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Peek Inside Riding the Odds

Spaceship captain Tara Rowan has a Rider—an organic symbiote—that enhances Tara's physical abilities. But she can never risk anyone discovering her Rider's true origins. Especially not the sexily dangerous stranger who appears out of nowhere. Trace Munroe is looking for a kidnapped princess, and the only way to find her is to blackmail Tara. Except that a blazing attraction to Tara is definitely complicating things...and if Trace follows his code of honor, it could destroy the woman he's falling for.

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An act of desperation and the beginning of seduction…

Spaceship captain Tara Rowan has her secrets. One is her Rider, Zie—an organic symbiote, like a living tattoo—that enhances Tara’s physical abilities. But Zie is no ordinary Rider, and Tara can never risk anyone discovering Zie’s true origins. Especially not the sexily dangerous stranger who appears out of nowhere and makes Tara’s pulse race…

Except that “Trace Munroe” isn’t exactly who he says he is. He’s in fact a Holy Knight, who does everything by the book, and Tara is his only lead in tracking down a kidnapped princess. And Trace will do whatever it takes to get that information—including blackmail. But a blazing attraction to Tara is definitely complicating things…especially when Trace realizes that following his code of honor means destroying the woman he’s falling for.


"Riding the Odds was a great Sci Fi/Space adventure read that features the awesome enemies to lovers scenario." --Book Passion for Life

"Within reading the first few pages of this book of this book I immediately fell in love with Zie." --Lacey's Love of Literature, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751446
Release Date: Feb 2, 2015
Page Count: 349
Imprint: amara next
Genre: sci-fi, sci-fi space opera
Tropes: blackmail

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By Kristin January 24, 2015

This was a great sci-fi romance involving an uptight hero and an independent woman. Tara comes across Trace while waiting for a cargo to transport. He claims to be a writer looking to shadow her for a novel he's working on. However, he's really the prince and a former Holy Knight. Tara's not just a ...more

By Lola January 22, 2015

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

The cover and the mention of a symbiote dragon got my attention to this book and I knew I had to read it. Weirdly enough the whole dragon symbyote thing is also the thing I loved most about this book. All in all it was a fun and enjoyable book and I ...more

By Sarah Beth January 26, 2015

I find that I enjoy space odyssey types of books and after finishing “Riding the Odds” by Lynda K. Scott can say the book thoroughly entertained me. There was suspense, good world building, and a steamy love story. What more can a girl ask for when wanting to escape between the pages of a fun read? ...more

By Marta January 31, 2015

If you are in the mood for a sweet sci fi romance with a little adventure than this new to me author might just deliver. Here we have a strong ,noble hero with an agenda of his own that most certainly does not include falling for a criminal. The criminal though is Tara a feisty independent woman and ...more

By Eva February 02, 2015

Desperate to find a missing princess, Trace will do whatever it takes including using Tara’s secret past to blackmail her but something about the feisty ship captain stirs his desire – even if she is a wanted criminal in this tantalizing sci-fi fantasy romance.

The characters grab the reader’s attent ...more

By Ronnie January 26, 2015

I received a free ebook copy of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I should be reading fantasy books and here I am reading sci-fi after glorious sci-fi. I didn’t regret picking up Riding the Odds though, hell, not for a minute. Frankly, I didn’t expect it to b ...more

By Linda January 20, 2015

Traisdan Munroe (Trace) is the adopted son of of the King of Empyrea, who adopted him when Trace's father, his best friend died in a plague. Formerly a Holy Knight (something like Templar Knights? They enforce the law & are deadly, trained fighters) he resigns when his adopted sister, Princess Kater ...more

By Denise February 01, 2015

This is my first time reading this author who has given me such a fascinating treat. In order anymore for me to read this genre that ventures into space it really has to pick my curiosity. I tend to anymore shy away from otherworld novels unless it is the paranormal kind. The characters in this nove ...more

By Stacy February 01, 2015

Tara is an independent trader with a past and a secret. I thought she had a pretty good head on her shoulder. She's smart, resourceful and she can take care of herself. When Trace walks into her life, she has to decide if she will help him find his missing sister, or lose everything she has worked s ...more

By Diana January 25, 2015

Note: I got this ARC from Entangled Publishing for an honest review.

So. The book itself was pretty good, and it focused around a women named Tara Rowen, who is uptight and stubborn, and a guy she met named Trace Monroe.
Both had their own agendas in the book; however, their stories fitted quite well, ...more

By Adele November 05, 2015

I knew what to expect when I read the synopsis for this book. What I didn’t expect, was all the detail and thought that went into the story. I mean, a living tattoo? That is something that really stood out to me while reading the book.

I was quickly swept up in the story. All the details we see thro ...more

By Rachelle (RavenclawRachelle) February 11, 2015

This is the best science-fiction romance I've read in a very long time.

The world building in this novel was phenomenal, I never felt alienated by the world and I never had difficulty remembering any of the relevant information. I was very intrigued by the concept of Riders and how the author execute ...more

By Karleigh April 19, 2015

Riding the odds was given to me as an advanced reader copy by Entangled Publishing, for an honest review. I am not being paid in any way, these are my honest and real opinions on this book.

I'll be honest I picked this book because of the cover, I thought it looked really interesting and beautiful. ...more

By Julie January 22, 2015

This is the kind of story I just love to read. Tara is an independent space captain. She know how to survive her world, and is certainly helped by a symbiotic creature named Zie, dragonlike, and always hungry. Her path crosses with Trace, not accidently, and they tumble into danger and adventure. Sc ...more

By Melanie February 22, 2015

Review posted here...
Riding the Odds was a great Sci Fi/Space adventure read that features the awesome enemies to lovers scenario.
As the synopsis tells us – Tara Rowan has secrets, secrets that could mean death because of the past she wishes would just st ...more

By Janelle February 02, 2015

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 ½ stars!

When Spaceship Captain Tara Rowan first meets writer Trace Monroe, she immediately feels a spark of attraction. But she can tell he is hiding something, especially seeing as trust is not something Tara R ...more

By Casey February 04, 2015

I received an e-ARC copy of Riding the Odds from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4 stars

A female spaceship captain and a space knight (how cool is that) go searching for a missing princess.

Tara Rowan is a host to a Rider, a dragon shaped symbiote named Zie, that lives wi ...more

By Ivey March 09, 2015

Ridding the Odds was full of everything I love in books. It had jealousy, action, alpha males, kick-ass women who don't think of themselves when they should be, and a story line that will have your heart racing. It has an engaging start which is crucial for me in books, and I was pulled into the st ...more

By Book Gannet February 01, 2015

4.5 stars! I loved this space romp adventure starring a brave captain, her cute living tattoo and the handsome guy on a mission. Tara was courageous, loyal and gutsy without being smart-mouthed and feisty just for the sake of it. She’s seen and done things in order to survive that she isn’t proud of ...more

By Marsha March 10, 2015

Riding the Odds is sci-fi at its best. We have a female spaceship captain (an Independent so she’s on her own out there in the void of space) – a feisty, charming symbiote who steals not only hearts but the story – and a Holy Knight, who is deep undercover in his search for his missing sister, a kid ...more

By Jasmyn February 06, 2015

This was an amazing sci-fi romance. It had everything!!! We had spaceships and distant planets, strange and deadly native animals, and riders. I really want to have a rider - if I say pretty please will someone go find me one? This was a great addition to the story and allowed it to really blossom a ...more

By Ava January 30, 2015

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

First of all, it was a great surprise to read this sci-fi romance and adventure book., I enjoyed it and liked it. And what a well written book. I was at first quite lost in the story, it jumped into an unknown era, p ...more

By Sierra the Nerdgirl March 07, 2015

"Riding the Odds" Review             “Riding the Odds” was a sci-fi romance book that had me hooked from the start. This sci-fi has remarkable world building and the concept behind the Riders—beings that are live tattoos that enhance human abilities—is so intriguing. The world kept getting more inte ...more

By Rhianna February 02, 2015

Epic scifi adventure with a hearty romance!

When it comes to the romance genre scifi romance has always kind of been the odd man out. But it's amazing books like RIDING THE ODDS that make me wish more of my romance loving friends were into it.

While it took me a few chapters to warm to it, it wasn't l ...more

By Lori August 12, 2015

I enjoy a good SciFi romance, and this book definitely fits that category. Loner Tara Rowan is an Independent Trader who travels the galaxy, picking up jobs carrying cargo between planets. Trace Munroe is a Holy Knight who was adopted into the royal family. When his sister goes missing, his investig ...more

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Lynda K Scott

About the author

Lynda K Scott

In her family of Kentucky 'ridge runners', telling tales was a tradition that even the children participated in. From candle-lit tellings of scary stories to using her writing talents on her job as a computer programmer/analyst, Lynda has always had a flair for words. She began writing short stories then turned her attention to novel length fiction. She has placed or won many writing contests including the RWA Golden Heart, the Golden Pen, OTFS (On The Far Side from the FF&P Chapter of RWA) but the best prize is seeing her work published. In addition to writing, Lynda dabbles in gourmet cooking and has lately been exploring vegetarian cooking. Occasionally, she puts one of her recipes on a blog post, or in a book. She lives in Michigan with her husband, her big old fluffy kitten, Wookie, and her lovable Golden Retriever, Skie.

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