This is the eleventh (!!!) book in this series and it’s not getting old yet. So much world building has gone on that it’s like visiting a favorite location when another book is released. While the author spins a tale of love and romance for the couple that is the focus of the book, she also checks in with the previous couples in books and we get to see how they are faring; always appreciated.
The real gem is the story that weaves through all the books and binds them together. The omnipotent goddess that the Kindred revere and the evil that is always trying to do harm however it can. I particularly liked the characters of Garron and Tess. Both are survivors of abuse and have an immediate understanding that goes beyond the traditional Kindred call to his perfect mate.
Garron and Tess have a lot against them, including themselves at times. The slow seduction that takes place goes both ways, since Garron is probably the more sexually sheltered of the two. When things culminate with Tess’s ex, it was pretty extreme and graphic, and I’m not ashamed to say I enjoyed it immensely. The author really drew me in and had me on the edge of my seat; it paid off big. A must read.
This book travels to the edges of the galaxy as well as staying on Earth. A new kind of Kindred is introduced and is very intriguing with the background the author provided. I can’t wait for the next book.
Tess Hughes is on the run from her abusive ex-husband. The problem is, he’s a detective and there’s no place on Earth he can’t find her. Solution? Hide somewhere that’s not on Earth—the Kindred Mother Ship. That’s how she winds up posing as Pairing Puppet—one of the robotic mistresses that service the Unmated Males of the Kindred who need a little sexual stress release from time to time. Of course, Tess never actually performs a Pairing Puppet’s duties—she hides every time a new ‘customer’ comes in. But then she gets caught out in the open…at exactly the wrong time.
Garron of the Rai’ku Kindred has a dragon sized problem and it’s living right inside of him. His dr’gin, the ravenous beast that lives inside every Rai’ku male, is trying to get out. Problem is, if Garron lets it escape, it will eat the first person it sees. He’s burning with need and the more his desire grows, the greater the danger to those around him. Desperate to quench his smoldering desire and keep his dr’gin contained, he goes to the Pairing House…and chooses Tess.
Now the two of them are on the run. Expelled from the Mother Ship, Tess is once again menaced by her abusive ex who will stop at nothing to get her back. Garron has sworn to protect her but the beast inside him is more dangerous than any outside threat could be.
Can Garron protect Tess from the man who has sworn to destroy her without letting the beast inside him run free? If not, she will surely be…Devoured.