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Peek Inside Break Out

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

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The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

The hilarious novella that launched Entangled Publishing is now expanded to full-length and in print!
The Dark Desires series by Nina Croft
Book 1: Break Out
Book 2: Deadly Pursuit
Book 3: Death Defying
Book 4: Temporal Shift
Book 5: Blood and Metal
Book 6: Flying Through Fire



“The dialogue is fun, the action fierce, the love scenes sizzling….I'm looking forward to reading Break Out's sequel, Deadly Pursuit.” ―Joy Lamb, USA TODAY

“An exciting roller coaster ride… Loads of fun!” ―Julia Rachel Barrett, Award-winning author of Captured

“Absolutely hysterical! Rico – you had me at ‘bring me my goddamn spaceship.'” ―Dawn McClure, author of Samael and Heaven Sent

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622664443
Series: Dark Desires, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 30, 2013
Page Count: 304
Imprint: amara next
Genre: aliens, sci-fi, sci-fi space opera, shifters, vampires
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Claire April 20, 2016

3.5 - "There's always a choice." Stars.

Space is definitely the 'final frontier' for me when it comes to reading a romance novel. I can honestly say it isn't an area that I would normally look for my romance 'jollies', and in truth it probably isn't a genre that I will be rushing out to buy more of i ...more

By Ana July 07, 2011

Rico is a vampire born in the 15th century. He's a mercenary with his own ship, with a strange crew, and he uses sex as a substitute for his darker cravings. Those cravings are the reason he got entangled with Skylar, it became known throughout the universe that he has a weakness for pretty women.

Sk ...more

By Jess the Romanceaholic July 06, 2011

This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book:
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Blood Hunter serie ...more

By Rachel- Goodbye Borders October 15, 2017

Rico is a vampire, born/made in the 15th century. This takes place in 3048, Earth is no more (doesn't say why) and mankind has taken to space. That also means genetic engineering and the discovery of Meridian. Meridian is an expensive mineral that has the ability to make a person immortal. As the se ...more

By Dark Faerie Tales September 14, 2012

Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Paranormal Romance meets Science Fiction in this adrenaline-laced take on a crew of smugglers taking on a seemingly suicidal mission for an obsene amount of money.

Opening Sentence: Rico hurled himself behind the huge trunk of a tree and stood, back ...more

By Aubrie July 02, 2011

A sizzling hot Space Opera complete with vampires!

Skylar is on first solo mission as an elite intelligence officer. Disconnected from her team, she’s completely on her own, and this mission cannot fail. She’s trained for every situation, except a sexy vampire rogue who wants to take advantage of her ...more

By Rachel July 02, 2011

I've not read much sci-fi/space opera romance, but if they are all like this, I may be hooked. The story begins with Rico running for his life and doesn't stop the fast paced race until the very end. He's one hot hero. I love that he's not stupid and stayed one step ahead of the heroine.

Skylar is on ...more

By Melanie's October 24, 2012

LOVE this story!!! So unique!!! It is like the tv show Firefly, in a book, with a vampire! Seriously how could it get any better than that. Will definitely be looking for more of these! Such a wonderfully original idea which merges my top 2 pleasures (sci fi and vampires) into one book. SO glad my ...more

By Kati September 28, 2015

3.5 stars rounded up for good world building and good writing. An enjoyable read, but I found it hard to care about the main characters. ...more

By Cazy June 10, 2017

What a ride! Intrigue, the characters were complicated and mysterious. It gave me my fill, yet I couldn't wait to find out more. It sort of put me in the mind of Dark Matter, the tv series.
Anyway, the anticipation leading up to the sex was done well. I so love sex positive feminism. I get so tired o ...more

By Μαρία October 13, 2013

I was lucky enough to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway! I am so happy for that! Definitely a book worth reading! Fast-paced, full of adventure and sexy, this story combines the best elements from a vampire and a sci-fi story. Set in the distant future, it shows us a very different world, not be ...more

By Laurie July 21, 2011

This novella was a fast, fun read for me. It starts off strong and keeps getting better. I loved the action scenes and the dialogues with the secondary characters. This crew truly shines as far as I am concerned, each had distinctive personalities and quirks, and I couldn’t help but love them – Tann ...more

By Dana January 05, 2012

Break Out by Nina Croft is a paranormal sci-fi symphony! It is a literary fantasy set in the future that is believable and imaginative. Croft sets these two genres up in an unbelievable story of a space traveling vamp, altered humans, and the forces at play. The story carries you through space with ...more

By Gemma April 03, 2012

A great start to an interesting series which managed to keep my interest from beginning to end. It can be read as a stand alone but it does leave you wanting to find out about the rest of the characters on the ship. My only gripe is that I would have loved for it to be longer. Luckily, for the Mass ...more

By Mini September 10, 2011

I finished this book and have to say what fun it was to read. I think the author is very imaginative and talented.

The premise of the book is a space pirate vampire with a crew of mismatched mutants are offered a near impossible job of breaking someone out from a space prison. Rico, the space pirate ...more

By Lisa July 12, 2011

Ok I will admit when I heard all the buzz about this book my first thought was "Vampires in space?"

I should also mention that I'm not one to read much sci-fi...

But I REALLY had fun reading this novella!!!

I thought Rico was fun, dangerous, and still had a hint of dark sadness hidden deep inside. I en ...more

By Damali December 09, 2014

This story was romance-driven, but there's plenty of scifi elements and good characterization. ...more

By GothicMom'S July 22, 2017

Once again Nina Croft has delivered a great story and leaves readers anticipating more. From page one, the action begins and doesn't let up until the very end. Readers will board the El Cazador de Sangre and fall in love with every member of the crew. Each different from the other in way more than j ...more

By C. Erani November 05, 2016

*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received*

I really enjoyed this XD It was hilarious, I loved the writing style and the plot was pretty simple. The characters were funny and solid. I liked the dialogue, the POVs and the scenes. It was enough to let me devour it at a fast pace and enjoy it ...more

By Hbeebti March 31, 2018

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was impressed. Sometimes Vampire books start to feel all the same. This one was set in the future so it gave it a little twist for me. It was funny and adventurous. It was sexy and entertaining. I really enjoyed this book. The remaining se ...more

By Barbara "Cookie" August 10, 2017

Break Out (Dark Desires Book 1)

This a story of the far future. Where humans have left the Earth and now live in outer space. There are immortals and normal humans. How someone has found a way to kill the immortals. He is capacity and the El Caladar is hired to rescue him. Also the love story of Ric ...more

By Lucinda November 26, 2018

Pretty good

A lot of futuristic and a little bit of the past with a vampire thrown in. I enjoyed the book, it doesn't quite have a cliffhanger but it's definitely wide open for a sequel. ...more

By April January 27, 2020

Good twists and turns

Enjoyed this story and really felt connected to all the characters. I liked that love was slow to bloom for Skyla and Rico and I enjoyed all the challenges the crew faced to achieve their task. ...more

By Toni June 04, 2020

A Vampire in Space

Enjoyable space opera about different types of eternal life. Looking forward to reading the whole series. In between action and romance some interesting questions are raised about eternal life no matter what the form. ...more

By Gwynneth April 25, 2020

A unique vampire sci-fi

Space sounds like the perfect home for a vampire. In this future, there is a compound that can give you eternity. What are you willing to do to get that forever? ...more

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Nina Croft

About the author

Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction. And if you’d like to have learn about new releases sign up for Nina’s newsletter here:

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