In a galaxy parallel to the Milky Way, bounty hunter Ladan seeks the last surviving Geala because this gentle, peaceful race are the only ones who can save the world from the dreaded Dyne.

The Dyne are also hunting the last Geala to prevent his reactivating a computer that will defeat the Dyne assault. Dyne Fighters bomb the Geala's secret home. By the time Ladan arrives, only the daughter, Talia, is alive and she is tasha, a half breed like Ladan.

Talia knows nothing of the world outside the valley. Her dying father assures her she knows how to start the computer-but she doesn't even know the name of his race until now. She shares the physical delicacy of her father's people, but she'd never before experienced the Geala gift of telepathy.

Ladan's outwardly violent nature battles the traits of his mother's people, while Talia's outwardly peaceful self is at constant odds with the traits of her mother's warrior race. Each of the unlikely loves unleash strong, turbulent feelings in the other.

Though the premise may seem relatively simple, LeAnn Harris stays consistent in creative choice and brings sexual tension and strong characters together with magical effect. This is romance at its best. (May, 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger