Beyond the Shadows
Berkley, May 2010, $15.00
Commander Yara heads to home be queen of Azra. She does not want the Azralen throne, but is taking it in hopes of preventing a civil war from breaking out.
Used to manipulating women like he had with his sister Azralen Captain Cyani (see Beyond the Rain) until she found love with a Byralen sex slave, rebel Cyn hates the ruling family. To keep the future monarch from preventing the war, he kidnaps the soon to be queen, taking her on to his ship. To his chagrin he is attracted to her although he cannot fathom why as she is obstinate and demanding. She is attracted to the rebel, but has not lost sight of the fact he has betrayed her and interfered with her peace mission.
The second “Beyond” thriller is loaded with action, action and more action; that in many ways is too much as it somewhat detracts from the romantic subplot especially missing Cyn’s sacrificial Tales of two Cities values. Still filled with excitement and adventure, readers who relish a high octane science fiction romance will want to ride with Yara and Cyn as she wants to prevent a war and he wants to ignite a war.