New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of science fiction, urban fantasy, and pararmal romance brings ather action-, adventure-, and suspense-filled story to transport listeners out of this world.Jo Strauss is committed to two things in her life--her family and her life as an acrobat/high-wire performer; she takes both very seriously. Her life is orderly, in control, and she is finally settling down in one place so she can spend more time with her parents instead of moving all over the world every few weeks. To celebrate her and her younger sister Star's one year anniversary away from the circus they have grown up with, they meet River Knight, their childhood friend and sister of the heart, for a vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. Everything is going as planned until she and her sisters are kidnapped. Now, she finds herself transported to ather world. Aliens, warships, battles, and a certain male all were t in the carefully detailed plans she had mapped out for her life.Mata Ja Kel Coradon is the second son of the ruling House of Kassis. He is kwn as the dark brother, a reputation that he lives up to. He has fought hard to protect his family and the people of Kassis, at times sacrificing parts of his soul to do so. His kwledge, skills, and development of weaponry are legendary. His skill as a warrior brings shivers of fear to his opponents who kw he never offers mercy to any who stand in his way.Mata is in total control of his world until one slender, feisty alien female crashes through the shields he has placed around his heart. She is fearless, determined, and stubborn. She absolutely refuses to cower before him, matter how much he growls. He is determined to protect her and claim her as his own but there is one little problem--she will t agree to accept his claim unless he returns for her parents.Now, he has even bigger problems that come in all different shapes, sizes, and species. The return trip is fraught with eugh dangers, but Jo and Star's parents aren't the only ones coming back to Kassis--so is the circus family who had gathered to help look for their missing family members.Traitors, pirates, and mimes are just the tip of the iceberg of trouble gliding through warp speed to his home world. Mata is about to learn that the prophecy that was foretold centuries before is true. His mate is just as much of a warrior as he is and she comes with backup when an old enemy attacks.