Review: The Vestal’s Steward by Alix Nichols

Review: The Vestal’s Steward by Alix Nichols

He guards her life, but she’d better guard her heart.

War is coming. Insurrection brews. But royal prioress Aynu Eckme keeps out of politics. To her, only the temple counts.

Aynu is relieved with her recent hire of Rhori Tidryn, a former prizefighter. He’s humble, competent, tough. Just the man to ensure her safety in such troubled times!

It matters not that he stirs something peculiar in her. Something improper and beautiful…

An insurgent by night, Rhori loves his new job as Prioress Eckme’s steward. Even the worst part—drinking a foul goo every week to suppress his baser needs.

Rhori would do anything for the prioress.

When he takes the vow of devotion, he’s prepared to serve her for the rest of his life. He’d die for her without blinking an eyelid. It would be easy, given how much he worships her already.

The problem is, he worships her in all the wrong ways.

THE VESTAL’S STEWARD is the fifth and final Keepers of Xereill novel. It features Aynu and Rhori’s forbidden romance and concludes the Xereill saga’s Planet Hente cycle.

Recommended reading order:

Prequel novella: The Cyborg’s Lady
1. The Traitor’s Bride
2. The Commander’s Captive
3. The Dragon’s Woman
A Night of Amity (newsletter-exclusive companion novelette)
4. The Samurai’s Lover
5. The Vestal’s Steward

My Review:
Title: The Vestal’s Steward
Author: Alix Nichols
Format: Ebook
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Standalone: Not really
Part of a Series: Book 5 of 5 in the Keepers of Xereill series
POV: Mostly Rhori and Aynu
Steam Level: Slow burn to warm

The Vestal’s Steward is not only Rhori and Aynu’s long-awaited story but also the climax to this gripping series. The Vestal’s Steward explodes with all the characters in place. The chess board is set up but there continues to be deception and betrayal. This was a great end to this series but I also wanted to see more. I need one more – an extended epilogue to satisfy me completely. Alix Nichol’s Sci-Fi romance was fun and a gripping page-turner. Intricate and immense with characters and places this is worth the read. If you’re looking for a unique sci-fi romance then check out this series.

I received an advanced copy of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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