Sci-Fi Romance / GLBT
Released: September 2010
Trying to escape his dark past, Riv joins ReliefCorp, running supplies to settlers in war ravaged areas. While on a run on Maltana, he stops at an out of the way bar, hoping for a decent meal and a place to rest for the night. What he doesn't expect to find is a man bent over the piano, flinching at everyone who gets too close, unable to say a word. Unexplicably drawn to the man, Riv offers a ride to the closest town for help.
What he doesn't know is the sheer amount of torture Ducks not only went through physically, but mentally as well. By the time they arrive in town, a tentative relationship has started between the two men, but Riv knows Ducks needs more help than he's able to give.
Months later, Riv and Ducks cross paths once again, and the budding relationship started on Maltana blooms into life. But the loss of Ducks' voice still stands between them. Can Riv finally put the demons of his past to rest and help Ducks, or will it tear them apart forever?
This was a very nice male/male love story. The characters developed a friendship that soon turned into a budding, if awkward, romance. The torture poor Ducks endured was horrible (although they didn't go into any gory detail), and I was anguished at the loss of his voice. It was great to see how Riv was there for him and just by being there, helped pull Ducks out of his shell (so to speak). The worldbuilding was very nicely executed, and the supporting characters had strong voices of their own. Anyone who wants to try a male/male love story but is a bit apprehensive should give this book a try. It's a great story for getting your feet wet on a same sex relationship story.
Carla gives this book a