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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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This continued to hold my interest after the first in the series. The politics of the planets are very interesting and the plight of the various characters keeps you rooting for them and for change. Just not original enough or exciting enough to hit my favourites list.