Corporal Sienna Jade wasn't given a choice about joining the mission to Unity. Seen as a troublemaker after reporting an assault by a senior officer, the army wanted her gone. Sienna resents the army for assigning her to Earth Ship Siren, and suspects the fleet's Unity mission will fail. But others would do anything to escape Earth ...
Alex Tariel knew his only chance to get a place on ES Siren was as a prisoner, so he stole water rations. As a former construction foreman, his skills make him a valuable prisoner on board, but still a prisoner unable to control his own life. Instead of keeping his head down, he gets involved in the fights set up for gambling privilege tokens, the only currency aboard ship among the prisoners.
Getting patched up by Corporal Jade might be the best thing that's happened to Alex on the trip so far, but becoming her ship husband puts him between her and the lieutenant who tried to kill her for kicks on Earth. While Sienna tries to keep control of her feelings for Alex, Alex would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.
As ES Siren faces its first crisis, a little trust and love goes a long way
Sienna never really wanted to leave earth but when she got labeled as a trouble maker, she didn't really have a lot of choice. Now she's trapped for the next five years on a ship traveling to the distant planet Solitaire and to cap it all, her vicious ex is on board and worse still he's her superior! Sienna knows Kane has it in for her but she's trying hard to keep her head down and just get on with her duties but it's a lonely life for the single medic.
Alex or prisoner 1789, knew if he stayed on the dying earth with all its contamination problems he wouldn't survive long. He's taken matters into his own hands and by stealing water has managed to be sent off world as part of the labour force is needed to build a home for survivors. It's a hard life being treated like scum, but it's a chance for a life that Alex is prepared to take. Determined to get noticed by the engineers, he studies hard but when forced into the underground bare knuckle fights he meets the compelling Sienna. On earth struggling to survive, they might never have met but in space the rules are all changed. Alex may be a convicted criminal but Sienna sees the man beneath the prison uniform and boy does she want a taste! But rules and regulations confound them at every turn and jealousy is about to tear them apart.
I really enjoyed this installment and the pages simply flew by. I think it's fair to say Ms Husk built upon the world building that began in the previous book but it really works here. The situation these characters find themselves in are starting to make a lot more sense and it's abundantly clear the nucleus for their new society is somewhat flawed. At the moment, prisoners are seen as little more than labour but as time goes by they will need to be integrated and form attachments. It's very difficult to write a convincing romance in so short a story but the author cleverly does not try to do that. What Ms Husk offers instead is a believable burgeoning relationship between two lonely people willing to take a chance. Yes, this story begins with lust but it ends with hope. If you have read the first book then you will no doubt join me in despising a certain vile lieutenant Zane whose presence is felt here as well. I like that the same protagonist is featuring in these stories as it aids the continuity.
When I read Yours To Command, I imagine something similar to the TV show Stargate Universe with humans trapped aboard a spaceship searching for a home but not all with the same agenda. I'm really enjoying this series and can't wait to find out what the next book, Yours To Desire, written by Denise Rossetti holds.