Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Mail order bride, Carin Tully, arrived on the frontier planet, Palomar, hoping for a better life–with her new husband Gabe Cooper. Like all the guys on Palomar, he hadn’t seen a woman for fifteen years–since the plague that had sent men and their sons fleeing to this outpost on the edge of civilization. Carin wants to seduce Gabe and prove she’s up to the job of farm wife, but she’s hiding a secret that could destroy their marriage before it has a chance to succeed.
A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-selling and award-winning author, Rebecca has written over 145 books and novellas. In 2011 she became the dozenth author to receive the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award for having written 100 romantic novels. Her Killing Moon was a launch title for Berkley’s Sensation imprint in June 2003. Five more books in the series have followed.
Rebecca has authored or co-authored over 65 romantic thrillers, many for Harlequin Intrigue’s very popular 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and many with paranormal elements.
Her many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and for Series Romantic Mystery. And her Peregrine Connection series won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense Series.
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This story starts out with a young woman landing on a strange planet to meet her new husband. She’s a mail-order bride looking to get a second opportunity at a decent life.
I was quickly reeled into the storyline and gained empathy for Carin who felt this was her last chance. It reminded me of the pioneer women; stronger and braver than they even realized they could be.
When Carin’s new husband is injured, and it’s left to her to provide for them and take care of the farm, she digs in and doesn’t give up even though the circumstances are far outside her comfort zone.
A misunderstanding rips these two apart and the reader is left hoping they will overcome their differences and find their happy-ever-after.
Rebecca does a great job of world building and creating complex characters in the limited space of a short story.
But when she thought of Gabe and his reaction, the fantasy of raising her child in this environment evaporated like mist burning off in the morning sun.
I give Firelight Confession 4 lovely kisses