New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall brings readers the first novel in a thrilling new sci-fi series full of action, intrigue, humor, and romance.
Taelon searches the galaxy for his younger sister, who mysteriously disappeared while on a diplomatic mission. When an ally reveals that she was seized and is being held prisoner on Earth, Taelon descends upon the blue planet, intent on freeing her and exacting vengeance. However, all does not go as planned. Before he can find her, Taelon is captured and becomes the subject of torturous experiments. For what feels like an eternity, all he knows is pain and fury... until a mind tentatively touches his own and a woman's voice forever changes his world.
After suffering tragic losses, Lisa is finally beginning to carve out a future for herself when chance sends her to the Anomalous Cognition Research Institute. What at first appears to be a benign organization seeking participants for a psychic study instead turns out to be a government facility harboring a much darker intent. Lisa discovers this too late and soon becomes the unwilling subject of a terrifying experiment. Just as fear and desperation threaten to consume her, a deep, compelling voice penetrates the looming insanity and lends her hope.
Having seen only the worst of humanity, Taelon is shocked when Lisa risks everything to free him. Together the two make their escape, and Taelon finds himself fascinated by the small human woman who—despite all she's suffered—can still laugh and tease and lure smiles from him. Friendship swiftly grows between them as they work together to evade soldiers intent on capturing them and find themselves hunted by mystifying preternatural beings. Through it all, Lisa steadfastly remains by his side, stealing more of his heart each day while she helps him unravel the mystery of his sister's fate. Can they find his sister before the hunters find them? If they survive their quest, will Taelon have to bid Lisa farewell... or can he coax her into leaving her planet and joining him for the adventure of a lifetime?
"Full of adventures, sizzling passion, romance and yes kick‐ass fighting. This book is simply captivating to the point that I devoured it in one seating."
"Intense, addictive and brilliant . . . I want more and frankly; I want it now."
"Dianne Duvall once again weaves her magic giving us a tale filled with excitement, romance and introducing us to new friends in a galaxy far away. Everything about this story was amazing."
"I can't express enough how gripping this story was. This could be a movie!"
—Obsessive Reading Disorder
"I loved Taelon and Lisa. I loved their back story and their bond. I loved the direction the new series is taking."
—From the TBR Pile
"I definitely can't wait for more. It was so worth the wait!! . . . Full of action and a sweet unusual love story."
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(I'll preface this by mentioning that Taelon has suffered injuries that make speaking painful,
so in this scene he is communicating with Lisa telepathically.)
"Is this really what you look like?" The words barely emerged a whisper. "Or is this the illusion?" Lisa desperately wanted this to be true.
This is really what I look like.
"It isn't another trick . . . like the monster?"
This is my true appearance. I may be able to project images into your mind and make you see something else, but I can't actually change my form. If you need confirmation, touch me.
Touch him where? He was riddled with wounds.
But she needed to know.
Reaching out, she tentatively rested a trembling hand on his shoulder. His skin was cool and bore a light coating of perspiration. She drew her hand down over his biceps.
His Adam's apple bobbed, and something Lisa couldn't identify flickered in his eyes.
"I'm sorry," she said, her voice hushed while the alarm continued to blare. "Did I hurt you?"
No. It's . . . You're the first person who has touched me—not with intent to harm, but with kindness—in a very long time.
His words broke her heart.
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