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Peek Inside Deadly Pursuit

Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum-security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that is no longer an option.

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Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum-security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that is no longer an option.

Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He’s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue—such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.

After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away—it was a rash impulse—and she means to go back—eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?

Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.

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


"Croft has the perfect balance of action, drama, and romance that creates the most can't-put-this-book-down-until-the-last-page feeling." --Debbie, Goodreads

"With tons of action, romance, and plot twists, this book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. " --- Jess the Romanceaholic, Goodreads

"Like I said, I loved this book and honestly, I love this series!! I HIGHLY recommend it. I cannot wait for book #3 which I am thinking will be Tannis' book (the El Cazador captain) and the hints that we've already seen about it, point to the fact that it's going to be another really fabulous adventure!" --Christi Snow, Goodreads

"Deadly Pursuit allows us to still interact with all the characters from Break Out and added a new one named Jon...and I love him...he is such a great addition to this crew of "misfits"!! LOVE IT...MUST READ...ready for the next one... :)" --Kathryn, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668915
Series: Dark Desires, Book 2
Release Date: Sep 9, 2013
Page Count: 332
Imprint: amara next
Genre: aliens, sci-fi, sci-fi space opera, shifters, vampires, werewolves
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Claire April 20, 2016

4 - ”Who let the fucking dog onboard.” Stars!

I am absolutely freaking loving this series. If at the beginning of book one you told me I would really enjoy a Space/PNR/Romance series, I probably would have laughed in your face and said Hell NO. Turns out this is the one time in my life I have ever be ...more

By Debbie November 29, 2011

Deadly Pursuit is Nina Croft’s second novel in her Blood Hunter series and it’s fantastic. I love Nina Croft’s writing. She is an awesome writer. Croft has the prefect balance of action, drama, and romance that creates the most can't-put-this-book-down-until-the-last-page feeling. I also loved every ...more

By Jess the Romanceaholic December 10, 2011

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Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 (Available Now!)
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Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 Blood Hunter ...more

By Rachel- Goodbye Borders March 01, 2018

This picks up where Break Out left off. I liked that the crew was there and they all played significant parts to the story. Jon and Alex were central to the story, but the interplay between all the characters are what I liked most in this book and in the previous book. They have all become a family, ...more

By Crystal ♥ RBtWBC December 01, 2011

**May contain spoilers for the first novel**

Race through space on a heart-pounding, out-of-this-world adventure with a dark and sexy vampire, a brooding werewolf and the courageous women that stand by them throughout it all in the Blood Hunter series!

In the first book, Break ...more

By Christi January 25, 2012

My Review:
Deadly Pursuit is book 2 of this absolutely WONDERFUL Sci-fi series!!! I don't think that you have to read book #1 in this series, Break Out, to be able to enjoy this book, but I do think that it will help you understand the world and the characters better. Also, right now that book is onl ...more

By Kathryn December 26, 2011

I have loved how Nina Croft has given us this creative and action packed world that is unique to the paranormal world. It is new and refreshing and I am totally captivated.
Deadly Pursuit allows us to still interact with all the characters from Break Out and added a new one named Jon...a ...more

By GothicMom'S July 24, 2017

The perfect blend of science fiction, paranormal and romance, and enjoyable by any gender. The greatest books are the ones that make readers stop and think, what if? Nina Croft proves with each book in this series that she truly understands that concept. Creating a world after the earth has been des ...more

By Helen March 27, 2020

Jon is a professional assassin. He's also an alpha werewolf, fighting his urges to protect. Alex was selected at birth as the figurehead of the Church of Everlasting Life. The crossing of their paths set the entire universe after the crew of the the space cruiser El Cazador. The story is fast paced. ...more

By Tracy October 26, 2012

Fierce, Furry, Futuristic Romp
Confused and disoriented, Jonathan Decker jerks awake aboard a strange ship. He's lying in bed in an unfamiliar room, not in a cell, and he's alive. He doesn't know why he was released from the maximum security prison he expected to die in, and he doesn't know who got h ...more

By Sandy S October 24, 2014

4.25 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Re-release November 1, 2014

He craves his own freedom.

Jonathon Decker knows how to keep his enemies close—and his allies closer. But what about his women? Everyone wants a piece of the world’s sexiest werewolf, now that he’s been broken out of prison. Enter Alexia, the High ...more

By Marta October 20, 2014

Well who doesn't love a tortured hero and the werewolf Jon who takes centre stage in this story is just too delicious! Yes he has been rescued from prison by Rico and his crew aboard the El Cazador but now he has to prove that he was worth saving! This is the second book in this series set in space ...more

By Paranormal May 20, 2017

Suffocating under the regiment and routine of being the chosen high priestess, the heroine uses the first opportunity she gets to escape out into the world. Naïve and innocent of what the real world is like, she finds herself on a ship under the rule of a vampire who scares her to death. But disguis ...more

By Marlene December 06, 2011
I absolutely love it when an author gives me what I asked for! Not that Nina Croft and I have ever met. But in my review of Break Out, the first book of her Blood Hunter series, I asked for more world-building, more information about how the situation with the Ch ...more

By Joy December 11, 2014

The crew of the El Cazador is hiding from the Collective, the prisoner they broke out of maximum security prison, Jonathon Decker is not only a wanted hired assassin but he’s also a lone alpha werewolf. As much as Rico wouldn’t mind dumping the “dog” on some random planet he’s not going to just let ...more

By Rhianna January 14, 2012

When the hunted becomes the hunter...

When the El Cazador's crew broke assassin Jon Decker out of prison they knew he was dangerous. But far more dangerous is the mystery as to why the Collective want him so badly. Complicating things is the discovery that the cabin boy has just been outed as a woman ...more

By Kim October 30, 2014

I enjoyed Deadly Pursuit even more than Break Out! This book picks up immediately after the end of Break Out so I do advise reading book 1 first before diving into this one.

Jonathan Decker, the assassin the group just broke out of the most secure prison in the system, is awake from cryogenic sleep, ...more

By Laurie November 27, 2011

Action-packed, this story is brimming with an odd assortment of characters. This is the second book Nina Croft’s Blood Hunter series; and in this episode, the crew of the El Cazador get fleshed-out a bit more. While each of them still have their own demons and mysterious pasts, the author does dole ...more

By Eva December 19, 2013

The second book in Blood Hunter series is an intriguing and exciting read that gets the reader’s adrenalin pumping.

Werewolf and assassin, Jon is used to working alone and now he’s stuck on the El Cazador while he figures out what he is supposed to know that puts him on everyone’s most wanted dead li ...more

By Laurie January 24, 2012

Warning! Do Not crack any eggs near this book; unless you want them fried...This is seriously hot stuff.

This book has great characters, kick ass plot lines, humor and plenty of 'Hot 'n' Heavy' along the way.

Deadly Pursuit may be the first of these author's full-length novels, but it is the second in ...more

By Dana January 07, 2012

Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft is a keeper! Croft has penned yet another entertaining paranormal sci-fi odyssey. Deadly Pursuit is determined to take you on board a ship full of misfits. The crew of “El Cazador” are full of puffed malarkey and gasconade. In Deadly Pursuit we learn of Al's true identit ...more

By Gemma April 18, 2012

Like every second book in a series, there was a lot to live up to with such an excellent start Croft had with 'Break Out'. Luckily, she managed to pull off another excellent story… However, I do have a few reservations.

"Deadly Pursuit" is longer than 'Break Out', which was a novella, and in some way ...more

By Paula October 29, 2014

Deadly Pursuit is book two in this series. While I’m not usually a fan of science fiction, I am a huge fan of Nina Croft. She does not disappoint with this story of Jon and Alex. Two more opposite characters could not fit better together than these two. Everything from the physical descriptions to t ...more

By C. Erani November 08, 2016

*voluntarily and honestly reviewed an ARC via Entangled Publishing*

This is the second book in the Blood Hunter series, and while it wasn't as enticing for me as the first (Reece!!!) I still really enjoyed the humor and thrill. Different characters brought a different tone, and with the new dangerous ...more

By Debra November 19, 2016

Deadly Pursuit (Dark Desires #2) by Nina Croft is an Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, Action Adventure, Romance.
This is one of the best adult sci-fi I have run into in a very long time. It is well written and flows with ease. The main characters in this one is Jon ( a werewolf assassin) and Alexi ...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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