“There may be hope for the universe yet.”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌎
Character development: 😳☺️🤫😍
The heroine: Abbey – she works as a scientist in the vegetation dome on an asteroid mining station called Fortuna Tau. She grows most of the food eaten on the station. She hates it, but in the 24th century, jobs are scarce on earth and in order to get one, people have to work off world for years before they are able to work on earth.
The Hero: Tarak – a Kordolian General who comes to the mining station after his ship is damaged in a firefight with the Xargek. The Kordolian are feared throughout the universe as they are known to travel the nine galaxies enforcing their rule. Though they have ignored Earth till now.
The Story: While on Fortuna Tau for repairs to his ship Tarak is suffering from a severe headache and finds from his medical officer that he needs to mate. Though inter species mating is not allowed. His headache seems to abate when he is talking to Abbey and when she is injured when fleeing one of the Xargek which infiltrated the station, he decides to take her with him.
Abbey finds herself the only human in an alien station above a planet where humans are seen as little more than slaves and when the leaders of the dying populace find that humans have similar DNA, they see her as a perfect guinea pig. However, the Tarak is the leader of the Kordolian forces and is not afraid to go after what he wants.
The book was told in dual POV and by two narrators, Todd McClaren and Jillian Macie. Both narrators did a great job and I enjoyed listening to this one. It was quite steamy and had a good story, though the romance could have been a bit better. I wanted Abbey and Tarak to get to know each other better.
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