Taken from the only family she has ever known on planet Vaaden, and forced into slavery as a young girl, Rena has no knowledge of her human origins. Given as a gift to a Zelthranite officer, her damaged body incites only pity from Commander Ryx, who in turn charges his lieutenant Beren with her safekeeping. Having long abandoned any hope of a suitable mate, the battle-scarred and disfigured Beren soon finds a kindred spirit in the fragile and mistreated Rena. Can two damaged souls of vastly different species find beauty and healing beyond their beastly exteriors?
I was delighted to discover that this story is a continuation of an earlier-reviewed installment of this series, Jennifer and the Alien Badass. Jennifer and Siril's relationship lay the groundwork for this saga, and happily make a reappearance near the end of this book. Again I am struck by the juxtaposition of futuristic high tech vs age-old human struggles; unthinkable that slavery should still exist in societies advanced enough for space travel, but there it is. I guess some things take longer to transcend above than others. The writing itself is straightforward and easy to read but by the same token lacks inspiration or interesting vocabulary. In spite of that, I love this series for its exploration of the not-so-perfect hero and heroine, whose physical deformities affect but do not define them, and allow them the pursuit of love, happiness, and a hopeful future.
Equally enjoyable is the gentle but steadily growing attraction between Beren and Rena, their progression from strangers to lovers happening in a sweet and natural way, yet leading to Nova-magnitude hot sex--several times! If you're looking for alien encounters of the sexy kind', this book will definitely get your ticket on the rocket to interspecies intimacy punched and validated!!