$16.99 trade paperback
Released: September 2009
When Ariel is kidnapped from Earth, she's shocked to learn of the existance of aliens. What's worse is, after deeming her useless for breeding purposes, she learns she's to be given away as a prize to one of the slaves. Forced to watch as the slaves known as the Zorn fight to the death for her, she's terrified, thinking she'll soon be joining the losers in death.
When Ral wins the fight, and also the beautiful but petite woman, he's thrilled. Although she's nothing like the women of his species, there's something about her that calls to him. Determined to keep her forever, he bonds with her, which keeps her safe from his kin.
Ariel's not sure what to think of her new master. She's seen him kill to protect her, yet he's never harmed a hair on her head, and has treated her like a queen. Despite herself, she finds herself falling for him. When the chance for escape comes, she must decide whether to take her chances alone to find her way back home, or trust in the one man she's learned to care for.
Ariel freaks when she's captured and given to another slave, one that stands over a foot taller than her, with dark skin and razor sharp teeth. But despite what Ral looks like, he's nothing but gentle with her. Although she desperately wants to go home, she finds herself thinking that being with Ral is like being home, and that scares the spit out of her. Ral was a mighty warrior on his planet before he was taken, and he's determined to get back there again, one way or another. But he refuses to go anywhere without Ariel by his side.
This was a very sweet love story about two people from two different species overcoming several hurdles for the chance to be together. The one problem I had was that some of the issues they faced seemed to get resolved too easily. I would have loved to see more of a struggle, both with the plot and with the characters. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading the story.
Carla gives this book a