Marie Harte paints a vivid and exciting world in her Vrail series and this installation doesn't disappoint.
Although Temis rubbed me the wrong way with her initial scene interacting with Gren, she quickly proves that she's not as impulsive and headstrong as she first appears. As the story progresses, she is clearly shown to be an intelligent, dedicated peacemaker. Gren was fascinating from the outset, both his background and his natural power and charisma making for a mesmerizing character. The world is both well-depicted in that nothing is jarring but that the universe isn't just another Earth and space clone.
I enjoyed seeing Gren and Temis learn to work with each other and test each other's boundaries in both their mission and their relationship. Harte also brings in secondary characters that shine. Rafe and Sernal and the other clearly featured in the story and their friendship with Gren was a good addition to the story. I'd be interested in picking up the other books in the series and reading more of this series if and when they come out.
A mysterious mercenary meets his match in a sexy peacekeeper with something to prove.
Temis has spent years working hard to be taken seriously as a peacemaker, battling her beauty and prejudices in a male dominated field. She'll be damned if she'll let a mercenary murderer and thief ruin her shot at solving an important case. But Gren is no ordinary man, as their undercover mission proves all too well. He's not just a mystical warrior, but a lover who's put her under his spell.
When the job is over, can she say good-bye, or will she give up what she's worked so hard to earn, all for a love in the stars?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of voyeurism.
Publisher Note: This book was previously released at another publisher. It has been extensively revised and re-edited for release with Total-E-Bound.