Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Humans have an uneasy relationship with the aliens in their part of space, and Tom hopes that his ship never sees another war. Other than that, he has few ambitions. He’s given up on finding a strong woman who will indulge his need to be dominated, especially since he tends to intimidate everyone. That’s part of his job as a security officer.
However one of his crew is alien, and Da’shay’s seems intent on pursuing Tom. She’s aggressive, which Tom appreciates in a woman, but he doesn’t know if he can trust her. When an undercover operation sends them deep into slavery territory, Tom is captured and he must trust Da’shay or lose his life.
As the danger deepens, Tom begins to realize that Da’shay is more than just their eccentric pilot. He fears his lust is leading him astray, but he can’t help but wonder if Da’shay is the Dominant he’s been seeking—someone who will trust him to shoot the enemy during the day and tie him to a bunk at night.
Note:This book was previously released by another publishing company. It’s been substantially revised and re-edited for this releases.
Review: I had a really hard time getting into this book. I started reading several times and just couldn’t find the hook that keeps me focused on a story. Then one day I just started from the beginning and kept reading…and there it was, the hook. It wasn’t the world or the male protagonist, it was the female protagonist, Da’shay that finally hooked me. She’s an alien, mostly Genta with some human in the mix, her skin is blue-ish, she has long black hair is stronger than a human and very beautiful…but something is wrong with her. She has a great deal of trouble communicating with her human crew mates on the Kratos, tending to talk about colors, using metaphors that no one understands.
And we have our male MC, Tom. Tom isn’t the smartest main character you will ever encounter, in fact, he is pretty uneducated, stating at one point that there were only about three schools on his home planet. But, he’s a weapons expert, the Gunnery Sergeant for the Kratos, and totally loyal to his captain and crew mates, with one exception…Da’shay. He doesn’t like her and thinks she’s up to something.
That changes when he and Captain Ramsay are captured on a slave planet controlled mostly by Genta and slave traders. Captain Ramsay manages to escape with Da’shay’s help, but the only way Da’shay can save Tom is by claiming him as a slave. And this is where the book gets really interesting and where I need to stop talking about the story before I start giving up too many spoilers.
I came very close to giving this book 5 stars, but didn’t because I wanted a lot more backstory from Da’shay. There were many unanswered questions about her past that seemed to leave the story a little incomplete. And I wished that Tom or one of thee other characters had deciphered more of her metaphors and color references. Da’shay was an intriguing character, and I just wanted to know more and never did. The beginning of the book was a little slow and fairly hard to follow for a while. But once I found the rhythm of the story, it was a great read. The sex is fun and interesting. The BDSM elements of the story fit so well with the characters that it was actually kind of sweet.
The blurb is pretty misleading…Tom wasn’t “seeking” a dominant. He had a little bedroom kink, but he wasn’t looking for any sort of permanent connection, another reason why I stayed with 4 stars. Overall. A good read if you like strange and interesting worlds, blue skinned aliens and fun sex.