Freedom has a cost. Can A’yen pay it without losing his soul?
Liberation of the enslaved Lokmane begins with the king. A’yen and Fae agree to visit the Hidden, a group of escaped Lokmane, to protect his identity while the Shadows make their move with emancipation acts. But he's not prepared for the prejudice rampant in the Hidden, or their lack of patience for him. And his new linked bodyguard is unstable to the point A'yen fears for the young man's sanity.
Upon returning to Titan, A'yen is kidnapped and taken to the largest breeding farm in the galaxy. This time he'll be himself even if it kills him. His resolve to unite his people grows as he wonders if he'll live long enough to do it.
With A'yen kidnapped, Fae returns to the Lokmane homeworld seeking the final pieces of what happened two thousand years ago when they were conquered and enslaved. Getting as far away from her father as possible is the only way to keep her from disappearing too.
Separated by light years, A'yen and Fae have to stand alone and fight for their right to live in freedom. No matter the cost.
About the Author
Rachel Leigh Smith was swept off her feet at the age of six by Magnum, P.I., then again at nine by Frank Hardy. She remembers her favorite romance novels by the hero’s name, so of course she writes romance for the hero lover. She lives in central Louisiana with her family, a half-crazed calico, a ginger tabby lion, and a menagerie of book boyfriends.
The best place to find her is her website, www.rachelleighsmith.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A'yen and Fae's story continues. A'yen is on course to be crowned king of the Lok'me, and on the planet that his new wife discovered was their actual home planet. But an old enemy wants his revenge, and he'll do whatever it takes to keep A'yen from the crown. Fae is learning the hard way of what is expected of her as the future queen, and her life has done nothing to prepare her for it. As A'yen's enemies close in, he learns he has friends in low places. But what will these revelations cost him? Rachel Leigh Smith presents a powerful story, revealing the human condition, set in the future. A'yen and Fae's relationship is rocky, yet tender and loving. As A'yen suffers through the horrors of the breeding farm, it's Fae who keeps him grounded, even when temptation is thrust in his path. A strong follow-up, and the prefect set-up for books 3-To Save a Life.
Rachel Leigh Smith’s “The King’s Mistress” is the second book in her A’yen’s Legacy series. It’s an interesting science fiction romance novel. Sort of “Stargate” meets “In Distress” by Caethes Faron (which is a M/M read that’s very well done). The series is daring – I like that she took the chance to have the leading man have a history with another man. The main characters, Fae and A’yen are both complex and multifaceted. Definitely a book for smart readers to really dig into. This is definitely not a standalone book, you need to read #1 first in order to understand the intricate details of this mythology and to get to know the full ensemble of characters. My only small issue is that I wish we had gotten more detailed descriptions of the intimate scenes – seems like we get the start of the scene or a recap of what happened, but never a nice, full-on sexy scene.