She's been CLAIMED by the alien.
Sometimes, dreams come true.
After fighting Earth’s government for fifty years, the Coalition has succeeded in its plan of bringing Human females into space, and Tina Graham can finally live her dream. Assigned as a medic on Deranti Station she has everything she has ever wanted until an unknown alien male rips it all away during a raid. With her dream destroyed and her life forever changed by an alien she’s only met once, Tina must fight to keep her dream alive.
Sorvar, Third Prince of Morgath, wants a mate who is different from the submissive females his people usually steal, and Tina’s just the sort of female he’s been looking for. The feisty human sets his blood on fire the minute she opens her mouth, and one bite is all it takes to claim her. But unexpected complications threaten to halt their relationship before it starts, and Tina must slay the demons from her past to have any chance at happiness with the sexy alien.
While Tina and Sorvar learn to manage the surprising results of mixing Human and Morgath genes, alien and human forces are determined to tear them apart, and steal not only their future but the future of the Morgath people.
Length: 205 pages.
Tina’s heart thundered as screams and smoke filled Deranti station. The lights flickered as a spasm in her chest sent her into a coughing fit that left her bent over struggling to draw in a breath.
She looked left, then right at the intersection of corridors, before spinning in a circle. Everything looked the same. Which way should she go? Did she come from that corridor or that one?
She’d only been on the station for a week, and she’d only been doing her job for five days, which were five of the best days of her life. All her training, all the waiting to see if the Alliance would accept her and now it might be all for naught.
It had been a dream come true when they’d accepted her as one of the first one hundred women allowed into space. She’d dreamed of studying aliens and working in a medical center in space ever since she was ten years old.
It was only one floor! Surely she could make it up one floor to the escape pods. All she needed to do was figure out which of these corridors led to the emergency stairs, and she’d be safe. Or mostly safe. The smoke rapidly filling the corridors made it difficult to see the writing on the walls.
Her soft-soled shoes squeaked on the shiny plate floor as she moved closer to the walls. It took until Tina almost had her nose pressed to the wall before she could make out the writing. Heat bloomed in her cheeks as she checked every wall. She must look so silly standing so close to the walls, but she continued until she found the one that led to the stairs. The small white lights at regular intervals imbedded in the center of the floor acted as beacons to guide her way until the lights flickered again and went out.
Tina froze in the middle of the corridor. Oh, God no! She bit back a whimper. She hated the dark, it terrified her. She’d been afraid of it ever since she was a kid. Unable to move as fear froze her to the spot, every breath rasped out of her each one more painful than the last.
From the cries of the other residents of the station, it became apparent nobody knew what was happening or who was attacking. The alarms blaring and smoke starting to fill the station had sent people rushing for the escape pods, intent on saving themselves.
On her way back to Medical after having lunch at one of the eateries in the retail sector, the alarm blared, which caused Tina to panic. The precious minutes she’d wasted trying to remember where the escape pods were, and an unfortunate wrong turn down one of the multitude of corridors on the station conspired against her bid for escape. There wouldn’t be any pods left by the time she found them if she didn’t hurry. Every minute she spent trying to find her way, her heart pounded harder and her breath wheezed out.
After a week, she knew how to get to Medical from her quarters, from Medical to the retail sector, and from the retail sector to her quarters. The rest of the station was a mystery. There had been no chance for her to explore. One wrong turn in the smoke-filled corridor and she ended up well and truly lost.
The emergency lights flicked on, not enough to completely light the corridor, but enough for Tina to see where she was going. With her concentration focused on following the lights, by the time she realized something was following her it was too late to run. The heavy thudding footfalls and sharp click of claws of a much larger creature were right behind her.
Tina rushed forward, but in her haste, to get away she tripped on her own feet and started to fall. Something grabbed her upper arms from behind and held her steady, startling a scream from her that echoed down the corridor. A hot humid breath blew across her cheek pulling a gasp from her.
“What are you?” A harsh voice growled in her ear.
“Human,” Tina replied as she tried to control the tremble that had started in her legs.
“From Earth?” The growling voice didn’t wait for her to respond. “You are a very long way from home, little female.”
Something hot and wet slicked up the side of Tina’s neck, leaving a damp trail behind, and a shudder rocking her in the alien’s hands, and not the good kind of shudder. Ugh, how disgusting.
“What are you doing?” Tina demanded, but her voice came out sounding weak.
A cruel chuckle blew hot breath against the wet side of her neck. “Tasting you. Checking for compatibility.”
Steel shot down Tina’s back snapping her spine straight. She’d had a very thorough briefing on compatibility. It was part of the study materials of every human allowed to leave Earth. Along with the briefing on compatibility, The Alliance of Federated Countries— Earth’s ruling body, explained that it frowned on sexual fraternization with another species. They liked the idea of having a presence in space, and they valued the security of being part of the Coalition, but they didn’t want any little half humans running around the universe. Any child of mixed genetic material would never receive citizenship on earth.
The human males who had been in space for the last fifty years had mostly avoided fathering half-breeds. One heard a rumor now and then, but there were no substantiated claims.
The men came to the stars to work, experience something different, returning home far better off financially than they would have been if they had stayed on Earth. For Tina, it was an opportunity to learn and have the freedom she was never allowed back home.
After years of careful planning, she had no intention of letting some alien ruin her future.
“Like fuck you are,” she growled. “Let me go, asshat. I’m not interested in your compatibility.”
Another deep chuckle blew hot breath on her neck. “But I’m very interested in you, little female. You have a strong spirit, and you taste good.”
Another wet stroke up her neck made Tina shiver again. Not because she found the sensation pleasurable, but because the male left a wet, cold trail behind. Why did he keep doing that? She wasn’t a freaking lollipop.
Nobody had needed to twist Tina’s arm into accepting the hormone blocker offered to the females before leaving earth. Not having to worry about her cycle while she was in space had sounded fantastic to her and a lot of the other women. She had no interest in getting pregnant or having a relationship with an alien, and the bonus of the blocker was the decrease in sexual need.
She’d left earth to learn, and relationships other than friendship were not on her agenda. She wasn’t going to be the plaything of something far stronger than her.
Tina wiggled and kicked, twisted and thrashed around trying to get away until she sagged in the alien’s hands, exhausted and still exactly where she had been before. Except now sweat dampened her skin, and her lungs burned from the smoke she had inhaled. A violent fit of coughing wracked her body and made her lungs burn.
“A fighter. You are quite the prize human,” her captor growled.
Through the pounding in her ears, she barely heard what the alien said. He’d only just finished speaking when his sharp teeth clamped over her shoulder and upper arm and he bit clean through the fabric of her suit and into her soft flesh.
A scream wrenched from Tina and echoed down the corridor as the alien’s teeth tore into her arm, chest, and shoulder. His venom entered her feeling like acid in her veins. Tina choked on a sob as a burning fire started at the location of the alien’s bite and flared through her. As quickly as he had bitten her, the alien released her.
Gentle hands settled her on the ground, and a hot wet tongue licked the tears from her cheek. “I will see you soon, little human. Wait for me.”
Tina almost missed what the alien said. Fire burned through her body from the site of the bite and radiated out. Her cries of pain echoed down the corridor as she struggled to control the trembling of her body.
How long did she lay in the corridor, her screams echoing up and down? Maybe hours, but it could have been days. All Tina was aware of was the all-consuming pain that burned its way through her body and sent her spiraling down into the black depths of unconsciousness.