Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 2
They say no good deed ever goes unpunished, a sentiment Dara understands fully now that she is paying for a crime she didn't commit. It was stupid to call in a murder she didn't really see. But how could Dara have kept silent? Now a stunning -- scratch that, a dangerous -- man with a frightening secret of his own is telling her he can help. Yeah, right. A telepath knows better than to trust mere words.
The last decade of Tristan's life has been penance. All that time spent among the worst dregs of society might have made him begin to question his humanity, but he’s never felt so much like an animal as he does around this timid, delicate female. Her very presence stirs the beast within him; Tristan can feel it growing stronger every day. Any more time with Dara, and it might overpower him completely. But without her, he stands no chance at all...
Dara is being sent to prison on a planet light years away from Earth called New Alaska. The former librarian was headed to a prison cell block where the worst types of criminals are sequestered. Her trial sentencing left her wishing for an execution instead of an extended prison stay especially when she is oriented to the ways and people of New Alaska. Her uncontrolled telepathic abilities will only make it worse, but upon meeting her new cellmate, she can't let go of the instinct that he was going to be her salvation... her hero.
Tristan has spent the last decade in prison for murder, but a genetic mutation has landed him as a prison lab rat. The side effects include bursts of rage, changes to his physical attributes, and unbelievable strength that can only be matched by his telepathic abilities. As fate would have it, the unexpected arrival of a female cellmate makes the beast inside him come roaring to the surface. He begins to question his humanity now more than ever, but can't bring himself to let her go.
Ms. Donnelly did an amazing job world building and crafting a story that takes us to a bold future with an even bolder romance. I honestly can't express how much this book affected me. The synopsis was intriguing enough, but the story turned out to be much more than I expected. Tristan and Dara are each others greatest strength and weakness. Before their meeting I believe they just sort of existed, never actually living. Although Tristan was more than capable of protecting Dara from any threat be it physical or mental, he couldn't overcome his fear that he might be the one to unintentionally hurt her. Dara on the other hand, was afraid that she wouldn't be telepathically strong enough to reclaim her life. Always having to rely on Tristan to come to her rescue when she has always led an independent life. Their fears ultimately separate them and the journey back becomes deadly as danger looms in many forms. They essentially create their own world, accessible only through their telepathic link where they could be together even while light years apart. Their telepathic bonding added an emotional depth to the story and created a beautiful word-painting.
I cried towards the end and not just because of the intense, anticlimactic emotional scenes between Dara and Tristan, but also because I didn't want it to end. I think they just might have stolen the lead in my favorite fictional couples list. It would also help to point out that Dara best describes Tristan as, “...the most amazing, frustrating, incredibly intense and fantastically hot man on the planet.” I couldn't agree more with that depiction.
Recommended reading for fans of... well I think Ms. Donnelly wrote it best, “... at the core was the tale of a man and woman, a chance meeting, and a fated love that overcame all adversity.”
5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!