Princess Ariana of Valenwood is enslaved by mechanical Automons. The slave colony's virile leader, though outwardly barbaric, has an inner core of nobility that attracts her to him, and their innocent passion becomes the only solace in this hideous prison. When Ariana notices signs that the colony will soon be destroyed, she escapes with her nameless protector, but he is recaptured.

Bred in the slave colony, Damen doesn't have a name or a future until Ariana gives one to him. Shortly after Ariana escapes, Damen engineers a rebel-lion and successfully escapes with the other slaves. Ten years later Ariana searches for the colony and traces of her slave lover. He's now a pirate and she becomes his hostage. Young love has grown into mature passion, but they each have unshared secrets.

Stobie Piel's tale of revenge and discovery is an exhilarating broth of steamy sensual heat. (Dec., 368 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper