At ten, Adara Stone is abandoned by her seven older siblings and left in a group home. As half Wayfarer, she has a talent for flying and escapes into training as the youngest pilot. By nineteen, Adara is aboard the Aegis as a pilot, clashing with the captain but set for seven years of exploration. Under one of the other pilots’ shifts, the Aegis flies into an asteroid storm and is destroyed. Adara survives and saves fifty seven people. The only command crew member to survive, the scrutiny from the investigation lays waste to her confidence. Physically and emotionally scarred, Adara tries to move on.
Captain Decker Flannery gets to choose his own crew for the first time. He is hard on those he interviews. When Adara Stone interviews for the pilot position, he finds her mousy, young and unacceptable. Against his second in command, he passes over Adara Stone and selects other pilots. One of those pilots takes another position at the last minute, leaving Flannery a pilot short. His only choice – take the too young Lieutenant Stone.
Leaving her in no doubt of his opinion, Adara is overjoyed at being able to fly the Pritchard, a Manu investigatory ship in the Interstellar Planets Union. The ship is a dream. Her fellow pilots become her best friends. Commander Hal Beltzon builds her confidence. Captain Flannery undermines her confidence at every step. Rising to every emergency, Adara grows as a pilot, makes friends with more crew members.
Decker finds himself attracted and protective of his pilot. While not forbidden, Decker has never indulged within his crew. He fights his attraction but her sexy gentle nature draws him. As her connection with her fellow pilots grows, a bar fight puts them all at risk. Adara suffers through stitches with no pain meds. Decker finds himself even more drawn to her.
While flying shuttle for an investigation, a man from Adara’s past interferes with the investigation. His daughter has been kidnapped and he is hunting her and her kidnappers. A brother from the time she was in training, Adara and Patr are old friends but Decker doesn’t like Patr touching his pilot. Decker confront Adara about her relationship with Patr. He doesn’t believe they aren’t lovers. Adara tells him to mind his own business. Decker’s jealousy erupts into some hot, rough sex. Adara realizes he is meant to be her life mate.
Guilty over his loss of control, Decker informs Adara she should report his behavior and he will take the consequences. Adara reminds him it was consensual and refuses to report the encounter. Eventually Decker realizes he loves her. They become lovers with Decker visiting her quarters daily. As they grow closer, Adara’s life is threatened by the Barion people who blame her for the deaths of their people on the Aegis. The threat could cost Adara her life, love and everything she has gained being pilot on the Pritchard.
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Okay so I first want to post this before I get into the review. This is science fictionish mixed with romance and a little erotica and let me tell you this is one of the best books that I have read, not this year, I mean period.
So Wayfarer is part of a much larger series of the Wayfarer Clans regarding young Adara who is a wayfarer and the crew that she finally found herself being hired on with. Now Adara isn’t some young kid that is wet behind the ears, she is young, but she is also a wayfarer which means that she went to school years before everyone else, she has hair that wont stop growing/glowing and she has some pretty bad ass piloting skills.
So Adara was part of an accident in which she knew it was going to happen right before it did, but because Wayfarers are not considered the best “species” for their hedonistic ways and some other small issues with normal “humans”. Because of this no one would listen to Adara and although she was able to save many lives, she still has it haunting both her dreams and her official personnel record.
Well finally someone took a chance on her, well technically the first pilot got hurt so she was drawn on to become the third. Once she got on the ship she knew that it was going to be a long three years, less if she was to be fired as she felt was going to happen every other page. Well I mean if she kept her mouth shut then probably she would be fine.
So I like this book for so many reasons. I like the characters, I like Adara being strong in her belief but unsure of how she is supposed to interact with people. I am like this is alot like me. I am great at what I do, but I am not good around people. Then I really like the chemistry between the captain and Adara, I don’t mean the cabin chemistry, I mean the fighting part of it. I guess that is also like me, I need that fight/flight tension to feel alive. I know that it sounds weird but I excelled at jobs that I did that were emergency based. The overall plot of the book is really good, the idea behind it and the racial and societal issues are really interesting.
I want to take a second and talk about the cover. It is black, and it has like 25 lines, I know I could count them but why? I normally like my covers to have something on them, but not clowns and not to much, but honestly this cover really fits the book, I know that sounds wierd, but it is like the cover does not take away from the book at all, and you have NO idea what to expect from the book, I mean it is a plain black cover. But seriously there is something about it that I can’t get over.
So all in all this is a series book that has humor and is just a really good read, I finished it on a flight from Newark to Puerto Plata so about 4 hours.