This story is in the same world as Cynthia Sax's cyborg series and spin off Dark Refuge, however those books do not need to be read to enjoy this story. This new planet/world is based on Chamele warriors, a race that are known for these fierce fighting skills but have kept themselves largely isolated from the problems of the greater universe, especially when it comes to the Humanoid Alliance wars. this story is after the succession wars of the Chamele with a new warlord structure in place and a tentative peace over the planet (although problems are brewing) and into this we meet the warlords Second and his crew of which Qulpa is the Lead Pilot. After a crash on returning to Chamele Qulpa is injured and fears never flying again however it brings him into contact with Nayan the Head of Systems and Weapons design for the warlord. Like with cyborgs and other "special" characters introduced in the Dark Refuge series, Chamele's are able to know their life mate by scent and Qulpa and Nayan immediately know they are destined for each other......if it wasn't for Nayan's secret! I enjoyed this story SO MUCH! The world being developed is rich with characters I hope to read more about and Qulpa is a wonderful character, someone who lost his whole family to the succession wars so knows the value of finding his true mate, no matter what the obstacles. Nayan has a heartbreaking history, with many lessons on the value of being different and taking a chance at happily ever after. As always there are many sexual scenes in a Cynthia Sax story but the character development makes this story so good so I would definitely recommend.