by: Alexis Morgan
$7.99 mass market paperback
Pocket Star Books
Released: April 2011
Larem is a Kalith warrior caught on Earth. Due to the actions of a fellow Kalith, he faces a death sentence should he ever try to return home. He's trying to fit in among the Paladins, but it's hard when he faces nothing but contempt and hatred from most of them. Still, he's trying, and honing his healer abilities at the local animal shelter.
Sasha is the daughter of a Regent, which is the governing board of the Paladins. She's determind to gain her own Regent position in Seattle, but first has the daunting task of cleaning up the mess her predecessor left behind. The first thing she plans to investigate are the rumors that the Kalith are living openly among the Paladins.
Once she meets Larem, she's drawn to him both as a warrior and a person. She realizes he's not so different from them after all. But when someone starts trying to kill her because of her association with Larem, she must make a choice--stay with her hunky warrior and possibly lose her life, or give up her once chance at happiness.
I didn't expect Larem to get his own story, but it was a nice surprise. It's hard watching Larem try to fit in when everyone around him considers him the enemy. Sasha knows that by being attracted to Larem she's endangering her chances to become the next Regent, but she can't bring herself to care when she realizes Larem's no different than she is. He's just trying to make his way in a strange and hostile environment. The character interaction in these stories is great, and the love scenes are hot. I feel I should mention that reading the books all in a row like I just did, you can see several similarities in the sex scenes, but they're still smoking hot regardless. The series idea is great, and I eagerly plowed my way through books 1-6 to get caught up in time for #7 and 8 to come out.
Carla gives this book a