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(Dark Desires #3)

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Death Defying by Nina Croft

Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador is part snake, part human, and--according to some--all bitch. She is one job away from her lifelong goal--to achieve the immortality she craves. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe.

After five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of hi
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published August 7th 2012)
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Claire Robinson
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 - "I just want you to know-whatever happens-this was worth every moment." Stars!

I love this series; I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. Nina Croft has in essence taken everything I loved about the Star Wars, Star Trek and X-Men film franchises, added some brilliant twists and unforgettable characters, and delivered up a space saga that is literally firing on all cylinders.


Captain Tannis has been a full fixture in the previous books in this series and I have been itching to get to kn
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Ms. Nikki
1.5 stars
Tannis and her team of otherworldies are on a mission to protect the most powerful man in the universe.

The premise sounds great. However, that man, Callum, is the most self-absorbed, obliviously simple character I have read about. He was an instant turn-off. His ego was so huge his wings couldn't carry him. One quick jab to the nose and he begins to see the light.

Tannis is that light. She's a no-nonsense, do-it-herself chick with issues of her own. She's one part human, one part snake.
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Meghan
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During this month, I have been reading a few books that are part of my goal to take myself out of my "I hate romance" shell and give a few things a try. Seeing that this was based mostly on Science Fiction and Space - in the future, vampires, werewolves and other such creatures - I decided it couldn't be that bad (haha). I must say, the romance part of it wasn't actually as gross as I thought it would be :)

This is the third in the series and, in all honesty, the only one I've read. The author di
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Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
This opens with how Tannis met Rico. It had been hinted at, but it was good to read about her background. Their first meeting explains so much of their friendship. More about the Church, the Council, Meridian, Trakis Seven, Trakis One. Callum's character was an interesting one. He started out as an asshole, I didn't like him, but gradually eventually I did. Tannis and Callum have a bit of a slow burn romance (if you count about a week). There are new characters in this one and the death of 2. I' ...more
Paranormal Kiss
Death Defying is the 3rd book in the Blood Hunter series by Nina Croft. I was a little leery about reading this one because I wasn’t sure I would like the hero, Callum. He hasn’t exactly been portrayed as a hero type character in this series, more like a villain. After reading this book I’m more forgiving toward him but I still don’t believe he deserved a happily ever after role. He’s done some horrible things and stood aside while others did horrible things. He’s the leader of the Collective, t ...more
Mary
This was by far my favorite of the series despite my disappointment regarding the probable romance between the Trog and Janie. I find myself still half expecting something amazing happening to turn that around. So much death, dying and loss in the first half of the book was dismaying and yet I found myself reading on to find out how the author would turn it around to make it HEA as the rest of the series.
GothicMom'S Reviewers
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Nina Croft. Unlike most of today's authors', she does not shy away from sensitive topics or afraid to off a few characters if/when the story-line calls for it. Granted, when a character dies, it has the ability to bring readers to tears and cause them pause to continue on with the book. But it is a sure sign of that authors' ability in storytelling when a reader truly mourns the loss of a fictional character as if they were a full flesh and blood human in which the reader had vested inter ...more
Marlene
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

Death Defying begins its action/adventure/romance/space opera story just at the point where Deadly Pursuit leaves off.

And the crew of El Cazador is being pursued, with deadly intent, yet again. It looks like all the forces they have previously defeated are out to get them, once in for all.

It doesn’t help that the Collective and the Church are out to get each other, with the crew of El Cazador seemingly caught like fish in a large, space-spanning barrel.

The
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Sandy S
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Re-release November 25, 2014

Part snake, part human, and—some would say all bitch—Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador has one goal in life—to earn enough credits to pay for the Meridian treatment to achieve the immortality she craves. And one last job will get her there. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe.

Being leader of the known universe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks big time. And after five hundred years, Callum
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Sandy S
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Re-release November 25, 2014

Part snake, part human, and—some would say all bitch—Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador has one goal in life—to earn enough credits to pay for the Meridian treatment to achieve the immortality she craves. And one last job will get her there. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe.

Being leader of the known universe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks big time. And after five hundred years, Callum
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T.A. Moorman
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and more can be seen at http://gothicmoms.blogspot.com/

I love Nina Croft. Unlike most of today's authors', she does not shy away from sensitive topics or afraid to off a few characters if/when the story-line calls for it. Granted, when a character dies, it has the ability to bring readers to tears and cause them pause to continue on with the book. But it is a sure sign of that authors' ability in storytelling when a reader truly mourns the loss of a fictional character as if they wer
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Paranormal Romance
Only a short time ago, the hero and heroine were enemies trying to kill one another. Now, he hero has hired her and her crew to bring him out to hunt down answers concerning the mystery of the virus of immorality. Traumatized by her time spent as a test subject at the hands of the Collective, she's never known kindness and is severely adverse to contact with anyone but men in particular. So she doesn't understand these weird feelings she has for the Leader of the new order, a man with stunning w ...more
Christi Snow
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
There's not much romance like this out right now. This is a sci fi series set in a futuristic world of space ships and other planets. This is #3 in the series and I think you'd be fine reading this one as a stand-alone, but I recommend all three books. The series is really good and so creative. I've loved it.

This book is about Tannis, the Captain of the El Cazador, the space ship owned by the vampire, Rico. Tannis and Rico have been partners for a long time, but I loved this book beca
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Marta Cox
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author to me and I'm kicking myself for not spotting her work earlier! This is the third book in Ms Crofts Blood Hunter series and an amazing ride! A sci fi romance that has serious world building and such interesting characters.
A future for mankind that whilst not easy is a challenging one that starts with a journey into the stars.
Earth has been abandoned by mankind as it's no longer habitable. Of the thousands that survived the journey there are some who are changed irrevocably. Callum
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Margaret
This was a fast paced story with lots of action and some romance. I have not read the first two books in this series, but had no problems keeping up with what was happening or relating to the characters. Nina Croft has created an interesting new world and colorful characters which make for a fun read.

So we have the crew of the El Cazador – if I had to choose a ship and crew to be part of, this would definitely be it! They are all a bit quirky and have joined together for different reasons and un
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Book Reading Gals
Title: Death Defying

Series: Blood Hunter Book #3

Author: Nina Croft

Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blurb: Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador is part snake, part human, and—according to some—all bitch. She is one job away from her lifelong goal—to achieve the immortality she craves. The assignment: protecting the most powerful man in the Universe. After five hundred years, Callum Meridian, founding member of the Collective, is bored out of his mind. Until he realizes he’s physically changing—
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Pam
Captain Tannis has one goal in her life. She wants to get enough credits to become immortal using the Meridian treatment. She is part snake and part human and while she could become a vampire and become immortal that way it isn't the way she wants to go. She gets a job that will give her enough money to get the treatment. All she has to do is protect Callum Meridian the most powerful man in the universe. Callum is one of the founding members of the Collective and he knows things are changing,. H ...more
Laura Greenwood
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Title: Death Defying
Series: Dark Desires (#3)
Author: Nina Croft
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
Release Date: 25th November 2014
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Reading Assignment, Summer COYER, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador is part snake, part human, and--according to some--all bitch. She is
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Joy
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Death Defying is a wild and intense ride full of mystery, action, tragedy and love.

The crew of the El Cazador has taken on a new mission, one that’s going to pay off big financially and help Captain Tannis finally get the Meridian treatment she’s been dreaming of for ages. All she and her crew have to do is escort and protect the most famous man in the Universe, Callum Meridian. What seems like an easy mission turns into something far more dangerous. Callum Meridian’s presence on the ship is ma
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Tory Michaels
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Ahh, I was just starting to go through Nina Croft withdrawal and now that has been purged. Unfortunately, I think the Blood Hunter series has now come to an end. I could be wrong, but from the ending it seems like it would be done.

In a way this book was darker than other entries in the series. Don't get me wrong, none of the books have been light and fluffy, but this one just seemed more...deadly. And be prepared because lots of people die. People I wasn't expecting to die.

Tannis - ahhh, finally
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Lauren
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


The main focus of Book #3 in Croft’s Blood Hunter Trilogy is half human half snake Captain Tannis. After years of being experimented on in a research laboratory, Tannis just wants to finish this final mission for the El Cazador so that she can finally get the immortality treatment she’s always desired. Except this final mission is going to be the toughest that the El Cazador crew has ever faced: guarding the most powerful man in the universe Callum Meridian. Facing physical battles himself, Cal
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Eva Millien
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entangled
The third book in the Blood Hunter series is a thrilling adventure that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

Captain Tannis of the starship El Cazador is part snake and part human and she has one goal in life – to earn enough credits to pay for the Meridian treatment to achieve the immortality she craves and this one last job will her there. Founding member of the collective, Callum Meridian is the most powerful man in the universe, but the Meridian is changing him and he’s not sure what h
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Claudia
Just finished it and it was a nice read but there were some points I had troubles with

First of all, this was my first Nina Croft book and also the first book I read in this series. I don't think it is necessary to read them in order but it maybe would give you more appreciation for the side characters.

The Story:
Tannis is Captain of the El Cazador, who takes different jobs for money. her goal is to save enough money for the Meridian Treatment. Her hopefully last job is for the Big Boss of the Co
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Jessie Johnson
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss croft is so talented, every time I pick up one of her novels, I know is gonna be out of this world! Which is exactly where this story takes place. Captain Tanner is a human/snake woman with a bit of an attitude and with good reason! When she was 4 yrs old her and her now dead lil sister were held captive and used for experiments at a facility c.m corps that was funded by callum meridian and ran by angel face,chocolate giving that needs to be loved by everyone Venna whom are part of an elici ...more
Kim
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
I have been enjoying this series so far, and Death Defying was no different. We finally get to know more about the mysterious and standoffish Tannis including her history and how she met Rico.

Callum Meridian comes on board the El Cazador after dropping a bombshell on the world against the wishes of his Council. After hundreds of years being the leader of the Collective, he is jaded and bored but he finds Tannis just as intriguing as she finds him. He has hired the crew to take him to Trakis Seve
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I loved the first two Blood Hunter novels. They were the kind of Science Fiction Romance and Space Opera that I love. I Put Death Defying on pre-order as soon as I saw it. It appeared on my kindle several days ago and went to the top of by TBR list. I expected the same level of enjoyment I got from reading the first two books and I was not disappointed.

Death Defying did several things. The prologue goes back 15 years and tells how Rico and Tannis met. I got to catch up with the crew of El Cazado
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C. Erani Kole
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received via Entangled Publishing*

Now this is what I call a soap opera. The Blood Hunter's crew have gone through some heady things so far; Rico with his Collective wife, Alex with her werewolf hubby and now... it's time for some Tannis loving.

I've already been intrigued by this woman who seemed to have brass you know whats and always kept pace with the rest of the characters, if not a step ahead. She was funny without meaning to be, strangely endeari
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Paula
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death Defying (A Blood Hunter Novel) by Nina Croft is a paranormal in space adventure. I truly enjoyed Nina Croft’s The Order Series and hoped this would be just as good even though science fiction is not my favorite genre. With that being said, it is a wonderful read, which just goes to show what a great writer Nina Croft is. Having not read the first two novels in this series, I thought perhaps I would be lost in the world that she has created. However, plenty of background is given so that I ...more
Heather andrews
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Callum is a man who appreciates a good view and Tannis gives him that good view, "Callum watched her go. She had a great a**. And he was pretty certain she hadn't forgotten the kiss - he had no intention of doing so." Nothing like these two getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar, "tentatively, she stroked her tongue against the velvet of his and he went still, a groan rising up in his throat. "hey, flyboy, I told you to apologize. I didn't tell you to stick your tongue down her throat ...more
Rosemary K
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tannis guards her heart. The pain she endured as a prisoner won't allow her to love. She escapes her prison but not her memories. Her job now, as the Captain of the El Cazador, is to protect Callum Meridian, a powerful leader. He admires and desires Tannis, but she doesn't want to risk her heart and body. The danger that surrounds them increases as do their emotions. Can Callum convince her to take a chance? Will their enemies destroy them? Nina Croft has written an exciting and emotional story. ...more
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