Finding one's psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it means both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family.
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.
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Alien Attachments Book 1
By Sabine Priestley
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A dark-skinned male and a tall blond female danced around each other, bamboo sticks at the ready, waiting for an opening. Sitting on the warm iron bleachers above, Ian Cavacent leaned forward in anticipation. The old warehouse on Cat Island doubled as many things. Tonight, it hosted the weekly mixed fight competition. The popular event drew crowds from as far away as Nassau. Humans jostled for a seat or stood in groups around the improvised, oversized boxing ring. The target of his interest was the blond woman. He'd come to watch her for the past few weeks. A friend of his human support agent, Jared, she fascinated him. He had a rule to avoid women on the island, but there was something about this one. She intrigued him. And not for the usual reasons, either. Yes, she was pretty, beautiful even, but there was more to it than that.
Jared slid into the seat next to him and handed him a beer. "Dani said you were stalking her."
"I don't stalk." Ian took the plastic cup. "Besides, I wasn't aware she knew I was here."
"Yeah, she told me that too."
Ian took a long pull on the beer. "There's just something odd about her. Maybe it's the way she moves. Her motions aren't practiced, she's constantly off balance, and yet she pulls in win after win. If I didn't know better, I'd say the fights were rigged."
The crowd quieted, and tension rose as the timer ticked down to zero.
Below, the two continued their dance, circling each other. The man lunged and Dani twirled with an awkward step, but still managed to dodge the swing of the bamboo. Sweat dripped into the cleavage of her sports bra and down the small of her back, leaving a dark stain in the fabric. She parried left and right. As usual, her maneuvers were halting and lacked grace.
Ian winced when Jared erupted in one of his booming sneezes. Dani shot an annoyed glance their way. Big mistake. In that fraction of a second, her opponent swung his bamboo. The jagged tip grazed the skin below her left eye before slamming into her wrist. The impact pushed her over the edge. She ducked, nearly fell over, spun around and in a surprisingly fluid movement, sent her opponent's stick flying. The crowd erupted with cheers and jeers for both sides. Money changed hands and the tension evaporated. The two opponents approached each other. Cradling her wrist, Dani declined a handshake. They shared some good-natured words before they left the floor.
Ian's powerful psi allowed him to see a purple mist radiating from her injuries. "That's going to hurt," Ian said.
"Dammit," Jared mumbled, grabbing one of his ever-present tissues. "Can you tell how bad it is?"
"Well"— Ian swallowed the dregs of his beer —"she may have won, but she's going to be out of commission for awhile. She's not going to be happy with you."
"Yep." Jared wiped his nose. "I best go down and apologize. Come with me? She knows you've been watching. Be kind of weird at this point not to say hello."
A wave of anticipation washed over him. Aside from his three support agents, he limited his involvement with humans to the occasional short-lived affair off the island. Yet his reaction to spending time with this woman surprised him.
"You know I prefer to keep my involvement with humans away from here." Still, he was tempted. On the verge of changing his mind, he sensed a pending communication. "Hold on, incoming message from Marco." Marco was the Earth Protector, or EP, currently on duty. He waited a beat for it to arrive.
We got company, boss. His com relayed the message.
"Apologies are going to have to wait. Someone's paying Earth a visit." Ian said.
Jared followed him out the back door.
* * *
Dani wiped the sweat from her brow and followed Dugo out of the fight area. Bazillionaire Ian Cavacent and her friend Jared were leaving out the back. Ian always kept to himself, and as far as she knew, never fraternized with the locals except Jared. His recent interest in her sparked an explosion of fantasies. Even better, he seemed the type who would be okay with a "nothing complicated" scenario. And he was hot. Seriously hot, hence the fantasies. She'd love to get him in front of her camera ... and a few other places. Those wavy blond locks and smoky green eyes. Yum. Why haven't you contacted me, Mr. Cavacent?
Dugo interrupted her musings. "Someone needs to tell Jared to take his allergy meds." He nodded toward her arm. "You okay?"
"I'll be fine." She gave him a good-natured nudge with her other elbow. "You almost got me there."
He took a hand towel off the supplies table and handed it to her. "You're bleeding."
The medic came over and applied antibiotic ointment and a butterfly bandage to her cheek. "You should have that looked at."
"I will," Dani said.
Dugo tossed the towel in the laundry bin. "Glad I missed your eye. Seriously, man. I didn't see you comin'."
"And that's the way it's done," Dani said with all the swagger she could muster. Which was a lot, even with the pain radiating from her wrist.
Dugo laughed. "So what do you say? Have a drink with me?"
"Hey," he said, shrugging. "I never see you with no one here. You fly around the world and take your pictures, but this is home. Why you not date anyone?"
"Who says I don't?" Dani could tell by his stance he wasn't buying it. Didn't matter, he didn't have to. It was her business. "Gotta go. Catch ya next time."CHAPTER 2
The following day, after a swim along the beach, Ian sat on a barstool across from Jared. Two additional members of his EP team sat on either side of him. They were like night and day. Armond Nolde, white-haired albino, and Marco Dar, dark and swarthy.
"That was no accident last night, boss," Marco said.
"I know." Ian motioned for Jared to pour them some drinks.
After leaving Dani's match, they'd ported off world to the base where their fighters were kept. Humans had no idea their little planet was the focus of increasingly frequent alien attention. It was the EP's job to keep it that way. Last night Torogs attempted to land. During their interception, a team hired by Councilman Gordat Prayda fired on Ian's ship. The Torogs fled, and Prayda's goons claimed mechanical failure of their equipment.
Mechanical failure, like hell. Politics on Sandaria had become increasingly perilous.
Jared poured beers for the three Sandarians and wiped down the already-clean counter.
"Aside from the obvious," the albino Armond said, reaching back to tighten his ubiquitous pony tail, "I find it disturbing Councilman Prayda appears to believe the accidental death of Lord Cavacent's heir and only child would go unpunished."
Armond had a point. "I talked with my father after the incursion last night. He agrees the increase in Torog activity is concerning, but thinks we should stay quiet about the attack on me. The fewer waves we make right now, the better. Let's just try and avoid any further contact with Councilman Prayda's pets."
Marco rapidly tapped his beer glass. "If you'd just let me blast that crag last night —"
"The emperor's guards would be all over us," Armond finished.
Ian sensed Marco's rising anger at Armond. The two rarely saw eye to eye. "At ease." Ian slid Marco's beer away from his tapping finger. He used his psi to calm the man. I've told you before to stop letting him get under your skin.
Marco's psi wasn't strong enough to broadcast his thoughts but the release of tension in his shoulders as he took a long pull on his beer was enough for Ian.
Jared, who'd been listening to the exchange, leaned against the bar. "Trouble in paradise?"
Ian ignored the reaction and addressed Jared. "Let's just say the empire is a little unstable right now." The concern on Jared's face was clear. "Don't worry too much. Earth shouldn't be involved. Aside from you and the Papallos, Earth can remain blissfully ignorant of the existence of aliens."
Closer to his father's age, Jared bore the appearance of a scruffy old sea captain. He'd worked with his father before Ian took over.
"Where's the new kid?" Jared asked, pouring some mixed nuts into a bowl.
Grinning, Marco grabbed a handful of nuts and shook his head.
"She's getting settled," Ian said. "Has some more unpacking to do. You'll meet her later."
"Marco here said she's height-challenged," Jared said.
Marco held his hand out below shoulder height. It wasn't much, given that he was sitting. "She's a little spitfire."
"Five-foot-four," Ian said.
"With her boots on," Armond added.
Jared raised a bushy eyebrow.
"Just wait till you catch her in action," Ian said. "Unbelievably fast and knows how to use her size to her advantage. Oh, and she's got blazing red hair."
"I have got to see this." Jared blew his nose and shook his head. "You three over six-foot, and Little Red Riding Hood."
Ian laughed. "An odd picture all right. It works, though. She nailed the trial and has total psi-control over her ship. Never once went to manual."
"So, what do you think the Torogs were coming for?" Jared asked.
"The usual," Ian said. "Hunting humans or going after carnium."
Jared stacked more glasses behind the bar. "That's the stuff you use to go all faster than light, right?"
Ian found Jared's vernacular to be a continuing source of entertainment. "Been taking notes?"
"I work for aliens. I'm always taking notes." Jared leaned back against the bar and crossed his arms. "Third time this week Torogs have hit our radar. What's going on?"
"I wish we knew," Ian said.
Jared remained silent for a moment. "You know, boss. I don't like the idea of Earth not having you guys around. Don't go gettin' yourself killed."
"I don't plan to. My father thinks the emperor doesn't have long. The problem is, no one knows who or what will take his place. Until we know that, we just have to ride it out." Ian's psi registered the approaching vehicle before he heard the crunch of tires on the crushed-shell gravel outside. Desire pulsed through him. "Well, well. Looks like we've got company. Sounds like Ms. Standich herself." Ian took a beat to enjoy the sensations she induced.
"She the one you're stalking?" Marco said.
Ian scowled at him. "I'm not stalking her."
"Whatever you say, boss." Marco pointed a finger at Jared. "He said it."
Jared plucked a nut out of the dish and flicked it at Marco.
The nut stopped in mid air, a few inches from Marco's face and spun around for a moment. Marco flicked his finger. The nut shot through the air and bounced off Jared's head, causing him to burst out laughing.
A moment later, the massive wood plank that made up the front entrance creaked open grudgingly. Sand scraped against the floor. The sliding doors at the back of the bar stood wide open, and the cross breeze pulled at Dani's blond hair as she struggled with the weight.
"When," she said, clutching a white hat and beach bag, "are you going to fix this thing?" She held her right wrist close to her chest. Slipping through the opening, she turned to use her rear to push the beast closed. She gave a mighty shove with her ass. The door gave more than expected and she let out a short squeak as she tried to regain her balance.
Graceful as always, Ian thought.
"Thanks for your help last night, by the way." Dani glared at Jared.
Ian stifled a laugh.
Waves of purple radiated from her arm and the left side of her face. She wore large, dark sunglasses that hid the injury to her eye, but her wrist was visibly bruised and swollen.
Jared rushed around the bar and gave the door a shove. "What can I say? My allergies never stop. You gotta learn not to be distracted."
"Hold it in next time."
"Sure, kid." Jared kicked at the bottom of the door, which finally clicked shut.
Ian was surprised by the obvious closeness of the relationship, but then he never stuck around when locals came into the bar. Until now.
"So?" Dani said, placing her bag and hat on a bar stool not far from Ian and his EPs. "When are you going to fix that thing?"
"Fix it? Why? Keeps the tourists down to a minimum."
"You own a bar on the beach. Aren't you supposed to want tourists?"
Jared shrugged. "I'm good with the ones I get from the hotel" — he indicated a path leading up a slight hill — "and the few wanderers."
Dani gazed at the beach beyond the small patio and sighed. "You do have a slice of heaven here."
Jared poured some nuts into a bowl and slid them across to her. "I don't think you've formally met my friends here." He indicated the team. "This is Armond, Marco and 'course you know about Ian. Guys, this here is Dani."
They exchanged greetings and Dani focused on Ian. "Been enjoying my fights, Mr. Cavacent?" She smiled with her striking blue eyes.
Jared coughed loudly.
Ian was sure the word "stalker" was buried in the cough somewhere. He decided to ease up on his usual role of arrogant millionaire. He needed to find out why she captivated him so. "Call me Ian, and yes, I have been enjoying your fights. You have an unusual technique."
Dani scoffed. "Lack thereof, you mean." She removed her sunglasses and revealed a nasty gash below her left eye. Dark bruises surrounded the puffy wound.
"Ouch." Jared leaned in for a closer inspection. "At least you won."
Dani set the glasses down. "Yeah, well it's going to be awhile before I can compete again. I figure you owe me some drinks in the meantime."
"Suppose that's only fair."
Fascinating purple swirls worked their way up to her shoulder and out from her cheek. The color was deep and rich, meaning she was in a great deal of pain. That, or she had an unusually high tolerance for it.
Dani dug around her bag with her left hand and pulled out an insulated Tervis cup. "Rum and coke, please." She slid the cup over to Jared.
"Want some ice for that wrist? And maybe your face?" he asked.
Jared set her drink down while she gathered up her bag and put her sunglasses back on.
"Why thank you kindly, sir," she said with an exaggerated southern accent. "I always rely upon the kindness of strangers."
Jared bowed. "Anything for you, Miss Scarlett."
"Boys." She gave a nod and headed for the path leading to the hotel pool.
Ian waited until she was out of earshot. "She moves like a cat."
The men watched as she tripped and sloshed her drink onto the path.
"A clumsy cat," Marco said, finishing his beer. "That's it for me. I can't take this humidity. I'll check in with you later, boss." He stood. "Thanks, Jared."
"I too, have had enough of this damp climate of yours." Armond said, getting to his feet. "I'll report in this evening." He followed Marco out.
Jared sneezed. "That's why you selected this place, isn't it?" Ian didn't answer, just grinned. "How long have you known her?" He indicated the direction Dani had taken.
"Years," Jared said around his tissue. "Her aunt took her in when her parents died in a plane crash. She was only fifteen or sixteen at the time. I used to let her sweep up around the bar in exchange for sodas. Got the feeling she needed the company. Anyway, auntie spends most of her time in New York these days. Dani keeps the house going when she's not off freelancing for Vogue or some other slick rag."
"Photographer. She's good too, if you like that sort of thing." Jared wiped his nose again. "Personally, I prefer landscapes and animals to pretty humans." Jared popped a few peanuts into his mouth. "She's in pain."
"That woman, my friend, is in a world of hurt," Ian agreed.
"Think maybe you could help her out?"
Ian finished off his beer. "You know how I am about getting involved with locals."
"She's good people, boss. Besides you don't have to get involved." Jared made quotes with his fingers around the last words. "I've never seen her with anyone. Losing your folks at such a young age, I suppose it can mess you up. Just tell her you know some techniques to help with the pain."
Ian cast another look at the retreating woman. "Why are you so concerned? Is there something I should know about you two?"
Jared harrumphed and crossed his arms. "I'm old enough to be her dad."
"I'll admit, I have a soft spot for her, but it's more like a daughter. Like I said, she's good people."
Ian couldn't deny his attraction to her, and he was curious to see if he could figure out why he found her so appealing. Probably those blue eyes. I'll talk to her for a while. She'll have nothing to say, and I'll get her out of my system. "Fine. But just enough to ease her pain. I can't do more, obviously."
"Obviously. Thanks, boss. Hey, when you get back, I'll buy you a beer."
"That's real generous, considering I own the place."
Jared chuckled and ate another handful of peanuts.
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I wanted to kill Ian during most of this story. When he wasn't keeping Dani safe, he was being a complete ass toward her. He ignored her, spoke harshly toward her, treated her horribly. On Earth, he treated her well enough. He didn't understand his attraction to her--he was an alien with psi powers and didn't think he'd find his psi-mate on Earth--but he was nice, you know? But back at his home, Sandaria, he was a completely different man. Maybe it was being home, maybe it was being around his strict dad. Whatever the reason, I didn't like that Ian at all and kept wishing Dani would just leave him. She deserved better. Between the collapse of the Sandarian government, the multiple attempts on Dani's life (on Earth and on Sandaria), Ian's indecisiveness about his relationship with Dani, and Dani's attempt to move on even though she knows she can't, there was enough "stuff going on" to keep me interested and finish it. I just can't get over Ian's treatment of Dani. It's a little thing in light of the happy ending they got, but still... His treatment of her shouldn't have gone on for so long. A good story, one I may not read again though simply because of the hero's actions. However, it sounds like there should be more in this series, and I'm willing to give them a try. 3.5* ***Received from NetGalley for an honest review***
The author grabbed my attention from the very start. The characters were very realistic. I can't wait to get another book by this author.
I am not always a hug fan of Sci-Fi, but I enjoyed this story because I could keep the unusual names and concepts clear as the story progressed.
It was pretty good! Read it in a few hours!
Well written, cute cat and mouse game, a little action with a nice dose of humor. I would consider this light reading and well worth your time, especially since it's a free read! Thank you to the author.
But this story was well done. Only a few truly unbelievable parts. Ian's actions were too inconstant for a strong male lead.
Dani was great, a warm, quirky woman. Could not stand the sizzling,hot alien, Ian. Though he knew she was the one for him, he rejected her because he & his family prided themselves as being royalty & regarded dani as a lowly human & earthling. Though dani fought back, his cruelty & his ignoring her tore her apart. Only when a family secret that directly affected him, come out, did he feel he wasn't too good for her. I was rooting for Dani to choose the loving, caring & equally beautiful, alien man that loved her from the start & didn't care she was a human & not of an upper class background.
Received this book for an honest review. I picked up this book as a freebie and I ask that you provide a review for receiving the book for free. I figured I would take my time to read this book I decided to start reading this on a Friday night I stayed up until I finished it. The title "Alien Attachments" gives no clue to what the book is really about. I really didn't know what to expect but I would have to give praise to the author Sabine Priestley you did a good job this story. What you had in the story are aliens who secretly come to Earth minding and protecting all without the Earth's people knowing. Back on their home world the government is beginning to crumble and people are looking to escape. There are many different factions on the planet Sandaria but the most prominent are the PSI people. This is a group of people who have different abilities to do things with their minds they are kind of a ruling class on this planet and they don't mix well with others. In one of their families the Cavacent's there are secrets that abound and some of them have to do with the planet Earth that they protect. In this book you get Ian and Danni's story. Be prepared the story does not end here some of the characters you meet in this book will get their stories told in the next three books. I enjoyed this book so much I'm getting ready to purchase the next couple of stories because I need to know what's going to happen with some of those characters.
I was given an advanced review copy, from the author, in return for a honest review. Ian Cavacent is an high ranking alien begin, an Earth Protector, sent to maintain Earth's safety and intergalactic business dealings. Photographer and competitive fighter Dani has always been strong willed, able to hold her own. Still, she had close friend Jared, an alien secret Support Agent, who had always been there for her, after her parent's death. Complications arise when Ian uses his psi to heal Dani, linking his psi to hers, something no human should have, causing them to become psi-mates. What does this mean for them and Ian's political position in the empire and mining standings on Earth? Aliens, the Torogs, have been moving in on Earth's territory and attacked the group, but why? Can Ian keep Dani safe? This book was slow to start. The story's beginning, I felt, failed to set the plot and back story of the characters, like information about Ian's people, the Sandarians, and how they came to be Earth's protectors. I would have liked a prologue. Also, the writing flow picked up some thirty pages in, but by that point I was not invested in the story. I liked Dani's character. I felt she was likeable, but Ian's was lacking substance. The romance aspect was good and I found the psi abilities interesting. An okay sci-fi romance to pass the time. - Sarah
A forbidden love written in the stars Alien Attachment is my first exposure to the writings of Sabine Priestley, an exposure I totally enjoyed. Anyone that knows me is aware that I have an affinity for sci-fi romance. I absolutely love the escape possibilities inherent in an alien world. Talk about a vacation your imagination can take you on. In the case of Alien Attachments, the vacation is to the world of Sandaria, the primary home of Ian Cavacent. Also, the home world of the Emperor for the galactic empire, an empire on the verge of falling apart. Ian is the heir to the Cavacent legacy. His family has owned the rights to mining a rare ore from the Earth that allows FTL travel throughout the galaxy. At the same time they are the protectors of Earth’s clueless inhabitants. For the most part, the travel between his home world of Sandaria and Earth is made via portals. His home on Cat Island is the location of the main portal on Earth, but not the only one. He keeps a team of EPs (Earth Protectors) employed as well as human SAs (Support Agents.) His association with these earth dwellers can be quite entertaining and enlightening. Point in fact, watching his SA Jared’s friend Dani compete in the mixed arts fight ring. She is pure clumsy and yet she unfailingly manages to win time and again. Her latest fight, however, has ended in a few injuries that has Jared asking Ian to use his psi to relieve her pain. The only problem is the minute he touches her their psi starts to bond. That’s a big problem because… ahem… humans don’t have psi. Well they aren’t supposed to have psi and this human appears to be his psi-mate and her psi is off the charts strong and untrained. She’s also forbidden if he doesn’t want to commit political suicide and irreparably damage his family’s finances. No sooner does he discover this than Torogs are attempting to capture her and assassinate him. A quick getaway sees them off to the questionable safety of Sandaria. Everything soon becomes about avoiding Dani and the potential bond developing between them. The building unrest on Sandaria could prove their undoing or it could very well prove just what this relationship needs. Dani is a well-traveled photojournalist and mixed arts fighter. She moved to Cat Island to live with her aunt after her parents deaths in a plane crash in her teens. As a teen, she used to work in Jared’s bar. Little did she know that Jared was a support agent for aliens. That is until she found herself in the middle of a shootout and chased by ugly blue-blooded aliens. To top that off she finds herself drawn to Jared’s boss, Ian. The man literally sets her system to buzzing. When she’s told that she has psi abilities it comes as a bit of a shock but she’s a real trouper when it comes to adjusting her life to it’s new realities. The one thing she could do without though is the rude standoffishness of Ian and his father. You’d think after saving his life he’d be just a bit more thankful. Alien Attachments has that whole forbidden love angle with plenty of chemistry and tension waiting for a culmination. Dani and Ian are like oil and water on the outside but inside the two are like interlocking puzzle pieces. Both are avoiding a relationship, if for totally different reasons. But the power of their psi bond will eventually win out. Alien Attachments promises to be a great series and I’m looking forward to reading the others in the series. *****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions*****
Alien Attachments is book one in the Alien Attachments series by Sabine Priestley. This book was the debut for Ms. Priestley and WOW, what an entry into the paranormal world she has made. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the characters and this world she has created. Dani feels like a klutz, always tripping, bumping into things, except when she is in one of her mixed martial arts matches. Even then, she’s never really sure how she does it, but she always wins. She has begun to notice a very sexy man at her matches but the night she is finally going to get to meet him, she gets injured. The next day, at the pool, when he attempts to heal her, both of their lives are changed forever. Ian Cavacent is not human. He is from a planet called Sandaria. He and his people have a strong psi ability, but only people from his planet are supposed to have this power, not humans, never humans. He had been watching Dani for some time at her matches. He feels drawn to her. He knew after her injury she was in pain. He told her he was just going to use her pressure points to relieve some of her pain but in reality, he would use his psi. He never intended to heal her, but once the connection was made, he was shocked to discover that Dani possessed a strong psi of her own. She didn’t even realize she possessed it. It was raw, untapped power. How can this be? And once their psi touched, their futures were changed. “I assure you my intentions are honorable.” “Well, that was disappointing.” Sandarians were on earth to mine an element they needed but to also protect humans. There are others in the universe not so kind. Ian’s family was royalty and he was expected to mate with someone of his own species of equal stature. Not a human. It could never be a human. But the process has already begun. He stopped it before it was complete so he must do everything in his power to stay away from Dani and discourage any further contact. But this is easier said than done. “At times it seemed his desire for her was matched only by his anger at her. Completely irrational. It wasn’t her fault she was human and the perfect mate for him.” Dani’s life has become something out of a sci-fi movie. She found out there was such a thing as alien’s and they were definitely a lot sexier than in the movies. She has unknowingly become partially bonded to one of them. And now they are being attacked by the ugliest creatures she has ever seen and are forced to flee. The best part of all of this is finding out she was special, that she possessed the same power they did. Now if she could just figure out what was going on with Ian. This book really was fantastic. I couldn’t help but love Dani and all her klutziness. Ian I had a little trouble with for awhile. When he was trying to distance himself from Dani, he did it in the worst of ways. But he did redeem himself eventually. I loved his family and their gang of friends. The steamy scenes were perfect and to add the psi connections, well, I needed to turn up the fan. The last 25% or so was completely intense and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and the ending was perfect. I seriously did love this book and can’t wait to see what comes next in book two, Rebellion. Thank you to Sabine Priestley for generously providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.
As a fan of the sci-fi genre I was instantly drawn to this book's premise but once the final page was turned I was left a bit disappointed. While there's much to enjoy about this book there's a few things that kept me from falling in love with it. The main theme of opposites attracting amidst war and the end of the world is an enticing one but the set-up early on is one long info-dump full of sci-fi names and worldbuilding that's a bit excessive. Sexy alien Ian is a Prince and Protector of Earth's resources and as such he's arrogant yet appealing. Healing a feisty human female changes his future irrevocably as well as that of his people and sets him on a path that leaves him conflicted and bringing out his bad side. Being royal makes him feel superior and being the mate of a human seems impossible and wrong. From his family to his people he tries to stay away from her by being nasty and pushing her towards another which brings out his jealous side and makes him even more annoying. If I were Dani I would've made him work harder to win her back. Dani unfortunately isn't as strong-willed as I'd hoped though she's an MMA fighter. She's funny, endearing, but also a klutz who wins fights by accident. She was unaware of her psi abilities until Ian kickstarted them which caught her up in a war where her life is constantly in danger. Her relationship with Ian sizzles and is full of sexual tension leading to super steamy encounters. Their relationship's also frustrating as it's a constant push and pull with Dani being walked on. There were numerous times I wished she'd just go for the other guy. Once their romance heats up, so too does the story. The middle section builds from the initial premise with exciting and action-packed scenes that unfortunately don't pay-off at the end as resolutions are too easy or forgotten all together. On a whole it's good sci-fi but I'm hoping for more in the next installment.
Aliens are living in secret on Earth, silently protecting while extracting a much needed element Carnium. Our hero Ian is a Sandarian prince. His race has special psi powers which they share with their psi bond mate. Dani is human but also possesses psi powers. When Ian accidentally starts the bonding process while trying to heal Dani he is appalled. Although he is attracted to Dani, he is a prince and believes that humans are beneath him. I really enjoyed the premise of the story, and although there was a lot of world building the story it got confusing and dragged for me at times. And I have to say that I really disliked Ian. I understood that a human mate wouldn't be accepted on his planet but he was very cruel to Dani sometimes. In my opinion Dani let him off way too easy. Now I really enjoyed Dani's character, she is strong willed and smart but there was one thing that drove me nuts, she was an MMA fighter but whenever she talked about it she referred to it as mixed fighting. It just doesn't sound right to me, it should be mixed martial, or MMA. Yes, I realize that it has nothing to do with the quality of the plot but it bugged me enough to pull me out of the story. The last half of the book did pick up for me and was full of action. All in all I believe it was a good intro into the series and I will definitely be checking out the next one. * I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.