Brielle Connors, former officer for the elite bounty hunters the Cavalier Security Corp, is on a mission. To get her job back and make her old boss and ex-boyfriend look like a fool. After weeks of research and leg work, she finally discovers the holy grail of bounties and sets out to reel it in. Only, the alien Tulan bounty hunter, Finn Strydom, beats her to it. Rushing to the payload and bickering all the way, the two find themselves stranded on an abandoned ship with no hope of rescue. A last minute confession leads to a hot close encounter as the two face death.
For such a short story, Deadlocked does not lack in detail. The author does a fantastic job of creating a backstory and telling the story without sacrificing either to condense. I honestly felt like I was reading a full length novel with how much is enclosed within the pages of this book.
Brielle is a well-developed, conflicted, strong, smart, and independent hunter who is let go from her bounty hunter position because of a past incident. Brielle is human, but Finn is not. Finn has worked on the same cases as Brielle and the sexual tension between the two is undeniable. They never got together because Brie was seeing someone (a human male) and her and Finn were adversaries. When Brie’s boyfriend fires her, she goes after a wanted criminal as a freelance hunter. But, when she is trapped in a ship with no oxygen with Finn, they both succumb to their desires thinking it is the last time before they die. They end up being rescued and Finn talks their way to freedom by telling the rescuers that she is his mate. What Brie didn’t realize was that being his mate is a lifetime deal and Finn can never be away from her because his life depends on it.
This story sucked me right in and held on tight. My only complaint is that I wish we got to know/see more of Finn and what kind of alien he was and the world he came from. Other than that, the story is well done and a great one of any sci-fi romance fan.