On a future Earth, 38-yr-old single mom Jennifer Montgomery has resigned herself to making do, living her life solely to raise daughter Lila, and abandoning any thoughts of personal or career happiness. But Jennifer's narrow world blows apart as the spoiled Lila turns 18 and disappears, presumably to another planet. She'll do anything to get her back, even attacking a Terran Station official for information on her daughter's whereabouts.
Enter Siril, Zelthrane3's most notorious warrior and defender, battle scarred and missing a few body parts, but intrigued by the hotheaded Jennifer, whom he offers his help in finding Lila only on the condition Jennifer accepts him as a mate.
While it's a bit sad to think women will still have these struggles x-number of decades into the future, the parental instinct will never die. The heartbreak and frustration Jennifer feels at the loss of her daughter is completely relatable. Putting herself last is another all-too familiar theme of parenthood, and it is nice to see Jennifer gradually let go, give in to the advances of Siril and accept pleasure for herself. Also a nice change, the noble Siril comes across as sexy and desirable in spite of his age, battle scars and prosthetic parts. (This reader could do nicely with a Siril on the scene!)
However, as the two grow closer (and engage in some unconventional sex that will get your hormones firing on all thrusters), we are left wondering what has become of Lila. Told in beautifully simple language, you will have to read this story for yourself to find out. But seeing Jennifer find lasting love along the journey to finding her only child is happy ending enough for any reader, no matter which planet you read it on!