Keeper of the Rings by Nancy J. Cohen
Approx. 116,810 words.
Published on July 26, 2011.
Leena is an expert on the carvings left by the ancient Apostles who established the religion of Sabal on her world. When a holy artifact is stolen, she is assigned the task of locating it along with Taurin Rey Niris, a mysterious stranger engaged as her protector. Together they face evil adversaries and develop a love endangered by secrets from the past.