Our Hearts

L.J. Fleming
Our Hearts
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Luminosity Publishing
Release Date
October 2015
Book 1 of The Seer Trilogy
Alternate Universe, Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

Owen Melonach, a respected Seer, has been injured in a severe accident. When he recovers, his memory from the last ten years has gone. How will he survive without the ability to remember?

Enter Viera Ethesreld, a member of a waning Representative Corps and former queen of her planet. She has known Owen since he valiantly helped to rescue her and save her home world from the ravages of civil war. Now she has been tasked with the assignment of rekindling her friendship with the Seer and watching over him as he recovers.

As the galaxy crumbles around them, Viera and Owen secret themselves away on her home world, but Andor, Owen's former student, comes to claim Viera as his prize and threatens to tear everyone's lives apart.

Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Feb 03, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
193 people found the following review helpful
In the future, people with the ability to see what others can not are highly valued. They devote their lives to serving their missions and trying to bring peace. What do you do when you have lost that ability? What happens when you don't even have all of your memories? Where do you go when your life is so radically changed?

Owen has devoted his life to his work as a Seer. He is highly respected and has also served as a teacher for many years. It has left little room for anything else in his life and Seers are not supposed to develop relationships. When he is injured and loses his abilities and almost his life, he is encouraged to spend time to recover with his old friend Viera who is a member of the Representative Corps and a former queen. Spending time together brings them closer than ever.

It is a dangerous time with some out for total control. Viera suspects what is coming and is afraid of what it will mean for everyone, especially Owen and the other Seers. Viera is happy to help Owen but uncomfortable with the arrangement. She has so much respect for Owen as he was the one responsible for saving her many years ago. She knows he does not remember their fight and how disappointed he was in her behavior. She fears that her past mistake will destroy what they are building. Viera doesn't truly understand how bad it might get when someone from their past comes back to make them all pay.

In a short story, it is often difficult for the author to establish really strong characters and a developed storyline. L.J. Fleming is able to provide a solid foundation for the story in a short amount of time. At its heart, it is about two people facing a choice about their future. After many years on one path, they now have to decide which direction to go. I was left with a very good understanding of the characters and their motivations. Both Owen and Viera are protectors and it is in their nature to sacrifice for others. They are now at a point when they may be ready to place their personal interests ahead of the interests of others. It is not an easy decision for either of them.

It is a dangerous time for everyone as one man is trying to build his power base. Owen's injury leaves him especially vulnerable and his time with Viera becomes so special to them both. Their growing feelings don't feel like a mistake but they are definitely risky. In pursuing their feelings, they make a choice that comes with severe consequences. This is the first book in The Seer Trilogy and it will be interesting to see where the author goes from here. I would like to learn more about his world and its other protectors.
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