"Commander & Queen - a marriage of convenience can reach the heart"
Though a neutral planet, Queen Zara of Nubria refuses to
break her pledge of shelter to the survivors of a rebel
ship that crashed onto her planet. In hopes of finding the
information as well as gaining control of the planet, the
Union Council is demanding that she wed one of their
Galactic Guard or face war.
Logan was born and raised in the Galactic Guard and now
that the rebellion is all but over, he has begun to long
for a more peaceful life. A just and honorable man, he
wants the rebel threat ended and knows the need for the
Union to protect against neighboring Pharmon Empire. He
arrives expecting to take control and finds that he has
much to learn. He knows little of women and peace and even
less of the Nubrian culture and their faith... and he
As time goes on both Logan and Queen Zara are finding this
marriage of convenience evoking emotions they have never
experienced before. Zara recognizes it as love, but how
long will it take for Logan to get past his hatred for the
rebels to see what is really in his new world?
My favorite type of paranormal is when the heroine and hero
have "something more" of a link to each other, and Ms.
Waddell designed an intriguing tale where a forced
political marriage links a Starship Commander who discounts
such beliefs with Queen Zara who understands the ceremony
will psychically link her and Logan and the dangers that
could bring. With neither trust nor love, their commitment
and values forge the initial bonds which will grow and will
either destroy them or make their lives extraordinarily
The interplanetary settings are an imaginative selection
for the story's background but the soul-deep values and
honor even in conflict are those which will reach every
readers heart. The writing style as well as the story
makes this an extraordinarily fulfilling reading experience
for those that enjoy Futuristic romance.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted October 13, 2002