Captain Leo Grady is making his third trip to Solitaire. He's spent five years in space and is ready for a change. Not wanting to go back to Earth, he's chosen to pay off on Solitaire. All he needs is a woman willing to be his wife. Given that women are heavily outnumbered on the fleet of first settlers he knows he can't sit around and wait. He has to act.
Vance Knox has been working with vet, Silke Rask, for the last six months. He fancies her, but refuses to do anything about it because he still has a twenty year sentence to serve. He has nothing to offer any lover and he expects nothing. He made his choices a long time ago. But it burns to see her getting closer to Grady.
Silke is torn between the sensible choice of Grady and the more dangerous attraction she has for Vance, but as secrets are revealed she realizes that she has to fight for what she wants. Not everyone on the ship is there because they earned their place, and old Earth money still has power.
When disaster strikes and threatens the lives of everyone on board she realizes that that sometimes no choice has to be made. Why should love have limits?
Silke is a veterinarian in charge of the animals onboard. She hadn't really planned to go into space but circumstances meant she had very little choice. She's kept her head down and got on with her work but her assistant, Vance (who happens to be a prisoner), looks at her in a way that leaves her no doubt he's interested. Silke doesn't want to ruin their friendship but when she realises Vance is not the only man interested in her, she's faced with a dilemma that takes her breath away.
Captain Leo Grady has decided to stop traveling backwards and forwards through space and join the settlers on the new planet but he doesn't want to spend his life alone and has been looking for the perfect partner. Leo believes Silke would make a perfect mate as she's intelligent, interesting, and above all else attractive but there's a fly in the soup! Leo has seen the way Silke and Vance look at each other but nothing ventured nothing gained.
Vance has spent many years in prison paying for a crime he doesn't regret but this is a new start and he is determined to do his best. Trying to study so he too can become a veterinarian, he's got a job he loves, but it may be taken away from him at any moment, so toeing the line is paramount. What makes his life harder are the feelings he harbors for Silke but his love for her is something he struggles to keep secret. When Leo starts coming round, Vance sees all too clearly why he is there but as a prisoner there's nothing Vance can say or is there?
Oo, so not what I expected. Ms Husk has delivered a really interesting story that tackles a dilemma. What would happen if you really couldn't decide between two completely different lovers? In a society that's truly unequal where the balance between the sexes tips heavily in favour of the males of the species, what would happen? I liked that this is first and foremost a romance and not just a ménage that's designed to titillate the reader. There are no gratuitous sex scenes just a believable solution to a very tricky problem. I loved that Vance owned his own sexuality and Leo's journey was not forced at all which made it far more believable. This is a beginning to what clearly could turn into a rock solid relationship that encompasses three people. Silke is a very lucky lady to be sure and I hope the authors writing this series allow the readers to catch up with these characters.