Desert Isle Keeper
If you are a reader who has disliked science fiction or paranormal romances or never tried one, I would highly recommend this book to change your mind, or get you hooked for good on them! It’s definitely a book I’d take to a deserted isle.
The heroine, Cidra de Arr, comes from a planet populated with telepaths and empaths. In fact, her people’s powers are so strong that negative emotions such as violence or hate can send them into unconsciousness because of the mental pain they experience. All of the population practices mental exercises to maintain serenity and inner peace. Cidra’s parents and the man she hopes to marry are telepaths; Cidra is not. Although she has never been ostracized for her lack of powers, she has always felt left out and alone.
Cidra’s people very rarely leave their home planet because of the effects strong emotions have on them, and her parents cannot understand why Cidra would choose to leave. Cidra is an historian and believes that she has found an artifact which may give her telepathic powers. With this artifact, she can return to her planet as a full telepath and marry the man she believes she loves. Cidra leaves her planet and begins to search for a pilot and a ship. Who she finds is Teague Severance – a trader pilot with some demons of his own and a shady past. Perhaps not the most original hero, but JAK pulls the reader into the story so fast, you never have time to notice. Teague is planning to drop off his shipment, relax, and then move on to another planet when Cidra approaches him.
Their initial meeting sets the stage for the rest of the story perfectly. The sparks fly from the very beginning, and neither one wants to like the other, much less admit to any attraction. JAK does an incredible job with the setting of this story. The reader never feels like the background; the planets, the ships, etc., are cardboard cut-outs with no substance. Each description has a purpose and they all fit together seamlessly into the plot of this story.
The interaction between Cidra and Teague has always reminded me of Leia and Han Solo from Star Wars. They bicker back and forth, but there are layers of sexual tension underneath. In addition to some excellent love scenes, the tension between these two characters is the best I’ve ever read.
Teague is a tortured hero, but this is not a dark story. Both of the characters change for the better the longer they are together. JAK transitions the changes perfectly. They happen gradually and the reader can watch it happen.
This is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read and the story includes a little bit of everything, even a pet “rug” named Fred. Enjoy!