My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For a lot of the time period of this book we’re going over old ground but this time we see it from Vorian and Beau’s perspective.
It was interesting to get a different view of what was going on in Kaelum’s book (not as much with Jax/Wesley’s) but it did mean that for the first half of the book, the only new thing happening was the burgeoning romance.
Fortunately, that was enough for me to not care because Vorian and Beau were so desperately right for each other. They’ve both been treated as disposable objects, have had little support, encouragement or kindness in their lives.
So when they meet on Crux’s ship after Beau’s been beamed up from Earth, the situation is ripe for them to find a soulmate. And I very much appreciated the slow nature of their relationship, it’s not all instant chemistry and big lusty thoughts.
They connect through acts of compassion, Beau sees Vorian as something other than the bastard child of the disliked Crux, the half-brother of Kaelum that no-one wanted, the Queen’s child – but one born from an act of violence.
My heart hurt for Vorian so much. He is nothing like the character we were given a perspective for in Book One. He is steadfast, faithful, conflicted and – ultimately – a Thorizan halfbreed who will help remove the danger his father presents to all.
Beau is a sweetheart, he’s had a rough time of it and just wants to find a home and in the strange alien ways of Thorzan he does just that.
I loved Kenosi throughout this book too, and I really hope we might get back to this series and find out if he also finds his own eight-foot blue-skinned warrior to love!
#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review