Ellora's Cave Publishing
Released: July 2010
Colonel Avar has been sent to the planet Antares to negotiate a treaty with the planet's inhabitants. Once there, he's given a unique gift—a kebara, a sexual slave trained to satisfy his every desire. But one taste of this exotic beauty, and he knows it will never be enough to whet his appetite for her.
Meraya is terrified when she learns she's been given to the alien Colonel, but knows she has no choice in the matter. It doesn't take her long to realize he's far better than any man she's ever known, and begins to fall head over heels for him.
There are those among the Antarens who don't want to see the treaty completed, and will do anything to stop it, include using Meraya. As the passion between the two ignites, they both must choose what's more important to them—their duties, or each other.
Erica Anderson did a great job with not only her world building, but the people that inhabit the world. In this world, the men have all the power, and the women are reduced to little more than living, breathing sex dolls. Colonel Avar learns this when Meraya is presented to him as a gift, and she has no say in the matter. He's instantly drawn to her. By treating her as a person instead of an object, he begins to draw her out of her shell, and learns things about the Antarens that is crucial to his role in forming a treaty. He's outraged at her treatment, and vows to help her in any way he can. But there are those that disagree with him, and are determined to get rid of the threat—namely, Meraya.
It's a great love story, an instantaneous clashing of souls that leaves the rest of the world in shatters at their feet. The story proves that love does conquer all, even the barriers of race and rank. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction, and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Carla gives this book a