"Reaches the Heart! A Good Balance of Love and Conflict"
Her people were dying of a deadly virus and she could help
them. Although she was shunned because of her seizures and
considered worthless, Nessa had the skills and was willing
to allow herself to bring a sample of the Orana virus
through dangerous territory to the far away lab with hopes
of finding an antidote. The method to carry the virus to
the lab was to be injected with it. If the trip to the lab
took too long, she would not survive.
Two days out in space,
her ship breaks down and dressed as a Pilgrim, she is
begrudgingly rescued by Chase McKnight. Our hero is
allergic to Nessa's pet lanrax and even worse, a bounty
hunter and her people, Shielders, were his prey. Chase's
work delays his taking her to a drop off point and time is
running out for Nessa. Since she cannot explain why the
need to hurry, she has to avoid contaminating others and
spends time learning his ship and computer... and picking
a couple of children in need of help.
The story unfolds in a consistent manner and it takes
awhile for the love to grow between the H/H and trust is
slow to come even after the love. She does not know that
Chase was formerly a top research scientist, and he does
know that she is heading toward death because of the
plague. I won't tell you what happens, but it is well
worth the reading even before you get to the HEA.
I felt Ms. Spangler dealt well with the heroine's
development of self-worth and the prejudices and plots in
this story. There is a good balance of love and conflict
to make this an enjoyable story.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted September 24, 2001