Jewel has run away from home, trying to escape the life she once knew. Not only does she have to avoid her family, but she also has to keep her identity a secret from all around her. If anyone finds out who she is she would be in danger. She does not want to be sent back to her old life and she certainly does not want to be paired into her arranged marriage.

Veronica Tower is a great writer. Yet, there are some reasons I won’t be reading this book again. First, while there were many creative elements, at times the thorough descriptions took away from the story line. Erik and Jewels relationship does not seem very deep. He tells her when they are first together that he needs her so badly. Yet she immediately finds out that he has been with many other women in the crew. I thought the beginning of the story was very promising but as it went along the attention getting moments became fewer. If you are into science fiction romance this book is a good read.

Book Blurb for Jewel

Jewel’s family fortune is entirely dependent on the continuation of a multitrillion-dollar business relationship—a relationship to be cemented by an arranged marriage to Kole Delling, a man Jewel has no reason to love. Desperate to secure her freedom, Jewel joins the crew of the tramp freighter Euripides and passes her time on the outskirts of the Fringe and in the arms of Erik Gunnarson.

Erik calls to Jewel in every way that Kole doesn’t. An honest worker scratching out a living, he may be a little rough around the edges but there’s no question how much he wants Jewel—in his bed, against the bulkhead or in the shower. He can’t get enough of her, and he’s not too frigid to admit it. With Erik at her side, Jewel finds it easy to forget the opulence of her home world and the advantages of her birth.

But an accidental discovery near an abandoned planet threatens Jewel’s newly found freedom. Driven by greed, the crew of the Euripides is taking an awful risk, one that could jeopardize not only Jewel’s freedom but the lives of every crewmember on board—including hers.

A Romantica® science fiction erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2013 3.00