Moira Rahn has been infatuated with artifacts researcher Connor Ryans since she was sixteen. Now a lieutenant in the security force for Eurus Colony, she's followed Connor to Syrian Prime outpost just to be near him, not that he knows that was her intention. Connor didn't seem to want to take their friendship another step further because of their age difference, but the 11 years between them doesn't matter to Moira. Still, she isn't about to ruin their close friendship by trying to seduce him...until he appears in quarters – a voyeur to her act of self-pleasuring – during a radiation sweep that's forced the facility into lockdown.
The sex between them is explosive, but there's something terribly wrong with Connor. He can't speak and keeps disappearing into thin air. Moreover, she's seeing him everywhere – inside the facility and even outside without an EV suit, where he shouldn't be able to survive without one. He's dressed only in a uniform from a past era. He appears to be lost, in pain and desperately in need of Moira's help. Yet, the fully fleshed-out Connor in the archives is cold and distant. He doesn't want her around, much less seem to need or want her help.
Amidst an attack by vicious vipers, no one else sees his apparition or anything odd about the man in the archives, Moira's worried she's seeing things that aren't there. Is she losing her mind? Or is there an intruder in the Syrian Prime outpost? One that's somehow taken control of the man she loves and would do anything to get back?
I've read all of the books in Christine D'Abo's Eternal Bonds series and loved all of them. What attracts me to this series is Ms. D'Abo's superb writing skills. She seamlessly blends her world building, character development and the sensuality of her erotic elements, and she seems to do it effortlessly. I love originality in a plot, and Spectral Bonds certainly has originality. All the plot elements are well-paced and held my interest, from page one all the way through. Both Moira and Connor are likeable, strong individuals. Their rolls are actually reversed in that Moira is the hero of the story, with Connor playing the part of the “damsel” in distress. Unfortunately, with the story told entirely from Moira's viewpoint, we don't get to learn all that much about Connor's character. He's held at a distance for most of the book.
With Spectral Bonds set some years after book four in the series, The Bond That Saves Us, I'm really hoping this is the beginning of a next generation of stories.