As promised, today I bring you an excerpt from Kayelle Allen's
At The Mercy of Her Pleasure.
AND A GIVEAWAY
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At the Mercy of Her Pleasure will be out of print after February 28th, so this is your last chance to grab a copy of the Loose Id edition. It will be re-released with slightly different material in the fall, along with a new sequel, and its previous one.
Antonello Brothers 1: At the Mercy of Her Pleasure
When the mission goes wrong, risking pleasure is the least of her worries, but Captain NarrAy Jorlan can't get professional thief Senth Antonello out of her mind -- or her heart.
Reader warning: This book is about a professional thief. The author claims no liability for items missing once the book is open, including hearts.
NarrAy returns to her cabin aboard ship after a debriefing. Because she is a Better, an enhanced human, she has become attuned to Senth. She can physically sense when he is in danger.
All People's Liberation Army Ship Vandal
NarrAy unlocked her cabin and entered.
"Senth?" A darkened, empty room greeted her. She set a hand over her chest. Tight. Hard to breathe for a moment. She shook off the feeling. Guess Senth went for chow. She headed back into the corridor.
"Warning. Weight limit exceeded." The gender-neutral, robotic voice sounded as if it had come from inside her cabin.
NarrAy poked her head back inside. The tightness in her chest increased. "Senth?" His bagbot had been activated; its lights were blinking. She entered the room and shut the door behind her. "Lights on full."
Ambient lighting went to bright.
"Warning," the bagbot announced again. "Weight limit exceeded. Please remove items until optimum weight condition achieved."
NarrAy approached the bagbot. "What the..." It swayed like a drunkard.
"Senth!" NarrAy grabbed the retractable doors and forced them apart.
He fell out of the bot and collapsed onto the floor, gasping for breath.
She helped Senth to the bed. "Who did this to you? What happened? I'm calling security."
"No!" He clutched her arm. "NarrAy. Sorry." He took shallow breaths. "My fault."
"What happened?" She picked up a booklet from the desk and used it to fan him. "Are you all right?"
He grunted and turned on his side, doubled over.
"I'm calling sick bay. You --"
"No! NarrAy." He shook his head and took a deep breath. "My fault. I was trying...test. To see if...if..." His hand tightened on her arm as he looked away from her. "So stupid."
"I don't understand, Senth. What happened?"
"I was bored, so I…" He pushed his face against the bed, avoiding her gaze. "I break into bagbots all the time. I thought I'd try breaking out of one."
"You did what?" She sank to the floor beside the bed to be at eye level with him. "Senth, you could've been killed!"
"Once I got the doors closed, the bot kept trying to compact itself."
All at once she glimpsed the future she'd have with Senth if she pursued him. Her wild missions paled compared to the thought of a life full of stunts like this one. Finding him locked inside some bagbot or cabinet or safe. Having him risk his freedom for the sake of a few rare coins or an old locket like the one he'd stolen for her. Thievery commonplace in her life? Her parents would never, ever have approved.
Which was why she had to give that future a chance.
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Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award-winning Science Fiction Romance author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary characters, role-playing immortal gamers, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable.
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