"This intergalactic romance follows all the tropes of a standard romance, but still managed to keep me wondering how it would resolve. The details of the three worlds (including the starship) were robust and incredibly distinct from one another, especially the harsh, stark Alkirak where they grew into their love. The characters evolved believably, flawed enough to enable the twists, but not cloyingly so. I would have liked to be more surprised, but I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway."
Survival is hard enough in the outer colonies - what chance does love have?
Life can be harsh and lonely in the outer colonies, but miner-turned-farmer Abraham Bauer is living his dream, cultivating crops that will one day turn the unforgiving world of Alkirak into paradise. He wants more, though. A companion - someone quiet like him. Someone to share his days, his bed, and his heart.
Gael Sonnen has never seen the sky, let alone the sun. He's spent his whole life locked in the undercity beneath Zhemosen, running from one desperate situation to another. For a chance to get out, he'll do just about anything - even travel to the far end of the galaxy as a mail-order husband. But no plan of Gael's has ever gone smoothly, and his new start on Alkirak is no exception. Things go wrong from the moment he steps off the shuttle.
Although Gael arrives with unexpected complications, Abraham is prepared to make their relationship work - until Gael's past catches up with them, threatening Abraham's livelihood, the freedom Gael gave everything for, and the love neither man ever hoped to find.
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