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Once again, Cara Bristol has spun an amazing Sci-fi tale. Two planets, each needing something, and working out an exchange program. One is trusting, and the other is devious in how they handle their part of the exchange. Earth or Terra needs the illuvian ore to power things on earth, and Dakon needs females to help populate their planet after an asteroid centuries ago wiped out so many of their people. Along with it came a virus that killed out females, leaving them with only a few, and even fewer children being born. The story will grab you from the beginning to the end and keeps you guessing as unexpected details emerge.
On Earth, Starr Conner will be falsely accused of murder, tried, convicted and before she knows what is happening, placed aboard USS Australia to become a court-ordered-bride to an alien. She is on the first transport, along with forty-nine other women that were also incarcerated, except their crimes were more in line with cyber crimes, hacking, money laundering, etc., and they were given a choice to go.
Dakon needs females to mate, and hopefully, they will produce female children to help repopulate the planet. What was once an advanced planet, is now in winter twelve months out of their fifteen months rotation. Their infrastructure has been wiped out, and now survival has returned to a more primitive time. A drawing was held for the first fifty women, and each winner was given a chit to determine the order of choice for female. A tribal leader of one clan, Torq, has won a mate in the first flight of females.
The plot will have plenty of angst, uncertainty, deception, and new beginnings. As the fifty female prisoners travel to Dakon, three will become good friends, Tessa, Andrea, and Starr. There is some vague information about the aliens of Dakon, and even for the men of Dakon on Terra women. While preliminary testing show they are compatible, life on a new planet comes with anxiety. No different than mail-ordered brides of the eighteen hundred, these convicted women will be entering the unknown with their new alien mates. Torq is disappointed when he first sees Starr, and he worries about her small size, even thought on Terra One, she is considered a BBW. When Torq refers to Starr as skinny, her heart will melt at the compliment.
The story will keep the pages turning as details unfold of the crime Starr has been accused of, and how on Dakon, all laws must be obeyed, or you will be banished into the wasteland and left on your own. What will happen when the Dakonians learn that their shipment of mates is all convicted criminals? And one among them for the crime of murder? The difference between species is minor and learning new things interesting, such as kissing. There is a great cast of characters, unique characteristics of Dakonian men, and a love story in the works. “I would give you everything I have. You’re my mate.” “Forever and always.”