Ariana Skyee has been the center of Zane Anders’ world for years. They got together as a couple eight months ago; so, Zane finally has the girl of his dreams. Life should be peachy.
But it isn’t.
Haunted by a shared secret that threatens to destroy their relationship and claim their sanity, Zane is on a one-man mission to prevent Ari from falling apart.
Then Commander Skyee drops the biggest bombshell of all and everything Zane has taken for granted about the future is shattered overnight.
Always and Forever: That’s what Zane has promised Ari.
Keeping that promise is about to become the hardest thing he will ever do.
Special Note from the author:
This Novella is narrated solely from Zane Anders’ point of view, and it depicts the events leading up to Ari’s move to Planet Novo. This is NOT a follow on from where Beyond Reach, Book 2 in the series, left off. This relays events prior to True Calling, Book 1. In order to ensure consistency and maximise reading enjoyment, I recommend that the stories within this series are read in the following sequence:
True Calling – Book 1
Lovestruck – Short Story
Beyond Reach – Book 2
Light of a Thousand Stars – Novella
Destiny Rising – Book 3.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
This novella is exactly what I hoped for and more. I always felt like we missed the part of the story about Zane and Ari their past together and with this novella we finally have that piece of the story as well. It’s a very emotional read and bittersweet, as if you have read True Calling you know what happens next. And it was so heartbreaking to see them so happy and know they where going to be separated.
This novella focusses more on the romantic aspect, although there is also some foreboding for what’s going to happen next. There aren’t many sci-fi elements beside knowing what’s going to happen next, but I think that fit the tone of this novella as it’s more about Zane and Ari their relationship. It’s great to see Zane and Ari together in this novella and knowing that part of their past, it makes it feel more real and detailed to actually have read about their relationship. And it was a fun novella to read, I almost read it entirely in one sitting as I wanted to know more and at the same time didn’t want it to end as I knew the ending wouldn’t be happy.
This novella also makes me doubt again which team I am in the love triangle. Seeing Zane and Ari together like this makes me realize how great they are together and good for each other. I am hoping there’s still hope for Zane as I think I like him a bit more than Call after reading this novella. It also makes me understand him more and realize the depth of their feelings.
I didn’t like that Zane kept something from Ari although I understood why he did so. There’s also the issue of the ‘secret’, something that happened in the past and what Ari remembers at the end of Beyond Reach, although we don’t learn what it is. This novella doesn’t tell us what happens either, but there are some hints and I have my guess of what happened. I am assuming we will find out what happened in the next book and I am really curious. It’s frustrating sometimes to know the characters are keeping something from the reader, but it does keep the mystery going for a bit longer.
This novella really ads something to the series and makes me better appreciate and understand what Zane and Ari went through and I feel so sorry for them for what happened. It adds a piece to the story that I felt was missing before. While it chronologically takes place before True Calling, I think it’s best to read it between Beyond Reach and Destiny Rising.
To conclude: I really enjoyed this novella, it was emotional and bittersweet and exactly what I hoped for. I do feel conflicted about the love triangle as I like this glimpse we got of Zane and Ari together. This novella perfectly bridges Beyond Reach and Destiny Rising and I would recommend to read it between even though chronologically it fits before True Calling. All in all a great novella and I am even more excited about Destiny Rising now!
You can add Light of a Thousand Stars to your to-read list on Goodreads
Other books I read and reviewed by this author:
– Siobhan Davis – True Calling (True Calling #1) – 4 stars
– Siobhan Davis – Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) – 4 stars