Science fiction combines with romantic suspense in a stunning novel set in a vivid landscape. Rookie investigator Dina Marlijn seeks a desert killer, but when she clashes with a seductive Outworlder in the rainscape of the heat, does she find love or deception?
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Rookie investigator Dina Marlijn's dream has come true. She's been assigned her first outworld homicide case with her favorite partner, Jon Rzije. Arriving on the tiny desert world of Exodus, Jon is the only man who knows Dina's secret--she's a telepath with powers dangerously close to those of the Dark Star dens, a telepathic race so hated they've been banned as "Dark Outworlders." There's one secret Dina keeps even from Jon. No one hates the dens more than Dina.
But soon after arriving, the dream investigation goes awry. Dina is attacked and left for dead, only to be rescued by Rayn DeStar, enigmatic leader of a band of desert misfits. An outlaw on Exodus, on the run from his own homeworld, Rayn is a dens.
Dina counters Rayn's seductions by manipulating him into helping with her investigation, but soon she wonders who is exploiting whom? The telepathic bond she shares with Rayn draws her deeper and deeper into a web of desire, mistrust, and betrayal. Will Dina's longing to connect with a soul mate be the bait that lures her into the ultimate trap of deception?
"DeStar, will you help me?" Dina's words surprised herself. She sucked in a quick, deep breath that caught in her throat. The investigation, of course. She had to do everything and anything to further the investigation. But somehow she sensed that there was something more, but something she couldn't, or wasn't prepared to put into words. She felt confused, and it scared her. She wondered if the dens was playing with her mind. Damn him! How was she ever to know?
Rayn did understand it better than she did. It was his power. It seduced people, even the strong-willed and clear thinkers. And while his plan of seduction had originally involved a sexual conquest, nothing more, he had to admit to the pleasure he felt at her unsolicited request. He had given her but a tiny taste of his mastery of the mind, and already she wanted more. And you will keep coming back for more, little girl, no matter what your feelings for me are.