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  • The Destiny Trilogy, Volume 3

    Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.

    Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret, and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red-haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.

    Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?

    Excerpt:

    “Wha-at?” Cat flung herself sideways. Her feet slid from under her as something long and black wrapped itself round her leg, writhing and tightening its coils. She hit the ground hard, rolling over to her shoulder, almost deafened by the sound of Kerry’s blaster. The water sprayed up from the river and her throat burned with the acrid smell of blaster emissions and burning flesh. Gravel and pebbles dug into her skin through the fabric of her clothing, as something dragged her toward the edge of the bank. She bit back a cry of horror as she glanced over her shoulder at the thing twining itself around her leg. An icy fear went through her. Snakes—the only creatures she really feared. She aimed her pistol and then realized it was not a serpent that dragged her toward the river, but a long, rubbery tentacle fastened around the tough material of her leggings and boot.

    Before she could activate the weapon, Kerry let off another barrage of plasma bolts into the river. He leapt toward her and ripped the severed tentacle from her leg. It flapped around on the wet grass. She scrambled to her knees, still slightly winded, and fired at the hideous thing. The foliage around it flared briefly with an eerie green flame, and the tentacle shrivelled into a slimy black mass, emitting a pungent odour and causing her to gag.

    “It seems I was mistaken about the creature being dead.” Kerry prodded the smouldering mass with his boot and looked across over the water. “It is now.” He leaned down and grasped her wrist to haul her to her feet. “Are you hurt?”

    “No, I don’t think so.” Her shoulder was sore and probably bruised but she’d live.

    She tried to control her shivering. The incident affected her more than she wanted to admit. Kerry’s proximity—naked to the waist, his lithe body shining from the water droplets that still clung to his skin, and his legs swathed in tight black leather—did nothing to help. The last thing she wanted was for him to realize how scared she’d been when she thought a snake attacked her.

    “Thanks. That was close. It would have been a bit ironic if I’d been killed by the same creature I saved you from.”

    She realized he still grasped her wrist. She tried to move away, but he pulled her back, obliging her to turn to him.

    “You’re trembling.”

    “I’m fine.”

    “No,” he said. “You’re not.” He pulled her closer and his eyes softened, his gaze holding her mesmerized. She opened her mouth to try to speak, but in the same instant, he put his hand under her chin and his lips closed over hers.

    For a brief moment, she tried to resist but found herself drawn into his kiss as he deepened it, his hand brushing lightly through her hair. For a long moment, time seemed to stand still, and nothing mattered except his lips burning on hers. His tongue teased her own, demanding and insistent, his lips incredibly sensuous, firm, caressing. Through the thin material of her shirt, Cat felt the warmth of his bare chest pressed hard against her breasts. The cold metal of the capsule he obviously did not take off, even to bathe, dug into her skin, but the slight discomfort was nothing compared to the turmoil in her mind.

    Without any conscious action on her part, her arms slipped around his neck. She traced the damp skin of his shoulders with her fingers and felt the ridges of old scars on his back. Her heart pounded uncomfortably in her chest, and her blood coursed like liquid fire through her veins.

Reviews

Grade 
05/01/2017

REVIEW BY: LINDA TONIS, MEMBER OF THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEW

I want to begin by saying that I did not read the first two books in this series, but at no time did I find myself lost. I am sure I would have had a better insight into the main characters, but I knew enough to be satisfied.

Cat Kincaid finds herself crashing on a planet and while exploring where she is, she comes upon a man being attacked. Her first reaction is to help. When the dust clears she finds herself treating the very man she has wanted revenge against for the death of her sister. Although she could very easily have left him to die, she wanted to know for sure what happened to her sister. They must work together to find a way off the planet.

Kerry Marchant is part owner of Destiny, the ship he and his crew used to leave Earth years ago to escape the Global Union and their corrupt policies. He lost the woman he loved, Jess. Although he finds himself somewhat attracted to Cat, he swore he would never let another woman into his heart.

Cat also has secrets and since they don’t trust each other, she keeps it to herself. She is running from the Union and her ex-lover Dorian. Cat has something the Union wants very badly and will not stop till they have it. Cat and Kerry find themselves in some very strange places, an old western town, a desert one minute and lush scenery the next. Dead bodies disappear without a trace and when he finally confesses what happened to her sister, she finds it hard to accept. Is her sister really dead? Was her sister a traitor like Kerry said?

There are a lot of things that do not make sense at times but it all becomes very clear. The book was very reminiscent of a story you would see on Star Trek. Since I love that show, how could I not love this book? There are surprises, secrets and a budding romance between two characters who started off hating each other. All the characters in the book were wonderful, especially Cat’s constant companion, Shifter, and very unique animal.

If you are a sci-fi fan you will love this series. Although this was a stand-alone I recommend reading the series from the start.

    Grade 
    09/01/2016

    I LOVED BELOVED ENEMY!

    It was really a work of art...How the imaginative stage was set just so, how the story board was kept on simmer, and how the characters were defined (mainly the fiesty red-haired Cat & the capable and handsome Kerry). It was all so magnetic. The characters were like would-be friends that I admire.

    On my wish list is a regenerator and don't tell my cat Woofie I might trade him for a chameleopard wolf. If I ever feel unfulfilled, this book will be awaiting my rereading. Somehow, it gave me a transfusion - a new zest - and appreciation for Hywela Lyn's talent and capability.

    Within is a message that each human being might aspire to live life as a rep for humanity on earth! Pertinent issues of Earth are here entwined with a love story really "out there"! This book stays with me!
    Date Added: 08/28/2016 by Cat Kaulback

      Grade 
      05/13/2016

      The Book is Futuristic but the Romance is Today

      This is the third and final book of "The Destiny" trilogy. The blurb gives a good background of the plot so I won't delve too much into that.

      What is so amazing about how Mr. Lyn writes, and considering how she sets her books into the future on different planets, is that she's able to convey to the reader how such strange and unique locations appear to your mind's eye. You can actually visualize these bizarre surroundings and alien life forms.

      In this particular book, we're treated to various, almost instantaneous revolving, locales. For instance, in the space of a moment of time, the characters are in a western TV setting. In the next, they're dropped into a swamp (complete with quicksand) with a ferocious sea monster fighting viciously to make them his noontime meal. Whew!

      I especially enjoyed the old Aztec-like pyramids. :)

      And the alien I enjoyed the most was Shifter. Who is he? Hm, he's...something.

      There is some sexual content near the end of the story. The author (since I'm a G-rated, sweet reader) was good enough to inform me ahead of time. I appreciated that.

      If you're in the market for a futuristic time travel --and a bit of a mystery story, to boot-- then this book is for you.
      ***
      I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.***

      By Miss Mae - Published on Amazon.com

        Grade 
        05/13/2016

        ...Hywela Lyn and I'm Glad That I did

        THIS IS MY FIRST TIME READING ANYTHING BY AUTHOR, HYWELA LYN AND I AM GLAD I DID. BELOVED ENEMY IS VOLUME III IN THE DESTINY TRILOGY. IT IS A SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE READ. IT CAN BE READ AS A STAND ALONE. WE ARE INTRODUCED TO CAT KINCAID WHO CRASHED LANDED ON A PLANET. KERRY MERCHANT AND THE CREW OF THE DESTINY INVESTIGATE A DISTRESS SIGNAL AND ARE ATTACKED BY UNKNOWN ASSAILANTS. CAT SAVES KERRY AND THEY ARE BOTH ARE STRANDED ON THE PLANET. CAT AND KERRY HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER FIGHTING UNKNOWN ASSAILANTS AND THEIR FEELING FOR ONE ANOTHER. WILL THEY SURVIVE AND LEARN TO TRUST ONE ANOTHER? WILL CAT AND KERRY BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO DENY THEIR FEELING FOR ONE ANOTHER?

        BELOVED ENEMY IS VERY ENJOYABLE READ FILLED WITH LOTS OF ACTION AND SOME VERY INTERESTING CHARACTERS. IT WAS NICE GETTING TO KNOW CAT AND KERRY. BOTH ARE VERY COMPLICATED CHARACTERS WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH AND ARE VERY STRONG. THE MORE I LEARNED ABOUT THEM THE MORE I LIKED THEM MORE AND MORE. I LOVED THE CONSTANT BICKERING BETWEEN CAT AND KERRY. THE ATTRACTION WAS PREVIOUS OBVIOUSLY. I LOVED THE STORY ABOUT ALIENS PUTTING THEM AND THE CREW THROUGH TESTS TO DETERMINE IF MANKIND WAS WORTH SAVING. I WAS GLAD WHEN CAT AND KERRY FINALLY ARE TOGETHER. THEY WERE MEANT FOR EACH OTHER.

        IF YOU LOVE SCIENCE FICTION OR IF YOU LOVE A GOOD ACTION BOOK WITH SOME ROMANCE, I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND YOU READ BELOVED ENEMY AND THIS SERIES. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES AND BY THIS AUTHOR. I LOVE HER WRITING.

          Grade 
          05/13/2016

          Will They Survive?

          This was my first time reading anything by Hywela Lyn and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this great story. Hywela Lyn has given us a story with twists and turns and enemies that is relying on each other for survival. They were ultimately on trail for what you will have to read the story to fine out no spoilers from me. This story tells us the tale of two people who is determined not to fall in love with each other ,they are being judged by a superior beings who are determined to see if they should allow mankind to expand further in to space or should they put an end to them. This amazing story is filled with everything from action ,emotional angst and the perfect amount of romance. These characters are just great and the primary ones are Cat Kincaid a "pirate Queen" and Kerry Marchand who's a man with one colorful past. Cat is a beautiful red hair who's intelligent and is very skilled in weapons and one talented pilot. But then there's Kerry that who is handsome ,sexy,smart tough and who is very dedicated to his crew on his ship. The secondary characters are the crew members on Kerry's crew ,and then there's the union a governmental organization who Kerry really hates and who Cat kind of works for them. The way that Hywela Lyn has combin all of the characters in this great story will keep you locked in the pages of this book from start to finish ,and will also keep you on the edge of your seat until you fine out what is going to happen next. I could go on and tell you more, but that would just spoil everything for you .So I highly recommend that you read this amazing story ,you won't you be disappointed.

          By Bella's blog - Published on Amazon.com

            Grade 
            05/13/2016

            Entertaining SciFi Romance

            I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review and rated it 4.00 out of 5 Stars.

            I can’t remember the first time I read a science fiction romance but I know it’s a subgenre that I’ve enjoyed reading in the past so when I got the opportunity to read and review Beloved Enemy by Hywela Lyn, the third book in her Destiny Trilogy, I jumped at the chance. Set on an “uninhabited” planet, Beloved Enemy tells the tale of two people, determined not to fall in love with each other, who find themselves being tested and judged by a “superior” race of beings determining whether they should allow mankind to expand further into space or put an end to them. Filled with action, emotional angst and just the right amount of romance, this is a book science fiction romance lovers will definitely enjoy.

            Ms. Lyn does a good job introducing us to her primary characters, Cat Kincaid, a “pirate queen” and Kerry Marchand, a man with a colorful past. A red haired beauty, Cat, is intelligent, skilled with weapons and a talented space pilot. When her spaceship is attacked, she flees in a small escape “vehicle” and ends up marooned on a planet hoping to be able to find some sort of rescue. It was a little difficult to connect with Cat at first because of how the story begins – right in the middle of her becoming marooned- but once I got to know her, and her companion “Shifter”, I liked her and enjoyed watching her character develop. I liked Kerry’s character right from the start; a handsome man with unusually colored yes, he’s smart, tough and dedicated to the crew of his ship. Though he doesn’t know it, he and Cat have someone in common in their past who was very important to them both.

            The secondary characters are Kerry’s crew members, the “superior race” of beings who use the planet as a staging area for their “tests” of the humans that have landed there and members of the “Union”, a governmental organization Kerry hates and Cat sort of works with. Ms. Lyn does a good job combining all of the characters and action in the story and I found myself turning the pages to find out what would happen next. Especially when it came to the chemistry between Cat and Kerry, chemistry they couldn’t ignore.

            Will Cat and Kerry be able to prove that humans are worth keeping alive? Will they ever get off the planet they are stuck on? And will they realize that they are destined to be together? You’ll have to read Beloved Enemy to find out, I enjoyed it look forward to reading more of Ms. Lyn’s work.

            By Maria D. - Published on Amazon.com

              Grade 
              05/09/2016

              A wonderful Escape

              Thank you Hywela for this escape into sci fi romance. It proved to be not just the perfect companion to a long flight but also an excellent conclusion to the trilogy.

              P Lamb (on Amazon UK)

                Grade 
                05/09/2016

                A wonderful Escape

                Thank you Hywela for this escape into sci fi romance. It proved to be not just the perfect companion to a long flight but also an excellent conclusion to the trilogy.
                P. Lamb

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