Series: Terran Times Second Wave, 19
Genre and Pairing:Sci-fi and M/F
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Aster’s assignment as a bodyguard suits her temperament. She likes to boss folks around while keeping them where they are supposed to be. A fan of order, she enjoys her position away from Earth on a world where her services can be of use.
Dressed up like a doll for a costume party, she finds that fighting is part of the local community tradition and calling upon an ancient god is also traditional. She just never expected him to answer.
Yodin is an immortal who has been looking for another of his kind. Aster has only recently shed her previous life and entered the endless lifespan that he currently enjoys, but he intends to introduce her to the pleasure of an eternity with the god of war, death and sex.
Negative by Viola Grace is nineteenth in her Terran Times Second Wave series. It does not need to be read in chronological order. In this installment we meet Aster and Yodin. They seem to be complete opposites and Ms. Grace somehow made that work in their favor. Yodin embodied such dark elements. And when he meets Aster, it appears that her nature will slide right in but Ms. Grace provides a twist. She whisks Aster away and elements of her personality grow in unexpected ways. I enjoyed that Yodin didn’t get everything his way. He has lived so long that he has begun believing his own press and Aster provides a needed kick in the pants for him. I loved that Ms. Grace didn’t make it easy for him. Aster was relatively inexperienced but she was sure of what she needed and she expected Yodin to provide it or move along. She was strong in more than just physicality but also mentally and she challenged Yodin and his thinking. I always love a smart woman and Aster maintain her intelligence even as she fell in love. Yodin courted Aster and I enjoyed the process. The heat between them was apparent but it simmered in the background as these two strong characters worked to figure out how they fit. Ms. Grace did a nice job of allowing both characters to grow into something beautiful together.
Four Twinkling Stars