Title: Ariella’s Keeper
Series: Divinity Healers (#1)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance
Release Date: 22nd May 2013
Challenges: COYERScavenger Hunt
With her family dead and in a dimension that is not her own, Ariella is a prisoner. Her keeper, Medical Supreme Walter, has infected her with a virus that only he has a cure for, and uses it to force her to do everything he wants her to. When this includes marrying his son, Dr Sebastjan Walter, Ariella still has no choice. But Sebastjan was forced into the marriage too, and before long the two of them realise that they’re not only physically compatible, but that they could be very great allies and maybe even more…
I was excited to be returning to the Divinity universe but with a new series (I’d previously read the Divinity Warriors series) and was interested to find that though Divinity Healers is set in the same universe it is actually set in a different dimension. It added an interesting development in the story, and I liked that though it was in a different dimension there was a catch up with some old characters from Staria.
I felt sorry for Ariella at the start of Ariella’s Keeper, she seemed to have suffered a lot and that was sad. This actually went on to the point where I felt that Ariella wasn’t really her own person at all. But as the book progressed she definitely came into herself more and more which I did like.
The romance between Sebastjan and Ariella was a slow burn. They were forced together and seemed to accept that, but their relationship progressed from having just met, to friendship, to more. I liked that it happened more slowly with the feelings coming. There was also no denying the feelings, they both accepted what they felt for the other person.
One thing that didn’t take them long was discovering compatibility physically. They had a lot of sex in the book, and it worked as a platform for their growing relationship. The chemistry was there, making the sex scenes work.