He must choose – her life – or his freedom.
Tam is brutal. Hard. Uncompromising. Resigned to a lifetime alone. Until he finds a woman frozen in space, suffering from a deadly disease. There’s only one way to save her – to Bond her to him for life with his mind, his body, and his serum.
She must choose – her people – or his love.
When her planet is invaded by alien slavers, Nissa launches into space in a cryo-pod in a desperate search for help. Tam may be her savior, but their future is not meant to be.
In a universe at war, Nissa and Tam battle their dangerous addiction and their own stubborn hearts. Their strange part-chemical, part-mystical Bonding brought them together – and just might be what tears them apart.
READER ADVISORY: Graphic sexual content and language. No fade to black here! Including one attempted attack on the heroine.
Review: Well Written, But Not For Me.
Nissa, queen-designate, flees her home world of Trian, hoping to find help for a people being invaded and slaughtered. Tam, an Argenti warrior of the Tribe, finds her adrift in space. A complication from cryo-sleep forces Tam into an agonizing moral choice: let her die, or bind her to him in a ritual she is unable to agree to.
Time has not been kind. Instead of a few years in space, Nissa and the other 99 refugees have been adrift for almost 500. The people they left behind on their once idyllic world have become completely unrecognizable as her species. Enslaved and tormented, they have become copies of the vicious Vestige. But Nissa, pressured heavily by her father the king, still feels duty-bound to serve them as their queen. This is a problem. She is mated to Tam in a biologically dependent union. How much of her feelings are real, and what is chemically induced? By the time she figures it out, will it be too late?
I, personally, had a problem with the addictive nature of the bonding. And with the fact that the frequency of the “fix” was well known and obvious to others. Tam shows little concern for her modesty or desire for privacy, instead acting like a smug drug pusher.
This is, of course, my opinion. Yours may be different. I still recommend this book for it’s story line and premise.