This book was truly exceptional. Truly.
Arianna lives on a space station where her father is the stationmaster. She keeps to herself and spends most of her time in her vast living quarters where she tends to her plants and trees that she has come to see as her children.
When Arianna’s father gifts her a slave woman that he has just been captured from a pirate ship, she is overwhelmed with 1. sharing her space that has always been her solitude and 2. her growing attraction to the slave. Arianna begins to rely on her slave and the simple life they share is one to be admired. But when Arianna’s life is tipped on its axis will she be able to keep the woman she loves? Or will she, like everything in Arianna’s life, be taken away?
What a truly wonderful story. Beautiful actually. It’s written solely from Arianna’s point of view, which I’m not normally keen on but I understood why Roslyn Sinclair wrote it in such a way, as it gave much more angst by not having both protagonists thought processes. This being said, the character of Slave/Assistant was so forthright that it was never an area where I was left wondering. I actually think it would ruin the big surprise for the reader if they read her POV.
Assistant, who is actually the slave, but Arianna doesn’t believe in having slaves, so she calls her Assistant, instantly changing the dynamic of there relationship to a more equal footing. Assistant is formidable, strong and incredibly sexy. She has the ice queen/ older woman trope down to a tee and this reviewer was more than a little fond of her character. She’s also the complete opposite of young, quiet and shy Arianna, who just wants to please her.
The sex between these two is uber hot. I was not expecting it to be as erotic as what it was but oh my, it made me happy. It was very sexy indeed.
My favourite part was definitely the last few chapters, including the epilogue. It just filled my heart with so much more love for these characters. I’m secretly praying for a sequel because damn, I want more
I don’t normally pick up sci-fi novels but this one was worth every second of reading it. I really would recommend this to any romance lovers, sci-fi or otherwise.
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