Mianne Barker sat in the pilot’s seat of the Green Fairy and pondered her nails. She really needed to get to a groomer that had industrial equipment. Soon.
The Fairy put an image of pretty fingernails with a French manicure into her mind.
“Yes, I will get something pretty if I can find someone. Since my alteration, my nails are so thick, they are deadly. Mind you, I suppose I could start whittling with them.”
The ship gave her another image of her wearing a sarcastic face, and Mia laughed out loud. Projections of herself had taken some getting used to, but now, it was a simple part of being a symbiote to a living ship. Of course, the purple hair was new, left over from her last shore leave.
She got a bleep from her dispatcher and looked up. “Green Fairy, Garden speaking.”
“Hello, Garden. I have a Guardian pickup for you.”
“Sure, Nitza. Who am I picking up, and where am I taking them?”
“His name is Mercury, and he is a member of the Centered priesthood. He is also a member of Guardian restriction.”
“Oh. So, guns out then.”
“It might not be a bad idea. He’s on Rekkada, and he might have a prisoner with him.”
“Am I flying in hot?”
Nitza grimaced. “It might not be a bad idea. Rekkada is low tech, so you have landing permission but don’t have weapons clearance.”
Garden smiled. “Well, what a coincidence that you called us in then. Good thing our weapons don’t require a lot of tech.”
“I believe that there is some sort of restriction on the priest, so you will have to pick him up manually.”
Nitza cleared her throat. “He is a combination species. They aren’t sure whether he breaks their restrictions, so they are confining him and his prisoner.”
“Why can’t you ever just say that to start with?” Mia gave the Green Fairy the go signal, and they headed off toward their assignment.
“Where would the fun be in that? Giving you ladies assignments is the highlight of my day. I want to draw it out now and then.” Nitza grinned.
“Sometimes, I think you have too much fun at our expense.”
“Perhaps. Are you charged for attack?”
Mia wrinkled her nose. “Perhaps. What is the light situation on Rekkada?”
“Three suns and full light. Just the way you like it.”
Mia chortled. “On my way. I can use a little natural light. The Fairy tries, but sometimes, you want to feel the wind along with the sun.”
She spoke too soon. The moment the words were out of her mouth, she was buffeted by a blast of air. The Fairy was feeling whimsical; there was even some dirt in the wind.
Mia spit some of the dirt out and snorted. “The Fairy is just as excited as I am.”
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Another great couple from Viola Grace. Mia was a human with a severe reaction to UV light. Her dna was mixed and she became a Guardian transporter. Mercury was a priest and Guardian. Their story is short and sweet with a little action and not as much steam as others in the series. It was enjoyable but not quite as much sex or action as other Viola Grace books. Still a nice story though.
Mia’s next assignment is to rescue a Guardian and Priest from a world that has mistaken his body as tech. But when she meets one of her new passengers, she is surprised by her body’s reaction to the silver male. Mercury’s talent led to him leaving his home world. He is a Centered Priest and Guardian, but when Mia’s body triggers an answering response to him, he knows his time as a priest is over. But can he convince Mia to look beyond the robes to the man within?
Garden by Viola Grace is part of the Terran Times series. Ms. Grace has given us another strong female in Mia. Prior to the biological changes made to her, the sun was her enemy. Now she has control over her body and is able to feel the dirt beneath her nails, all without pain. When a rescue leads to Mercury, she struggles with her physical reaction to a man of the cloth. I loved how Mercury refused to allow Mia’s misconceptions to stop them from coming together. His determination and compassion were great counterpoints to Mia’s strength of will. The road to intimacy was sweet and believable.
I am totally digging these tales with symbiotic ships. The ships are wonderful counterparts and extensions of their female captains for lack of a better word. I found both characters to be strong but willing to bend. This was a wonderful addition to this series and I am looking forward to more from Ms. Grace.
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