Viola Grace
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Extasy Books
Release Date
May 2014
Book 6 of Terran Times Second Wave
Erotic Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

A woman with a green thumb is married by proxy to a noble who has a secret life commanding shadows. Gardener versus Guardian.

Rowen went along with her niece to apply for the Volunteer project, and when she is asked to participate, she has to decide if the stars are for her. When they offer her an entire world full of gardens, she is hooked. There is only one problem, no alien can work on the surface of Irudan; they must be married to a local to work there.

Skorin Nakkua wants to get his family to stop asking him to get married, so when a marriage of convenience is requested by the Alliance, he agrees. His wife will live on Irudan and take on his social responsibilities with the community, leaving him free to focus on his life as Walking Darkness, the head of the Irudan Guardian Base.

He had never expected their paths to cross while he was on duty, but the new Lady Nakkua is far more than he imagined and the convenience of their marriage begins to chafe.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jul 13, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
147 people found the following review helpful
A marriage of convenience can be a win-win if both parties agree to the terms. Rowen is surprised when her special plant healing skill is desirable and nets her a job on a distant planet. The caveat is that she has to be a citizen through matrimony. Lucky for her, a high ranking male, Skorin, is avoiding his matchmaking family and will marry Rowen in name only.

The best laid plans sometimes goes awry with pleasant results. Ms. Grace crafts a world which catches my attention. These Guardians are interesting. The characters are likeable. The society is fascinating. The main complaint is that it's all too short. Share more about the Guardians. They are mysterious and in high demand.

It would be nice, too, if Ms. Grace kicks up the erotic heat between the two main characters. However, for a novella, Ms. Grace does deliver a smooth and compact story. The chemistry between the main characters is sweet. The space opera aspect is also appealing.

What is surprising is the relationship and dynamic between Rowen and her husband's aristocratic family. Rowen's interaction with Skorin's mother starts out shaky and leads a reader to believe it will be a mother-in-law from hell plot device. Instead, it transforms into a healthy bonding just as Rowen helps the plants on her new planet bloom to their full potential. This is a warm fuzzy story which makes me want to read all the stories in this series.

Recommended for space opera lovers who enjoy pioneer themes with a gentle yet strong leading female.
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