Book 6 of the Star Quest series
Heroine and Ted have been friends for a long time, owing to the interaction of their parents. Though they were of different species, Heroine being a half-lion, half-human, while Ted is a full human, they were inseparable…until a hurtful act in their teens drove them apart. Years later, when they met again, their feelings and their past came back to haunt them, and they would need to get over them to fight a common enemy.
I believe the author has done a wonderful job depicting their relationship and the growing feelings between them, turning them from best friends to "enemies" and later, to lovers. Each couldn't help the attraction to the other, yet they were both afraid of rejection (due to what has happened in the past). I like how the author didn't explain away the past hurtful situation as a misunderstanding, but portrayed it in an honest way, showing that the characters are human, flawed, and prone to do thoughtless acts. And in that manner, gaining the sympathy of the readers, because we can relate to them.
I finished the book in one sitting, because of the compelling writing, and I can't help but root for Heroine and Ted to get their happy ending. Kudos to Kate Douglas, and I'll be looking for her other works.
Rating: 4 stars