Kyrie is the Mistress of Justice on Sirene, able to judge a person’s guilt or innocence with a mere touch. She is invaluable to the planet’s dictatorial leader, Galen, but Kyrie is dying. Abandoned as a child by her people, the Ouri, when they mysteriously fled Sirene, she’s grown up among the planet’s “other” race. Now, at age twenty-five, she must find an Ourian to mate with or die.
Proteus is sent back to Sirene to rescue a child accidentally left behind when he and all the Ouri fled the threat of uprising. But through a trick of time, what he finds instead on his return is an Ourian woman he is forbidden by law to mate with, even if it means saving her life. And when Galen forces Proteus to sexually satisfy Kyrie, Proteus uses every trick at his disposal to keep her alive, all while plotting their escape.
I’ve never read this author before and at the beginning of this story I was a bit worried. Part of the issue was the blurb is misleading. It gave the impression that this could possibly be a Polyamorous romance, and it is not. It also eludes that Galen and Proteus come together to save Kyrie and the planet… which is not quite right. So, when Galen and Proteus, were introduced, who I thought were supposed to the heroes of the story, I expected to at least like them. I barely tolerated both of them for at least 20% of the book, until things unfolded revealing what was really going on.
On the other hand, the heroine, Kyrie, was endearing if strangely naive at the age of twenty-five. I did roll my eyes at her being a virgin, but then much later in the story, a plot twist was revealed that explained why Kyrie was like she was—and then her behavior made perfect sense. She is the true hero of the story and though she has a certain innocence, she’s not a push over or submissive. I enjoyed her character quite a bit. Kyrie’s character steadily grew as she came into her own. Proteus surprised me with his desire to be submissive to her.
Galen… I had a love hate relationship with him. I loved how he was unpredictable but I hated his tendency to permanently remove (kill) everyone who didn’t do exactly as he commanded. I loathed that about him. Then later when Kyrie takes a hard look as what she’s done for Galen year after year, I had hoped that part of the resolution would include righting some of those wrongs. All three characters were very blasé about death and torture which removed a good dose of realism this story could’ve had.
When the huge plot twist was revealed, I devoured the chapters. There is erotic content and romance, but this also has a wonderful storyline that is slowly revealed. Despite the disappointment mentioned above, I enjoyed the book immensely and will be looking out for more from this author.