Released: September 2010
All Lisia wants to do is go home, but fate seems to have other ideas. While stranded on the planet, she runs into the leader of the local Aridi pack. He scents her and decides she's his mate, and insists she stay with him. She's not very happy, because she was trying to hide her own Aridi heritage from her traveling companions. Although she finds Jarritt attractive, she doesn't want to be tied down to anyone, although the stubborn cat won't listen to reason.
Jarritt is instantly captivated by the beauty he sees, and knows she's his mate. Vowing to do anything he can to keep her there, he doesn't realize what a fight he'll have on his hands when he says it.
But wooing her will have to wait, because the area's been under attack by space pirates, and Jarritt must not only focus on keeping his clan safe, but his new mate, as well.
This story takes place on a different world, but ultimately it's a shifter story. After an incident on a space station, all of Lisia's ways home are blocked, so she turns to the United Defense Alliance for help. While on a planet, the leader of the pack claims her as a mate, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get her to agree. Lisia's never wanted a mate, and doesn't intend to start now. The problem is getting it through the thick Alpha's skull. The worldbuilding was pretty good, and it had a solid plot. I would have liked to see Lisia put up more of a fight with Jarritt, but overall, it was a pretty good read.
Carla gives this book a