"A compelling futuristic romance"
Oriel's entire life revolved around her career as a
soldier. She's never even thought of doing anything else.
One evening, a drastic measure taken changes her life
forever. She is branded a traitor, thrown out of the army,
and left to her own devices. She is at the mercy of the
outlaws when one sympathetic act becomes her salvation.
Jase is one of the Daamen traders, of a race that treasures
women above all else. When he sees the young former soldier
in dire straits, his heart reaches out to her and he can do
no other than offer his protection and bring her on board
As Oriel recovers from her injuries, she must come to terms
with the change in her life. She is at a loss for what to
do now, for she has no future plans. In her time with Jase
and his crew aboard ship, the two of them grow ever closer,
though Oriel resists the allure of her rescuer. Just as she
is finding some sense of normalcy, her life is in arrears
again with the shocking discovery of treasonous plots
against the government. No one is as they seem and truths
are found to be lies. Is the tender new relationship
between Oriel and Jase strong enough to see them through
this latest crisis?
As always, Angela Verdenius has written a compelling
futuristic romance with Heart of a Traitor. Readers are
drawn into a complex society that spans hearts and galaxies
and are taken on adventures they can only imagine. The
world building is intricately done, from the rigid society
of the military, to the worlds of outlaws and pirates. One
will feel as if (s)he is on board the space ship shooting
through hyperspace with Jase and company, experiencing life
on the different planets as the journey progresses.
Oriel is a proud soldier, known for her skills as the best
sniper in the military. This has been her life since she
was a teen escaping a troubled life. When it all is
stripped away due to conflicting loyalties, she has no idea
how to live. The surprising freedom, if a branded traitor
can be considered free, leaves her in a place to explore
the sides of herself always locked under tight control.
Jase is of a race known for their desire to shelter and
protect their women. From the first moment he sees Oriel in
a bar, something about her compels him. When the
opportunity arises to protect her from harm, he immediately
steps in to the fray, loyal crew members at his side.
Watching the relationship develop between the two will make
readers wish they will find the happy ending both so
Kelley A. Hartsell, February 2006. All
Courtesy CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
Posted April 25, 2006©
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 3, 2006