My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a decent novella.
The Good: Sexy; pretty descriptions of a lush fortune-telling booth, house, and asteroid; interesting world building.
The Meh: The hero wasn’t my style; action was hard to picture.
The heroine is secretly an alien species that has been hunted to extinction because they have god-like psionic powers. Someone has recognized her from her jewelry and is now trying to kidnap her and steal her stuff. She must rely on local law enforcement so that her identity and powers aren’t revealed. A while ago, she trusted a lover with her identity and he sold her out, so she now can’t trust the sexy cop who keeps telling her to trust him. Also, she takes in local orphan girls and trains them to be fortune tellers.
As stated at the start of the review, this was a decent story that mostly kept me engaged; when my mind wandered, it was short enough that I decided to finish it. The cop is trying to figure out her secret for the first part, then telling her what to do for the second. You’d think that he would appreciate that she had kept herself alive for this long and give her some props for handling things herself, but no, he’s too alpha for that. This will definitely make him attractive to many readers but for me it detracted. I kept thinking he was like Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending if he had been way more of a jerk.
I also had a hard time picturing the market and planet. It was really hard to figure out how big it was. That might be my fault – I do skim sometimes! – and not the author’s. The heroine would be running between tents and then pass a floating grav-truck. Or the hero would park at the law enforcement office and then walk (?) to the heroine’s house. Are these like a block apart or a couple miles? It’s nit-picky but it did interfere with my enjoyment. Especially in comparison to the way she describes the food, the tea, the silks, the jewels, the furnishings…those parts are really lovely. I wanted to understand more of what I was seeing.
Overall, I’d recommend it as a quick, sexy SFR read.