Series Connection: Blood
Genre: Sci-fi/ Paranormal/ Shifter
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing
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Introducing readers to a whole new world, Alianne Donnelly does a great job of developing her descriptive environment. The year is 3028 and earth as we know it is over crowded. New planets have been explored and prisons are located far away from Earth.
Dara is an untrained telepath, who doesn't really want any thing to do with her so called gift. When she sees a murder through the murderer's mind she doesn't know what to do but go to the police. Unfortunately for her, the world doesn't believe in telepaths and everyone assumes she has something to do with the crimes. She is quickly charged and convicted of the murder.
Now on a prison planet, Dara is forced to watch every move she makes as she is thrown in with a bunch of hard core men. Their thoughts and dreams being transmitted at her is almost more than she can stand. On the upside she is given a telepath for a roommate. For some reason Tristan takes to protecting Dara from the other inmates and begins to teach her how to handle her gift.
Tristan has his own problems. The prisons of the future use the prisoners to conduct experiments on. Over a year ago, Tristan was given drugs that the scientists thought would allow him to shift into a tiger. When nothing happened they assumed it was a failure and moved on.
Suddenly with Dara there to protect, animal instincts start to take control of Tristan and he needs to learn how to control his animal before it either kills him or he kills everyone around him, maybe even Dara.
This is a long story with a lot of descriptive passages and combining romance and suspense. The author combines both science fiction and paranormal genre into the story.
They say no good deed ever goes unpunished, a sentiment Dara understands fully now that she is paying for a crime she didn't commit. It was stupid to call in a murder she didn't really see. But how could Dara have kept silent? Now a stunning -- scratch that, a dangerous -- man with a frightening secret of his own is telling her he can help. Yeah, right. A telepath knows better than to trust mere words.
The last decade of Tristan's life has been penance. All that time spent among the worst dregs of society might have made him begin to question his humanity, but he’s never felt so much like an animal as he does around this timid, delicate female. Her very presence stirs the beast within him; Tristan can feel it growing stronger every day. Any more time with Dara, and it might overpower him completely. But without her, he stands no chance at all...