Aurina Phoenix spends most of her time zooming through uncharted space and gathering intel for her family's deep-space convoy, but her life takes an unexpected detour when a meteor shower brings down her ship. She finds herself on a barren, low-tech planet inhabited by dangerous beasts...and lands in the arms of a brawny barbarian warlord.
Markarian warrior Kavon Mal Dor is known for his skill in battle. He lives to protect his clan...and to avenge the murder of his father. Every move he makes is part of his grand plan for revenge, including finding a legendary sword and marrying a warlord's daughter. But when a beautiful skyflyer crashes into his world, she is the one thing he never counted on.
Fighting their incendiary attraction, Aurina and Kavon make a deal: she'll help him find the sword and in return, he'll give her the emergency beacon she needs to get home. But as the search for the sword plunges them into a dangerous adventure they find themselves consumed by a powerful passion and questioning everything they've ever wanted.
I liked Aurina, the heroine, and she's a gutsy gal who thinks on her feet. There's very little that fazes her but she does have a flaw, she allows the past to dictate a little too much for me. However, it's our flaws that make us human so an imperfect heroine works very well here.
Kavon is the Warlord obsessed by the unusual woman who has just crashed into his life. If dominating, chest beating males are your thing, then you will be overjoyed by him. The attraction they share is both physical and cerebral but Kavon has a nasty habit of trying to keep Aurina in the dark about things. Yes, he is trying to protect her but his high-handedness might give some readers pause.
I really enjoyed reading the descriptions of the various creatures living on the planet and particularly Aurina’s response to them. This crazy mixture of a barbaric planet that's strangely technologically advanced in some ways was the perfect setting for the story that follows. The couple form a pact, the game is afoot, and before long the adventure to discover the truth begins. Oh, and of course there's always time for a little romance!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.