Since she was a little girl, everyone - from her father to the Great Creator himself - told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she's worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits to capture rival members. At least, she would be if Razia's boss ever gave her a chance. It's a man’s world, and all she’s allowed to hunt are purse snatchers while she languishes on probation.
To pay the bills, she's stuck in her old life as Lyssa, discovering and analyzing distant planets and selling them for cash. She's doing just enough to stay out of trouble, pretending to be continuing her father's mysterious research while away for long periods of time. Her slimy boss is always asking questions and even assigns one of her younger brothers, Vel, to intern with her. Already struggling to keep the balance between her double lives, she tries everything to rid herself of the kid...
...until the universal police mistake Lyssa’s intern for Razia's hostage. (Goodreads)
Have you ever seen the show Cowboy Bebop? It's a really amazing anime that I'll admit to watching many times (and seeing as how I don't watch much anime at all, that's saying something :). Anyhow, Double Life really reminded me of this great show in all the best ways. I love a good piracy game, and in space just makes it more fun. Add in some characters who are wonderfully complex (though at times make you want to scream at them, *ahem* Razia...), this was a really fun read. I did find myself thinking that the world building could have been a bit more creative in places, but I was invested in what happened to Lyssa and needed to know how she'd fare to overlook that. While the ending was a touch on the predictable side, I did enjoy it, and definitely can't wait to read more of this series!
Have you had a chance to check out this series?