Seeking absolution for his past in a fiery death, a young space force pilot crashes his ship on a desert planet.
When Ellis Ligoria, King of Xol, witnesses a space ship hurtling to the planet’s surface, he rushes to the scene of the crash and joins the search party for survivors. As night descends, a strange compulsion leads him to the site of an underground city. Here he rescues a badly injured Jem. During his recovery, it is discovered that Jem is part Xolan. Not only that, but he’s a genetically submissive variation called a Xolani. Ellis has no desire to care for a Xolani but cannot resist his desire for Jem. Taking him under his protection, he brings him home to his family.
Desperately wanting this new life, Jem claims to be a solitary Vagabond, a loner without family or home. A man nobody wants or is looking for. Safe for the first time in his memory, Jem has hopes for a happy future. He is falling in love with Ellis and adores his new family. All he wants is to live a quiet life as Ellis’ consort, but as his secrets sink him deeper and deeper into a prison of lies, he knows that he cannot hide his true identity forever. Marrying Ellis is a dream come true, but he’ll never escape the brutal man he is running from.
Soon called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, Jem must fight to stop a powerful monster bent on revenge.
The world building in this story is fabulous. I loved how there’s history included yet done seamlessly so you don’t feel like you’re getting information overload. The scenery is described so beautifully you truly get the sense you’re there. Jem and Ellis love each other deeply and you can feel it coming through in their words and actions.
Some of Jem’s actions and motivations were lost on me. However he has a deeply troubled past so he’s not always completely rational. I loved watching his journey in this story. He goes through so much you ache for him. But he is amazingly strong even when he’s at his weakest. He overcomes things that would kill most people. The final scene was lovely. Getting to see him genuinely happy and feeling worthy of the love and affection he receives if fabulous.
I wanted more Ellis. We get to see inside his head to some extent in this story, but it wasn’t enough. He’s such a well presented character I really connected with him. I wanted to see some more of his motivations and struggles. I’m hoping there will be more books in this world so I can get more Ellis plus more of the other characters too. I will be reading more by Ms. Sky in the future as well. Her voice was wonderful and I hope to see more by her soon.
Kayleigh Sky is a writer of M/M erotica romance.
Kayleigh’s stories are tales of struggle and pain, loss and despair. Love is won in the battle to rise out of the depths of darkness. Victory is in the sweet bliss of happily ever after.
Once upon a time, Kayleigh hid out in a cold, dark garage reading a book her parents had just told her she wasn’t old enough to read. She was nine. The book? Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, a story of love between two men—well, actually the story was a little more complicated than that, but hey, she was nine
And then? A light, a passion, a sheer joy for love in all its manifestations awoke.
And love between two men—hot!
Kayleigh’s men are often broken, always brave and always memorable.