Title: The Seer
Author: Ariel MacArran
Publisher: Here Be Dragons
Publication Date: February 19, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction Romance 18+
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Discovery means death but Arissa risks everything to save Fleet officer Jolar’s life. Repaying this telepath means saving her from execution and Jolar strikes a bargain that will spare her life. In return, Arissa must join him on a dangerous mission and use her telepathic abilities to help him uncover hidden forces that threaten the Tellaran Realm.
Jolar will do whatever it takes to clear his life debt to Arissa. The only thing he absolutely cannot let himself do is fall in love with her . . .
Note: The Seer is a stand-alone novel but it takes place in a universe (The Tellaran Realm) where one already published book (Stardancer) takes place.
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Arissa is a Seer. As far as Arissa knows, she is the only Seer alive since they were all extinguished hundreds of years before. Jolar is a Fleet Commander. Going against all of her instincts, she risks everything and saves Jolar’s life. Jolar vows to repay her in any way he can. Upon finding out that she is a Seer, he promises to keep her secret and is even more determined to make sure nothing happens to her.
The only way to keep her safe is to have her accompany him on a secret mission to find out who is plotting to take over the Tellaran Realm. Throughout his mission Jolar doesn’t know whom to trust and finds out that things are far worse than he thought. Arissa has been raised to hide her powers so when she is promised a new identity in exchange for helping Jolar on his mission, she doesn’t really have a choice but to go. She also isn’t sure she can control it well enough to be any good to him.
During this undercover mission Jolar realizes that he has fallen in love with Arissa. She being a Seer, knows that his love for her is real and her feelings are mutual. This makes the mission all the more dangerous because as much as Arissa can help him with her power, she is now his biggest weakness. She can’t bear to be the reason he fails or worse, loses his life. Jolar also has a big secret he is keeping from Arissa.
Gasping, Arissa stood. “I have to stop.”
“Why?” he asked hoarsely. He stood too, blocking her retreat. “Because you can feel how much I want you?”
“It doesn’t matter. We can’t—“
His breath caught. “You want me too, don’t you? You want me.
“Of course I do!” she burst out. “Did you think I didn’t? That I could just turn off how I feel? That it isn’t agony to sleep next to you every night and not touch you?”
“Do you still love me, Arissa?”
She shut her eyes. If she looked at him she would shatter.
“I love you, Arissa.” His fingers whispered over the skin of her cheek. “My sweet one. My heart.”
She could feel the waves of his love, his desire hot around her.
“If you don’t love me anymore, tell me. I can’t hide my feelings from you, I know that, but I can promise I’ll never speak of how I feel again.”
She looked up at him, at his pained blue eyes and her vision blurred.
“I have to know. Do you still love me, Arissa?” he asked and his voice broke. “Do you?”
“Yes,” she whispered and tears overflowed. “Gods, yes, I love you.”
He promises to help her gain control of her telepathy so they can finish the mission and live happily ever after. Now we all know they will have some obstacles to overcome before that happens. The sex is hot as hell, no obstacle there; but above all, it’s a love story.
“Because—just in case my thoughts and feelings aren’t shouting it to you, my beautiful Seer—I’m madly, wildly in love with you and nothing is going to keep me away from you. Not the law, not the Fleet, not the whole festering Realm.”
“Oh,” she breathed. His love was undeniable—white hot, more unbreakable than tarasteel and the hot waves of it surrounded her, filling her with it’s warmth. “I love you, too.”
The author does an amazing job of writing her characters so that you feel what they feel and see things through their eyes (no pun intended). She keeps you guessing as to who is friend and who is foe. She also does a wonderful job of describing all of these different worlds and their inhabitants. You question everything and everyone’s intentions up until the very end. This is the first book I’ve read from Ariel MacArren but definitely not the last.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author. I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.
~About the Author~
Ariel MacArran has loved books and writing since childhood. Growing up in New York City, her first self-published works (at 5) were made with construction paper and yarn and featured original stories and illustrations by the author. She holds a degree in English and a Masters in Counseling. Ariel lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her family.
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