A frustrated spaceship captain, her trusty second-in-command, and a handsome alien prove that three is definitely not a crowd.
Spaceship captain Lux Moyans is currently piloting missions for The Company. When her second-in-command, Kol Frega, informs her they’ve been ordered to Kithra, she’s furious. A year on an uninhabitable planet? She’ll only be flying supply missions! But her ship — Kol’s design — is the only one that can withstand the planet’s gases…and Lux is one of the few pilots with the skill to navigate the debris fields resulting from the explosions that killed most of the planet’s Gwinarian race.
Kol is the engineer who learned to manipulate the indestructible metal on Kithra, and he and a surviving Gwinarian will be her only company on planet. When they pick up Egan Lothbrun, Lux knows there will be trouble. She’s already attracted to Kol and she doesn’t need another man to arouse her either mentally or physically. Lux doesn’t want or need the complications that emotions bring. Yet, when she learns Kol and Egan share a painful past, she realizes getting Kithra livable won’t be her only challenge.
Keeping her heart intact might be harder.
The story: the blurb says it all.
Despite the shortness of the story, the world building and character’s backgrounds are, though not fully, pretty well-drawn. Still, it is like a chamber drama, with only three characters, and very limited scenery.
I would love to read more about the fantasy world, and to know more about the personalities of the characters.
The first person point-of-view of Lux also narrows the possibility to be engaged with the male characters.
Though Lux, Kol, and Egan are equal partners in this relationship, I felt Kol and Egan’s story more pronounced because of their common past, common loss, and the mystery surrounding the nature of their relationship.
It’s more a romance than a steamy erotic story: I expected more erotica, but I really enjoyed the culinary pleasures.
Interesting, romantic story with the appropriate amount of drama. Too bad it’s too short.
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