Cancer is the watercraft-branch of the privatized Zodiac Forces. If you can float a boat, you’ll find Cancer operatives on the water investigating. Whiplash and Cardinal are two soldiers off the coast of Italy, hot on the trail of an ivory smuggling gang.
Instead of ivory, they find a message in a bottle calling for help. It’s ten years old and the case is probably cold, but Whiplash knows a proper adventure when she sees one and Cardinal is along for the ride. It gets personal when the trail leads back to the very smugglers they were tracking. Both Whip and Cards are kidnapped and the woman who threw that message in a bottle: she locked Cardinal in the forward berth of the ship herself.
Was it a trap for the Zodiac women or does the lady pirate want out? Separated from her partner and supplies, it’s up to Cards to keep it together and get herself free. If it means pretending to cooperate, even pretending to fall in love, Cardinal won’t pull any punches.
I have some mixed feelings about this book. I liked it overall but there were a lot of things that bother me, most of it silly things and not relevant to the plot but they bother me nonetheless.
The plot was good. I enjoyed the conflicts that were presented to the main characters. I wasn’t too fond on Whiplash or Cardinal but there’s this other character that instantly got my attention. She was really interesting and with some bittersweet moments that were very endearing. I did have some problems even with her at the end because she seemed, in some aspects, more naïve than she should be. I understood the circumstances but I still felt that way.
There is a little romance but I don’t think it’s the most important part of the story or maybe I was the one who dismissed it quickly because I’m not really into insta-love kind of relationships.
I felt so distracted by their names, I spend all the reading time wishing they were named something different and I was very confused by all those zodiac names, I get it’s part of a series and the zodiac is relevant to it, but I even ended the book without understanding what was that about.
Overall I liked it, the story was really good. I didn’t loved it but I’m sure I’ll be reading more books from the author in the future.