My Name Is A'yen
Book 1, A'yen's Legacy
Rachel Leigh Smith
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
"Guaranteed to steal the heart of any fan of tortured heroes." Pippa Jay, author of Keir
"An intensely emotional tale." B&N SFF blog
They've taken everything from him. Except his name.
The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A'yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master's murder, has sucked the life from him.
Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant of the galaxy.
Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A'yen's trust. But she's a breeder's daughter and can't be trusted.
Hidden rooms, information caches, and messages from a long-dead king change A'yen's mind about her importance. When she's threatened, he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeders Association's radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.
I thought that this was going to a great romance from the intro and it wasn't bad, however she didn't quite pull of the tension between characters that makes for interesting reading. Friends of ayen repeatedly remind him that he is a human being with rights. I felt it was an overly repeated pep talk. That he didn't need because he never questions this. Not a lot of soul searching for this character but just fighting for his rights. Characters seem to be good or bad but no shades of gray. Not a bad story but could be so much more.