Promise :Alex Wales
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by Yolanda Sfetsos
Category: Science Fiction/Erotica
Description: After Alex Wales crash lands on a planet that doesn't even show up on her navigational map and her ship is damaged, all she wants to do is get help and leave the planet as soon as she can. She's got something to deliver and time is running out. Instead, she stumbles onto a very alluring man who takes her to his village--a seemingly utopian society led by a Priestess. Stuck on this planet with no way of getting off, Alex finds herself drawn to the alluring Damon. But when locals start turning up dead after being mauled and eaten by some sort of monster, she's thrust into the middle of the investigation. As the layers of the mystery slowly unravel, Alex and Damon find themselves facing their pasts, and the many lies woven around the planet of Eden. Excerpt: The emergency lights suddenly flashed on the dashboard in front of her. Out of nowhere, everything seemed to be flashing red and green--mingling together. To have so many lights from several components blink rapidly was bad news. Alex had overhauled her ship only weeks ago, even splurged on paying a professional cleaner to make the exterior gleam. Now, everything seemed to be failing. That wasn't technically possible. The ship was old, but mostly reliable. Alex secured the seatbelt over her shoulders and around her hips. She swiveled in her seat, rolling it forward to take manual control of Promise. Most of the time, cruising on automatic did the job after she programmed the destination codes, but not with everything blinking. It had been a while since she'd completely taken over the wheel. "Damn this!" she cursed as the colors burned into her nerves more than her eyes. What the hell was wrong? She couldn't even get a reading on her location or what the problem with the ship was. According to the controls, everything was failing. She switched from auto to manual control, and wrapped her right hand tightly around the lever. Anteris was too far to try and make it back, now. There weren't any planets nearby, but Alex decided to press the communication button, anyway. "Hello, can anybody hear me?" The response was nothing but static.
eBook Publisher: Eternal Press/Damnation Books LLC/Eternal Press, 2011 2011-06-07
eBookwise Release Date: July 2011
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [300 KB]
Reading time: 178-250 min.
"You know you don't have to leave, right?" The way those dark eyebrows tilted over his dark eyes filled the suggestion with temptation.
Usually, all it took to get Alex back into Ulric's bed was a suggestive smile, and she would forget where she had to go or what she had to do. This time, she already had a job lined up. If she didn't hurry, she'd be late, and she couldn't afford any delays at the moment. Spending a mini-vacation on this space station might have saved her from spending any credits for a few weeks, but her funds were running low, out in the real world. She usually had just enough to scrape by, so forfeiting work was out of the question.
Alex smiled but continued to dress. She ignored the way her skin itched to feel his touch. Ignored all the things they'd just spent hours doing and wanted to do all over again.
If I don't stop acting like this, I'm never going to leave this room. As tempting as Ulric was, she couldn't afford to give in to his seduction right now.
"Alex, I really don't want you to go," he continued, an evocative smirk tempting her further. He lay naked on the bed, and his impressive physique stretched out in all its muscled glory. One hand smoothed down the red, silk sheets barely covering him, showing off what he was insinuating. "Maybe, I should rephrase that to, 'I want you to stay, so I can make you scream some more.' I like to make you scream."
She bit down on her bottom lip. She shouldn't be staring at his obvious show of arousal, but she couldn't look away. He's so darn tempting.
Alex hated to admit it--even to herself--but sometimes, she didn't want to leave his side. When she spent time with Ulric, she didn't have to struggle out there in the big, bad galaxy while trying to earn an honest, or dishonest, buck. Everything came easy to this man, and when she was with him, the same happened to her. Lying around naked and having every meal delivered to this room was a way of life any girl could get used to. Still, she'd never really taken the path of least resistance. Her life had been an uphill struggle for as long as she could remember.
As wonderful as it was to spend a couple of days--or even weeks--doing this, she had a life to get back to. There were places to go and jobs to do. Planets and space stations in this part of the galaxy were so far away from each other, she needed every second she could get to maximize her profit.
Today, she had to be strong and resist his gorgeous allure. Even if she couldn't tear her eyes away from what the silk sheet revealed, now that it sat low enough to expose him completely. Oh, he knew how to tempt her.
"Well, what's it going to be?"
She swallowed the words she really wanted to say. "Ulric," Alex said with a sigh. "You know I can't stay any longer."
"Unlike you, I need to work if I want to eat."
"You eat pretty well here, don't you?" If he hadn't followed it up by wiggling his dark eyebrows, she might have thought he was seriously talking about her actual nutrition and not what they did almost every waking moment they spent together. As much as she enjoyed the endless pleasure Ulric never failed to deliver, sometimes she wondered if there was more to his double entendres when he suggested she stay longer. Lately, whenever she stopped by, he insisted she add a couple of days to her stay. A few days usually ended up turning into an extra week or two of being lost in the luxury of his carefree lifestyle.
She rolled her eyes. "Grow up. You know what I mean."
"Yeah, I know you need to keep that piece of crap you call a ship going." The tease in his brown eyes only made him more irresistible. "Are you choosing your ship over me?"