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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Past Tense by Viola Grace

Past Tense by Viola Grace
Sector Guard 16
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (63 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Mayden Morningside is a Reader who works with contracts and lives a quiet life until her old recruiter from Terra comes asking her to join the Sector Guard. She will have her body changed to match her partner's, a strange but necessary practice when one's partner is a dragon. Harusk is a sleeper, a dragon who chose to preserve his genes through a prolonged hibernation. Waking to find out his perfect match needs a little tinkering is surprising, but his first meetings with her captivate him beyond all of his preconceptions. Not bad for a woman in a tank who cant even curse at the pain of the transformation process.

The Sector Guard just keeps growing. This is the sixteenth book in the series, and I love the progress Viola Grace has made with her imaginative universe.

Mayden Morningstar is a reader for the Alliance, working for the Citadel. Her talent is the ability to ‘read’ people and objects at a touch. When the Sector Guard recruits her to partner with Harusk Koven, she must first go through a transformation to make her compatible with him. Harusk is Drai, a dragon sleeper who chose to preserve his genes through hibernation, and is willing to join Sector Guard at the promise of his destined mate.

Once Mayden is out of the tank, she receives her official title, Past Tense, and a mission to solve a series of political murders. As they settle at Teklan Base, these two new Guardsmen must learn the ways of the Guard. More important, they must learn to care for each other. Can a Terran and a Drai find a way past their differences? Can Mayden adjust to her new role with the Guard, and her partner? Can Harusk gain approval from his mate in order to further the relationship?

This is the first of a series set on Teklan Base, the investigative arm of the Guard, and I enjoyed this story very much. It was nice to reconnect with Finder and Frost, and watch the interaction between the two teams as they worked to complete their mission. Ms. Grace loves to play with names and it is never clearer than here, where she has finally given us a Mayden and a dragon.

Mayden is an adventurous Terran volunteer. Her talent of Reading makes her valuable, and her Terran genes make her compatible to most races. I love her spunky attitude, and her smart and sassy mouth. She is willing to do what it takes to get the job done, and she accepts the changes necessary to make her compatible with her Drai partner. I loved her delight at finding that Harusk could touch her, and she him, without the usual effects of her talent getting in the way.

Harusk is determined to protect and cherish his mate and partner. He is tall and handsome, and, as a dragon, sexy, powerful and magical. He does everything in his power to soothe his mate during her time in the tank, and shows great devotion to her happiness and peace of mind. I love the little detail of him sing in her mind to calm her when she becomes agitated. I also loved the contest of wills between Harusk and the other Drai, Esur, when he and Mayden first arrive on Teklan.

This is a wonderful addition to the Sector Guard series, and I enjoyed meeting the new members for the first time. I hope there is more of the cooperative investigating as this goes on, it is fun to see the teams work together to complete their missions.