Sometimes the heart leads and the mind must follow.Ardra has no idea why she’s been abducted and thrown into a Roimarian interrogation room. She is simply a Tetch botanist on her way to a distant planet, not an enemy spy. She’s scared of the piercing eyes of the mind-reading precept assigned to uncover whatever secrets her mind might be holding. But even more worrying is the strange soul-deep connection between her and her captor.Jackson Deimos excels at slipping in and out of someone’s memories to retrieve military intelligence deliberately hidden away—even from an unwitting carrier. But Ardra’s brain is a labyrinth of defenses he’s never encountered before. Plus, her beauty shouldn’t be this much of a distraction.As their battle of wits and wills wears on, their emotions are the first to betray them.But if Jack can’t break through Ardra’s barriers, his superiors will turn her over to someone who will—by force. Leaving Jack having to choose between doing his duty or following his heart.Warning: Contains a plant expert whose brain is carrying around the seeds of rebellion, and a mind reader whose heart gives him a case of psychic dyslexia. Contains reference to attempted suicide and love scenes not appropriate for little sprouts.
A Stellar Affair, by Laurel Richards is an easy read. There’s nothing that requires a lot of thinking, and the story length is perfect to just knock it out one lazy Sunday afternoon.
I didn’t find the love interest interaction between the main characters particularly interesting; it was just something that transpired during the story. I was more interested in the interactions between Jackson Deimos and his contemporaries and his supervisor.
Although the story had a slow start, about a third of the way through I wanted to finish so I could find out what happens. It ended much as I expected, but that was cool, for I was looking for an easy read.
I could see another installment if this were to be a series, but I suspect I’d be more intrigued in the world than another love story.