’t be fooled by Zie’s charm.  In a heartbeat she will put Tara in a defensive stance ready to increase her power and strength to fight anyone or anything that threatens them.

The search for a missing princess will take them all into parts unknown, as well as a past best left in the past.

There we have the main characters of Riding the Odds.  I completely enjoyed this novel.  I found it easy to follow, yet enough clues were spaced out (not a pun) throughout the story to not give away too much too soon.  I don’t want to know the entire story by chapter 4 – and Riding the Odds kept me searching for information all the way through to the end.

In the same thought – this is as far as I will be going into the story.  This is one you must read to form your own opinions of, to enjoy the full story and to, quite frankly, fall in love with Zie.  (you won’t be able to help yourself on that one).

I found Riding the Odds to be fast paced action, with characters that I rooted for (even when they were being dumb) and wanted Tara and Trace to have their happy ever after.

Did they?  You tell me – after you’ve read the book.  🙂

I would recommend this one to friends and family without pause.  It was a great read, one that I believe you would enjoy as well.

Riding the Odds is now available at Amazon on Kindle. *I am not paid for this review – however I do provide links to places you can buy the novel, it is from those links that I might earn a small commission.*




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