On a planet where romance is mandatory, falling in love can be revolutionary.
On planet Heart, everyone falls in love … either by chance, or by design. The angelians, Heart’s inhabitants, are famous for making arrows that will turn anyone shot with them into a “val,” helplessly in love with a chosen recipient.
Shadow is investigating a case of data theft and possible espionage. In order to investigate, he has to get close to the woman he suspects of being a spy. He doesn’t believe in valentines — real lovers, not vals, with no arrows needed — so no one is more surprised than Shadow when he falls for his target.
Cloudie Skye lives and works on Heart, but she isn’t sure where she comes from, or even who she really is. Murky memories shrouded in pain keep her from delving too deeply into her past. She doesn’t trust easily, but her attraction to the man called Shadow is too compelling to ignore.
As attraction between them grows ever stronger, Shadow makes a discovery that puts Cloudie in lethal danger. Can he protect the woman he’s come to love, or will her life be forfeit to the machinations of a sinister plot?
*A related story to my Apocalyptic Fairytale collection but with a more dark scifi twist.