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Publisher's Summary

Vala Yarlen is one of the Barren -- an infertile female ostracized from the rest of Kelderan society with others of her kind. So when she's given the opportunity to join the new colony on a human-occupied planet, she jumps at the chance for a new start. The only downside is that she has to serve General Thorin Jarrell for the duration of the journey. The cool, distant male goes out of his way to show his disdain of her. But for the chance at freedom, Vala endeavors to endure.
Thorin Jarrell is the general in command of the Kelderan colony transport ship. After years of concealing his true parentage and working his way through the ranks of the army, Thorin will do anything to make his mission a success. What he didn't count on was to find the female assigned to clean his quarters unconscious on the floor. The reason why throws his life into disarray.
Yet as Thorin tries to help Vala recover, the ship encounters trouble. Will they ever reach Jasvar alive? And if so, will Thorin and Vala find a way to be together despite the mountain of obstacles standing in their way?
©2017 Jessie Donovan (P)2017 Mythical Lake Press, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By cheri on 10-31-17

The Barren's new life

Listening to the audio of a book I couldn't wait to come out after reading the book. It was all I hoped and more! Thank you, Jessie Donovan, for this wonderful story of love for those who didn't think they could ever have it. I admit I wasn't so sympathetic to Thorin until I read his story. Can't tell you why you'll have to find out for yourself.

Vala is a Barren. Literally a labeled class of women who could not bear children, an imperative in their society. They were marked-yes, an actual tattoo on their forehead that identified them to all. No man would ever marry one of them. Vala had an invitation to a new society on a world who could give her chances she'd never have in her own world.

Thorin is the General in charge of the transport ship Vala is traveling to her new life. She is assigned to tend to his needs. Although some Barren did more than clean the room, Vala did not. The happening that brought the two together was pure genius. The author made the situation so strong. The choices were no choices at all. It forced them together. Enough said.

Learning about the man, having sexual feelings is new to Vala. Can she succumb? When trouble shows can he protect this woman who draws him? The danger is worse because he doesn't know the source.

The storyline is compelling. The characters captivating. The steam all-consuming. The secrets critical. Plan to sit back and enjoy listening start to finish. Putting it down is going to be as hard as solving their problems.

While addicted to the author's dragons, this series has my heart as well. I want these people living such constricted lives to find freedom and love. My message to Ms. Donovan, More, please.
The Narrators brought, even more, life to the characters and were all I could have hoped.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Athina on 01-28-18

Loved it!

I am a fan of the author and she does not disappoint. The plot was engaging and the narrator does a great job. I am looking forward to the next book.

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