Published by VanScoy Publishing Group
Released on August 7, 2014
Ever had one of those books you really enjoy and there aren’t more because it wasn’t a series? This is the one. I loved it so much and wanted more of this world only to find out it was a one time event. Cherise dips her toes into Sci-Fi and does so much justice to it. This was a re-read and I enjoyed it just as much the second time.
Singer Mella Archer is known across the galaxy for her voice, but her face is known by few. When her murderous husband on the pure religious Earth puts a hit on her head, Mella escapes, but is stranded on a strange planet with no means to get back home or pay for food. Thinking to mug someone, Mella picks a man limping thinking him an easy target, but she picked the wrong man to assume was weak.
Dain is the head planet security, injured, but healing. When a meek woman tries to rob him, it isn’t hard to put her down. When Mella is indentured for her crimes, Dain purchases her services. Only Mella isn’t aware that by services, it means anything he wants, including sex.
Dain introduces Mella to sins of the body, hoping to gain some pleasure with the little thief while also keeping her from the hands of others who would do her harm. The planet is beautiful but also has an edge that could kill a person easily. Rules are put in place, but also violating some rules means punishment and a return to the auction block. Dain starts to care, but Mella starts to betray him with her secrets.
Faced with a fear that Dain is working with her husband, Mella must decide if she believes Dain is innocent or willing to turn her over to her murderous husband. But also can she risk letting everyone know she is the singer everyone is enthralled with? Can she be honest and forgiving.
The story wakes up a prude raised on Earth where sex is only for having children. Her husband isn’t the greatest, but she believes he only has her interest at heart. The betrayal she feels also hampers her willingness to trust let alone let go to her body’s need.
I love the world that was build. The slightly super powers, the rituals of seasons, the acceptance of sexuality and the people who you learn more about. I really wished this was a series with more books, but I guess I was one of the rare people who loved this one. I will continue to cherish it as one of my favorite Sci-Fi Romances.
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