A woman, with a foul temper and her own spaceship, ends up an escort for a stunned ambassador. Her perfect mate.
Leo runs her ship with precision and an attitude shaped by pain. Gathering an ambassador in stasis, she is surprised to find his ability to match her innermost desires, and he is surprised to find that she wants him in his own form and not the one she craves.
Ambassador Wikkio is a Beholder. Born to a race that can change to match any other species right down to venom or scales, he is an ideal representative for races who are skittish around strangers. Meeting Govern surprises him. He had not thought to meet the woman of his dreams when he woke from cold sleep and never had he imaged that he would enjoy his woman sharpening her wit on his hide.
The Gold Fairy brought them together, and now, she is determined to keep them that way.
Yea! Such a great cranky heroine (she has good reason) with a cool shapeshifting hero.
This heroine really needs and deserves love so this romance is particularly compelling.
We also get a ship with a mind of her own. Fun!
Brilliant!! Loved this.
This book is still working through me. Some books will do that to me. They'll keep me thinking about it. So as a review I'll just leave some amazing quotes here;
Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is be honest with yourself about who you are and who you love.
Sometimes some people are bad for us. And Seth was toxic for Hiroku.
"There’s no air in the room when you’re around, no space in my mind for my own thoughts or will. You make me hate myself. And if you really love me as much as you say you do, why would you want that for me?”
~~ Hiroku about Seth
The two dragons inside me are always battling. One wants darkness and pain; the other wants goodness and light.
Wren takes care of those around her, but will a bunch of Guardians be more than she can keep in fighting shape?
Wren has been a caretaker for all her adult life. The offer to take up a new life in the stars comes as part of her career comes to a sad end.
They ask her to change her DNA, she does. They ask her to engage in combat training, she does. They ask her to channel the new talent that roars through her bloodstream, she focuses. If they had asked her if she was willing to mate with a stranger, she would have considered it.
Drovin has been waiting for the day when his mate would arrive on his world. He knows what she looks like and who she is, but her personality is a mystery. Binding them together before she arrived was his idea, but it might have been an incorrect impulse when she can find all of his weaknesses in an instant.
Wren is a wonderful heroine who we get to see come into her own during this story. The fated mate romance is an interesting one and the world building is well done.