Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This is a series that must be read in order to fully understand the growing relationship between the two main characters, Raphael, a human and Lord Teo, a Chi’NoSa. Book one is Raphael’s Rescue when he is taken prisoner by Lord Teo and how two men different as day and night learn from each other. Their story continues in this book and ends in book three.
Raphael has become comfortable in his life with Teo and even though he sorely misses his family on Mars his love for Teo has grown to the point where he cannot imagine life without him. If you have read book one, then you are aware of how their relationship began and it was not a smooth or happy start. Teo is a Chi’NoSaa very aggressive race who are not even able to live near each other or socialize with each other. Teo is judge and jury for all on his ship and that also went for Raphael.
As the two of them spent time with each other it became apparent that they were deeply in love and Teo made Raphael Advisor/Consort allowing him many liberties no one else is allowed to even hope for.
Teo has convinced the Chi’NoSa to allow him and Raphael to approach the Ta’kunisi to compromise for the minerals on their planet. So far, the Ta’Kuni have refused to accept the Chi’NoSa and even refuse to learn their language. If a compromise is not reached the planet will be annihilated and failure would result in Teo losing faith.
While brokering a compromise Teo begins to face the fact that he is losing what makes him Chi’NoSa and that Raphael’s influence has caused him to believe he is not acting according to his station. His answer is to break from Raphael, he will no longer be his Chosen or his Consort, breaking Raphael’s heart. Teo promises that once the negotiations with the Ta’Kunisi are finished Raphael will be brought home to Mars.
Raphael tries to convince Teo that change happens, nothing can stay stationary, you must move forward and change. As a human Raphael is constantly thanking people, bowing to them out of respect and Teo unwillingly accepts it till he realizes that accepting it is not the Chi’NoSa way.
A wonderful addition to this wonderful series; and a story of acceptance and change. There is also a betrayal something else a result of a human living with Chi’NoSa.