Queen of Starlight (Sheerspace, #1)

Queen of Starlight (Sheerspace, #1)

by Jessa Slade

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Originally published as "Enslaved by Starlight" in HOTTER ON THE EDGE: Science Fiction Romance Anthology. Winner of the 2012 InD'Tale RONE Award for Novellas and a Night Owl Reviews 4 1/2 Stars Top Pick

Her body is his prize, but he'll risk the stars for her love...

Transformed by empathic crystals into the perfect paramour, Benedetta Galil is the last treasure of her fading world. When raiders attack—seeking to corrupt the crystals and conquer all of charted space—she gives herself as a prize to the one man in the universe who values freedom over power. Mercenary sheership Captain Corso Deynah left oppression behind him on a burning planet and has no use for a sex slave, even one as seductive as Benedetta. But while he stubbornly resists her body, her fierce spirit tempts him, and he will risk everything—his ship, his seclusion, the very stars—to win not just her passion but her love.


“Sexy, steamy, and action packed, this novella will knock you off your feet! The fantastic Jessa Slade masterfully weaves romance and action into the lives of Corso and Benedetta–and pulls it off with a flourish!”
– Bitten By Love Reviews

“ENSLAVED BY STARLIGHT is a truly wonderful reading experience. Jessa packed more story into this novella than I’ve read in some full-length novels. I highly recommend this novella for anyone who has enjoyed science fiction romance in the past or would like to experience it for the first time now.”
– Unwrapping Romance


Queen of Starlight: Sheerspace Book 1 -- Originally published in HOTTER ON THE EDGE
Prince of Passion: Sheerspace Book 2 -- Originally published in HOTTER ON THE EDGE 2
Assassin's Hunger: Sheerspace Book 3 -- COMING SOON!



Corso stepped outside, breathing out hard to clear the lingering sweet scent of pixberry from his lungs, and stared up at the sky. At the almost inaudible pad of bare feet behind him, he stiffened. Benedetta’s more subtle perfume teased him, and his heartbeat ramped even higher than it had that long-ago day when the sheer-ship plasma scorched the earth around him.
“Is it strange to see the stars from this angle?”

He glanced at the woman beside him. The silver l’auraly markings curled up the slender column of her neck to brush the points of her jaw, and the traceries glimmered even in the faint starlight. Every soldier knew, a sharp blow to those pressure points could disable. A kiss along those same lines could… He crushed the wayward thought. “What?”

She gestured upward, and the inner skin of her wrist glinted. “In your ship, you’re so much closer to them. They are beautiful from here, even through the ice rings and the light of three moons. They must be utterly amazing when you are up there alone with them.”

“You don’t see them at all in the sheerways. It’s all black. Unless you’re tangled, and then I’m told you see every star and moon and nebula at once in the nanosecond before your ship is shredded.”

She blinked. “Well, Captain Deynah, and here I wondered if you had any music in your soul.”

“Keep wondering.”


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941547021
Publisher: Jessa Slade
Publication date: 07/21/2014
Series: Sheerspace , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 208,597
File size: 3 MB

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Queen of Starlight (Sheerspace, #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I liked: Beautiful lyrical writing and descriptions that I adored. Also sex scenes written along the same vein, that managed to be hot and sensual without lots of explicit wording, some of which I often finds spoil the overall descriptions with words that jar me out of the scene. The world building was awesome and intriguing (I have a thing for crystals anyway, so to have these used to enhance a body's sensitivity and enable an empathic kind of union totally grabbed me). Despite the hero's insistence that he was a jerk, he really wasn't, and though I'm not a huge alpha fan I was won over by his devotion to a cause that he hadn't really wanted to take up. What I didn't like: The hero calls himself a jerk or similar several times at the start, to the point where I almost stopped reading. It was done too many times and really wasn't necessary after the first couple of mentions. Also, despite the beautifully written scenes, the couple had sex at what seemed totally inappropriate times and places, as if the author had felt compelled to force them in to avoid them being missed out completely. Both times this totally pulled me out of the story. I felt these could have been put elsewhere and broken the flow a lot less. I also didn't like the heroine as much as the hero - in some respects she almost came over as a bit of a wet blanket but just about avoided that label. In conclusion: This is a good book for fans of scifi romance, especially those who prefer the sex scenes hot and sensual rather than full out explicit, if you can excuse the weird timing and settings. Some SF purists might dislike the science behind the crystals bonding to humans (in that respect, I would point to Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer). I would probably read the rest of the books in the series and more by this author.
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DebbyReader More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It had a slow start with describing the culture of the planet. At first I wondered if I would finish it. I'm glad I did. Corso and Etta were good characters. They learned from each other about love. I would recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I took a chance on it, couldn't put it down and now, 2 days later, have powered through all 3 books in this series. Can't hardly stand the wait for the next one...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slade's "Queen of Starlight" is sort of The Magnificent Seven in space, with a princess. Benedetta and Corso are terrific characters; I like how they challenge one another's assumptions about the nature of freedom, duty, and love. My only complaint is that the mechanics of the sheerways (which allow travel through space) needed to be explained a bit better. I really, really hope that Slade continues the series. Highly recommended to fans of Zoe Archer and Eve Langlais. -- lyradora