Sweet Starfire (Colony Trilogy) - Jayne Ann Krentz
It's one of Krentz's earlier books and it's interesting to see her play with some of the ideas she develops later. The pace is fast. The two characters memorable and work well together. Not sure how much the rug pet helps the plot--I definitely prefer her later work with the dust bunnies on Harmony. But I'm glad I bought the book. It's definitely on my re-read shelf.