Title: Storms and Stars
Author: Neena Jaydon
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Villam Elding, Ittuluke (Luke ) tyv Sicinik
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
It’s lonely at the top for Commander Villam Elding, who has always ranked loyalty to the empire and career ambition over romance. He finds it easier to love ideas than people; without military life, he’s lost. Even so, it’s his close relationship with Kardiell, a popular officer, that tears him from his life. Those with competing ambitions try to take Villam hostage to leverage Kardiell’s soft spot for him. In the struggle, Villam crashes the small spacecraft he’s riding. All hands perish except he and Luke, his kidnapper.
Luke Sicinik travels the galaxy performing dirty missions for money to send home. Born on a desert colony abandoned by the empire, he has no love for imperial soldiers. He spent his childhood in a monastery which taught the evils of anything impractical or sentimental. Yet when he crawls from the destroyed spacecraft, his first instinct is compassionate: he drags Villam’s unconscious body free of the wreckage. Stranded together on a wild planet, Villam and Luke know that survival means cooperation. A truce becomes trust, and trust turns to passion, as they struggle to find a new life together — just the two of them against an entire world.
For many years, Villam Elding has worked his way up to becoming one of the youngest Commanders’ of the Imperial Empire. Villam is a philosopher at heart, but he lives and breathes the military, and by the honor of the Imperial’s code. Although he has a few friends, there are still people will do not like Villam, nor do they like that he’s been promoted to Commander, and vow to destroy Villam and everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.
Ever since Ittuluke (Luke) was sent to the monastery as a child, he’s been trained and ordered to follow the strict rules and regulations of these monks. These monks are considered renegades in many ways and are trained to do some unthinkable acts to support their monastery and the people of Luke’s home planet. When Luke is given the orders to kidnap Villam, it’s business as usual, but when things go wrong and both men are stranded on what looks like a deserted planet, they are forced to work through their differences if they want to stay alive.
It’s really hate at first sight for both men, so it’s not easy for either man to tolerate the other. Their beliefs and code of ethics are so polar opposite, they often butt heads. But, to survive they must work through and question everything they’ve ever known if they are to get along and eventually like each other. As time goes by, both of them start seeing each other for the men they are on the inside, and not what they’ve necessarily been trained to believe. Will they be able to work out their differences and trust in the feelings of love they start to have for one another?
I really loved this book! It’s a perfect mix of Sci-fi/Romance that kept me fascinated with both the heroes’ lives and the interesting and creative situation they found themselves in. Both Villain and Luke are very unique characters that do a lot of soul searching in this book. I loved watching their relationship evolving from enemies to lovers. I also appreciated that this didn’t happen overnight. There were times, both men wanted to literally strangle the other, but they somehow worked through it and ended up falling in love with each other.
The story itself moves very smoothly. I will say it was a tad slow at the beginning, but this is necessary because it gives off a wealth of much needed information. This allows us to see where each character is coming from and why they believe the way they do. But once the story picked up it really moved very fast. Ms. Jaydon has a very descriptive storytelling ability that allowed this reader to easily envision everything that happened in these characters lives.
I did hate to see Storms and Stars come to an end. I would love to see what new adventures Villam and Luke get into. But even if Ms. Jaydon never writes another book about these amazing characters, the ending of the book was extremely satisfying and left me with a huge smile on my face.
Reviewed By: Gabbi