We were quiet a long time and then he said, “I love you.”
I wondered if I’d misunderstood him. The discomfort of the idea must have shown on my face because he added, “I don’t mean I love you that way. Not like I love Ross. Not like you love Harker. I mean, I care about you, Nick. You’re my friend. With all the things that are happening in the world, shouldn’t it be okay? Just to say I love you?”
“Yes, it should be okay.”
And it was.
Some great new characters and relationships here. But damn the heart.
This was a fun, action-packed, sexy, romantic, delightful read! Recommended on Twitter by Bree, one half of the Kit Rocha writing team, it seemed this was the book EVERYONE in Romancelandia was reading last week. :) I had a bit of a worry at the back of my mind that this could be another case of me hating a romance that everyone else was head over heals for (ie: The Bollywood Bride), but quite happily, I loved it!
So it's a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, hints of fantasy book, peopled with a truly diverse cast of characters. Two nations, very different in most ways, one a very technical, almost robotic type of nation and the other more future-medievalish. The heroine is a trained assassin from the former and MAN, is she one helluva badass! The hero is the brother to the leader of the latter, the general of her armies and he's pretty damned badass himself!
Not only is there all the action part of the story - plots, wars, fights, murders, espionage, escapes etc...; there is also the theme of consent and equality and possession and justice for everyone that runs through it. And you're not getting lectured, thank God, 'cause I'd have DNFed it right away had I felt I was being lectured, it's just the tale of these civilisations in the beginning of a period of upheaval being told.
It was a great story, peopled with endearing characters, a tale of love and soulmates (which I don't normally go for, yet, it worked for me here) as well as friendships and found families and I totally enjoyed it! Looking forward to the next book!
Liam loves his life as a linguist and trader on the Rownt homeworld, but he has ignored his heart and sexual needs for years. After escaping the horrors of war, he wants a boring life. He won't risk letting anyone come too close because he won't risk letting anyone see his deeply submissive nature. For him, submission comes with pain. Life burned that lesson into his soul from a young age.
This fear keeps him from noticing that the Rownt trader Ondry cares for him. Ondry may not understand humans, but he recognizes a wounded soul, and his need to protect Liam is quickly outpacing his common sense. They may have laws, culture, and incompatible genitalia in their way, but Ondry knows that he can find a way to overcome all that if he can just overcome the ghosts of Liam's past. Only then can he take possession of a man he has grown to respect.
This book has been recommended a lot but I wasn't sure. However, I read it and really liked it,.
The world and culture building are very good. Liam is a wounded, smart, and wonderful hero. Ondry turns out to be pretty amazing as well.
The details of Liam's submissive nature woven in with the culture of this alien world are well done and engaging.
Even though they have very different bodies, our heroes are able to connect in all sorts of powerful ways.
The plot is good and the love story a slow burn that is worth the wait. And yes, there is tail sex but really if you had a tail???
I am sad that the next books in the series stay with this same couple. I like to leave them fully happy and would love to see another couple but this is a good book and I really enjoyed it.