*The Seer by Ariel MacArran

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Discovery means death but Arissa risks everything to save Fleet officer Jolar's life. Repaying this telepath means saving her from execution and Jolar strikes a bargain that will spare her life. In return, Arissa must join him on a dangerous mission and use her telepathic abilities to help him uncover hidden forces that threaten the Tellaran Realm. Jolar will do whatever it takes to clear his life debt to Arissa. The only thing he absolutely cannot let himself do is fall in love with her . . . Note: The Seer is a stand-alone novel but it takes place in a universe (The Tellaran Realm) where one already published book (Stardancer) takes place.  

  I absolutely LOVE the cover on this book... it is beautiful and eye catching and was the primary reason why I stopped to take a look. And, I was surprised to find that this was a Sci-fi Romance... so, I had to give this one a go.
I really, really loved the hero and heroine in this book. Their characters reminded me of the old space TV series from my youth. And the whole using "Frack" instead of F*** was kind of funny... reminded me of Farscape. Yes, I'm a sci-fi nerd!
Arissa is a Seer which is not a good thing in this world. Seer's were eradicated due to their ability to interfere with people's minds. Her parents kept her hidden and protected as a child. After they died she was kicked out of her home and now struggles to find safety and a way to provide for herself.
Jolar meets Arissa when she saves him from being blasted away in a back alley and now feels honor bound to help her because of her selfless act.
He ends up soliciting Arissa for help on a mission, using her abilities, in exchange for a new identity so she can remain safe and hidden. While on this mission they grow to love one another.
I loved the overall story but felt that there needed to be a little more focus on world and character building in the beginning of the book. The first half of the book moves slowly but it picks up pace at the halfway point.
If you like extensive world building and lots of detail then this will probably not satisfy... but, if you want some sci-fi lite then this is for you! 

Ariel MacArran has loved books and writing since childhood. Growing up in New York City, her first self-published works (at 5) were made with construction paper and yarn and featured original stories and illustrations by the author. She holds a degree in English and a Masters in Counseling. Ariel lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her family.

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