A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win her mixed martial arts matches. At home on Cat Island, her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice. Unfortunately some Torog aliens also take notice, sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian's arms. But Dani isn't the type of woman to let alien voodoo decide her future or her mate...no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her.
For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species. Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.
Dani is a photographer and if truth be told, a bit clumsy or a klutz if you wish to call her that. She's not sure just how she manages to do what she does but her survival skills seem to be exceedingly strong. She engages in staged fights in order to remain fit and has noticed the gorgeous Ian has been watching her. She is quite intrigued by him. After a successful bout, when he offers to use a form of Chinese medicine on her injuries Dani is all for it, but something weird occurs and a pleasurable connection causes Dani to wonder just what happened.
Ian is an alien from Sandaria and is one of four who protect the earth. Touching Dani quite literally scares him, as he realises she possesses psychic powers that match his own. That can mean only one thing, Dani is his psi mate! He is the heir on his home world and a human mate would not be tolerated, so Ian has to push Dani away. Unfortunately, there are more than one species interested in Earth and suddenly Dani is a target and the only way to protect her is to take her to the one place where she won't be safe. Dani is about to get a crash course on space and alien politics that will literally change her life!
As a sci-fi story, this works very well and it's an interesting storyline with aliens fighting over resources and power, with earth as part of the spoils of war. As this story starts, the empire Ian represents is about to plunge into chaos and a military coup is on the horizon. It's hard to know just which side to take and even more difficult to guess just who to trust as corruption is widespread and even the ruling council nurtures the odd bad seed.
What for me worked less well however, was the actual romance this story is set around. A romance should be just that, a romance, but I just found the relationship between Ian (could the hero not have had a more unusual name?) and Dani lacked chemistry. Oh they are attracted to each other, but quite frankly Ian is a bit of a jerk so her sudden love for him made absolutely no sense. As I'm an incurable romantic, then maybe not the perfect read for me, but as a sci-fi tale it had lots to recommend it.
There's a wealth of supporting characters and my favourite was a certain Balaster, who I hope gets his own happy ending in a future book. As a debut for a new author, it's certainly not the worse I have read. It did not contain any glaring typos, so has clearly been well edited which made it easy to read. I love the cover for it's simplicity, but it does kind of make the book look more romantic and steamy than it actually is, although there is a little loving going on towards the end of the story. I hope Ms Priestley continues this series, but perhaps with a hero who is more appealing next time!