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Universal Defiance Book Five
Harlow is a Subservient, created to serve the military’s needs. Even though her kind’s been freed and she’s managed to become a military captain, she still struggles with relating to humans, many of whom hate or fear her. So when a hot new navigator comes aboard her ship and she can’t stop imagining him naked above her, she has no idea how to handle the pleasurable distraction.
Parker is a genetically engineered soldier, modified to be the strongest, brightest and fastest. But not even he is strong enough to fight the pull between him and his new captain.
As their attraction grows and the affair deepens, they have to work together to stop a political coup. If they fail, Harlow will lose the ship she loves. Parker doesn’t know if she’s capable of sharing his feelings, but he’s willing to risk it all to protect her.
Genre: Erotic SciFi Romance
Content/Theme(s): Military, Telepathy, Genetic manipulation
Release Date: March 26, 2014
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
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The door chime buzzing softly brought him out of his thoughts. “Who is it?”
Fuck! Even with the slight mechanical tinge the intercom gave her voice, his dick hurt at the sound of it. He didn’t know what brought her to his door but he was willing to bet it wasn’t to give him a hand. He snorted at the private joke before shaking his head. Knowing his luck, she probably wanted to talk and make sure they were okay. One look at him and she’d know just how okay he was.
“Now’s not a great time.” Maybe she’d get the hint and just go away. He wasn’t on duty until tomorrow so it wasn’t as if she needed him for anything.
“You’re a fucking soldier. No time is ever a great time. Open the damn door.”
She did have a point. Still, it wasn’t as though she really needed him to let her in. It was her ship. “You’re my captain. You can’t just open the door?”
“I’m not here as your captain.”
That got him off the bed and to the door in record time. His hand shook with nerves as he hit the release. Damn. He wanted her so badly he was a wreck with the hunger. When the door opened he had to take a step away from her just to resist her pull. She looked small and delicate as she stood in front of him. And every instinct he possessed told him to wrap her in his arms and kiss her until they were both dizzy. But he couldn’t. Not yet. Not until he found out why she was here.
He waited for her to step through the doorway and for it to close behind her before asking, “If you’re not here as my captain, why are you here?” He suspected he knew the answer. Hell, he’d put credits on it. But he needed to be certain before he acted.
“I can’t get you out of my mind.”
Interesting choice of words. “And here I thought you were the one in mine.”
She stiffened. “I didn’t mean for that to happen.”
“Whoa.” He threw his hands up in surrender. “You misunderstood. It wasn’t a complaint.”
Her brow wrinkled in apparent confusion. “It should be. I take my crew’s privacy seriously. The only way I can expect them to respect and trust me is if I extend that courtesy. Of course, I hear random questions and thoughts sometimes. That can’t be helped. But I don’t go poking around. Ever. What I did to you, even though it was unintentional, was completely unacceptable.”
He’d been wrong. She had come to his quarters to talk to him and make sure they were okay. He nearly sighed with disappointment. “I appreciate the value you put on the crew’s privacy. Really, I do. But I don’t think you should beat yourself up over what happened. If anything, I owe the apology. I know not to touch a woman without permission. I was raised better than that.”
Her smile was just the tiniest upswing of the corner of her mouth but it transformed her entire expression. It made her playful—mischievous even. And it made his heart race. “I don’t think that was the type of touch your mother meant.”
He chuckled. “My mom was pretty strict. Especially about how a man treats a woman.”
“She sounds like a good mother.” Harlow leaned back against the door and looked down at her feet. The pose was so uncharacteristic it momentarily stunned him to silence.
“But if a woman gives permission, what then?” She tilted her head so she looked up at him through the corner of her eye coyly.
“Then it’s up to the man.” She had to be flirting with him. There was no other explanation to her behavior. Still, he couldn’t quite make himself believe it. If she wanted to flirt she would’ve opened with that. Not with the procedural apology. Right?
“And if I gave you permission? What would you do?”
His heart missed a beat. She was flirting. “I don’t know. Tell me to touch you and we could find out together.”
She looked hesitant. “If I did, it wouldn’t be an order. I’m not your captain. Not right now.”
“I understand.” And he did. They were equals in this moment.
“If you don’t want—”
He couldn’t bear to listen to her indecision and self-doubt any longer. “You shouldn’t be concerned about what I don’t want. What I do want is enough to keep us busy for hours. But what do you want, Harlow?”
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