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(Borderlands #3)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Five years ago rival space pirate captains Val Blue and Dake Sureblood stole one incredible night together. But their brief, passionate history ended with the assassination of Val's father and the condemnation of Dake's clan. Now Val struggles to prove her mettle—to herself and to the dissenters amid her own people. Every successful raid is a boot heel ground into the ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jacqueline J
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-romance, owned
I am a huge fan of sci fi romance. There is so little of it and it's really the best of both worlds for me. I hate to give this one such a mediocre review. The story idea was really interesting and appealing. It was the writing that failed it.

There seemed to be more showing than telling involved. In the parts where there was actual action, it was interesting, not intense, but okay. But there were places where in order to get the story on to the next point the author sort of told "and this
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it
This book reminded me of the movie, Cutthroat Island, starring Geena Davis. There were a lot of group mob scenes with pirates saying things like "aye" and "cap'n" and throwing fists in the air.

I thought the romance was easy. Hero and heroine meet, like each other, sleep together. An Event happens that separates them for five years during which heroine tries to be pissed at hero. They're reunited and hero explains about the big misunderstanding. Heroine forgives hero, they sleep together.

Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Sureblood takes off running with some interesting character dynamics and the action/danger of a raid gone bad. There's a lovely attention to detail, especially as far as clan traditions and societies go, which is segued into the narration in a way that adds life to the characters without bogging down the action.

Initially, upon hearing the romance was between prominent members of rival clans, I was afraid we'd be getting into some Romeo and Juliet territory, but it was neatly side-swiped with the
Overall I liked this book. It's about space pirates, but they're good-guy pirates. (I know--but they are.) These pirates are more like an ad hoc police force, stopping thieves from stealing valuable ores. Except they're sorta like Celtic clans, or Amerindian tribes, because they're raiding each other as much as the bad guys.

The hero is leader of the Sureblood clan. The heroine is daughter of the Blue clan leader. They meet when they're both after the same smuggler/thief freighter. They start
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uniting the Pirate Clans

A story of wars, families, and a forever love. An evil mine owner plotted to kill and disrupt families for his own benefit and wealth.
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you've read any of Susan Grant's Borderland tales then you will surely recognize the world and situations presented in Sureblood. If you have not and this is your first time, then prepare yourself for a great adventure - a science fiction romance type of adventure, Susan Grant style.

The Sureblood and Blues Borderland pirate clans, although not necessarily enemies, are rivals and tough competitors. When the new young Sureblood clan chief, Dake Sureblood begins breaking some of their unwritten
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Susan Grant is one of a handful of authors who write science fiction romances. I enjoy the sub-genre so I wish there were more writing it. Thankfully, Grant looks to be continuing her Borderlands series, giving readers more sci-fi romances to look forward to.

Valeeya Blue is about to get what she's been wanting - command of a skiff. It's a small craft, built for boarding freighters. Val, along with the crew of the Varagon, are about to conduct a raid - boarding a freighter believe to be carrying
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
I have a secret love for space operas and science fiction romance- when I saw this one available on Netgalley I gobbled it up. While I did enjoy the book well enough, I have to admit, I'd recommend this one to others as a library or Paperback Swap book.

Val Blue cannot catch a break to save her life, whether it be as a squad leader for pirates, a daughter, a clan leader, or a lover. It seems like any time she tries to make a decision or act independently, something crops up that renders that
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the latest fast-paced futuristic story in Susan Grant's Federation series. It involves two strong-willed people who fall in love even though it's frowned upon by their clans. Afterall, Valeeya Blue is the daughter of the leader for Clan Blue and Dake Sureblood was recently named leader for Clan Sureblood after the death of his father. The pirate clans have been at war for centuries and just when it looks like an alliance between these two clans might be possible, tragedy strikes and ...more
Ryann Uden
Aug 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Tara van Beurden
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2010, own
I keep thinking it must be impossible for these books to get any better but they somehow do. This one tells the story of the space pirates living in the channels, a region of the Borderlands rich with asteriods that contain a vital mineral called zelfen. The story focuses mainly on two of the pirate clans, the Blues and the Surebloods. Dake Sureblood comes to power young when his father is killed in a bizarre accident. Valeeya Blue is the daughter of the Blue Clan leader Conn and his preferred ...more
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it
The pirate clans rule the Channels region of the Borderlands, but it’s been a long time since the clans were united. Raid crashing, tempers, and prejudices keep clans like the Blues and the Surebloods fighting. Then a mission throws Valeeya Blue into the path of Dake, leader of the Surebloods, and the unexpected happens. Attraction sparks and the idea of peace between the clans suddenly becomes possible. But Val and Dake’s relationship ends before it really has a chance to begin when Val’s ...more
Natasha  A.
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am REALLY developing a love for these Space Opera type books!! I wonder if it has something to do with watching Star Trek: TNG with my dad all the time when I was younger. I love the spaceships. I love the living on different planets.
I really loved this story. I enjoyed the struggles that Val and Dake had to endure before the HEA. It's not something new, but it was unique in my mind. I loved that Val was this kick ass pirate, not afraid to take on the world, but was still young enough to
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Even though I'm not a fan of the secret baby, it worked in this case. This is the latest in the Tales of the Borderlands series. This time it's about the pirates who operate in the Borderlands, their struggle to survive, an evil mine owner, the deadly Drakken and their war with the Coalition, and finally, the new peace time, multi-world Triad. The two main characters, Valeeya Blue and Dake Sureblood go through many hardships after their first meeting before they finally meet again and ...more
Cascata Nerina
Jan 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This one had a lot of twists and turns and jumps, most of which were fairly traditional. Only a few were unexpected. However, one was down right cliche, but at least she didn't play it out for long.

I like the growing number of subplots in Grant's novels. I just wish she would learn to metaplot. She's got a good strong universe growing, and it seemed like she had it down for a few books there, but she really doesn't. However, she does clearly wrap up all of her subplots so that none of them are
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pirate Captain Val Blue sets off on another rousing space adventure by Susan Grant. Seduced by rival clan captain Dake Sureblood and his talk of unity, Val spends one passionate night in his arms. Then her father is poisoned and the evidence points to Dake. He flees the camp at her request, fully expecting to return and prove his clan’s innocence. But fate intervenes and he’s taken prisoner on his way home. He’s a conscripted soldier for five long years. When he finally regains his freedom, he ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
The first third would have rated a five star, hot, steamy, action-packed, the outer space land the characters inhibit vivid and real. Lots of strong emotions. Once they separate though, it becomes boring and formulaic, predictable struggle between good and evil kept together only by author's luxurious details about that groovy different world and cataclysmic evolution changes in it. Agree with other reviewers that some drama possibilities were wasted, emotional letdowns.
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-romance
I would give this book 3.5 stars. I am a fan of Susan Grant but Sureblood wasn't quite as enthralling as some of her other stories. It's still very enjoyable but the plot devices used to keep the H/h apart and make them doubt each other felt unbelievable to me. At times I was annoyed with the heroine for choosing to believe anyone but the Hero and flicked past these pages. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a solid Scifi Romance with some great space pirate scenes and a sexy hero.
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I've really enjoyed a lot of books by Susan Grant, but this one felt a little more rough around the edges. The space pirates were very interesting (although there were some ethical gray areas I didn't feel were fully resolved) and the romance was good. But the book felt like it had two distinct halves and I didn't like the second half nearly as much. In fact, I got sidetracked a couple of chapters from the end and never finished it....
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Although the book bogged down a bit in the middle, most of it was fast-paced and exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having read all of the other books in the series, I especially liked its departure from the worlds already introduced and the peoples already met with only small references to them. It made the book much more interesting than some of the previous books.
Dawn ♥ romance
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I was riveted by this sci-fi story even though the romance took a back seat to the plot. I really liked the alpha heroine and the tough decisions she had to make. Rivaling pirate captains Val and Dake start off with an exciting fast paced action packed fight to take over a freighter.”
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Cardboard villain, some unbelievable occurrences, and a plot that resolved a bit too easily, but there are also lady space pirates and mother-child relationships that are as important as the romantic one.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I enjoyed the story a lot. It was different the the previous two in the series and I loved the characters. The pirates and their society was very interesting and even though I had enough of "Aye" by the time the story ended, everything else was awesome.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers
Scifi pirate romance mash up. As convoluted as it sounds.
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3.75 out of 5
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Just started reading this. Love that I checked it out as an ebook from the library.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read!

What an amazing story! I loved the characters and the adventure. The romance was scorching and I loved the ending. I would definitely recommend this book.
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Susan’s childhood dreams of becoming a space explorer fizzled when she found out calculus was involved. Luckily, she didn’t need math skills to fly jets—or to create space stories in her head, first for herself, then for friends, and now for readers everywhere.

A New York Times/USA Today bestselling author and a military veteran, Susan won the prestigious RITA Award for her book Contact, a sci-fi

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