When Lucinda Farrell is found guilty of a crime she didn't commit, she's resigned to her fate. It's either stay on a dying Earth or travel through the galaxy to the new world of Solitaire to complete her three-year sentence. Many claim the space bucket, Earth Ship Siren, won't make the long twelve-month journey and are almost proven right when a micro-meteor shower hits and cripples one of the three ships heading to Solitaire.
As pilot of the ES Siren, Jarred Cooper has never been short of female admirers. But he's got a secret he holds close to his chest—literally. Letting go of his past has never been so difficult when he's yet to find a woman who makes his breath catch and his heart beat fast. He knows love at first sight doesn't exist. Then he glimpses the beautiful prisoner, Lucinda.
But when overcrowding and rationing of food become serious issues, getting her to understand they can make things work, despite his past and their huge social divide, just might be the biggest hurdle of them all.
Lucinda was sentenced to three years imprisonment but had done nothing wrong, in fact her only crime was in refusing to sleep with a dirty old man! The problem with that was he had money and power and didn't take lightly to her snubbing him and now here she is in space working her hands to the bone in the ships laundry. It's a harsh life but there's one consolation and that's the ships pilot, Jarrod; he seems to see her as more than a criminal and Lucinda spends many nights fantasizing about him.
Jarrod is intrigued by the lovely Lucinda but has no plans to force her into anything. In fact, Jarrod could have any woman he wants but has deliberately remained celibate. He does not care about Lucinda’s past and feels ready to act on his feelings for her but he has secrets of his own and there's a shadow hanging over him. Two passionate people caught in a dangerous situation, can their so very different worlds collide or are they doomed before they begin?
I love this series and this couple is just so yummy! The class divide is something that has underpinned all these stories but has never been as obvious until now. Jarrod is quite possibly the most important person on the ship so his interest in a prisoner working in the laundry is bound to raise a few eyebrows. Although what Jarrod had not anticipated was just how Lucinda would react. It's going to be a bumpy ride but, hey ho, Jarrod is used to steering a difficult course!
These stories are such fun and it's great to see characters reappear. I'd recommend starting at the beginning, of course, but each story does work as a standalone romance.