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Denara barely survived her disastrous first attempt at marriage; for years she threw herself into her research, giving herself time to heal. When the opportunity arises to take up a position on the colony, she decides to take a risk for the chance to live, and love, again. Lucius has spent his life under the heel of the ruthless Matriarchs of Verit. Tasked with leading the males of the new colony, he reluctantly accepts the assignment. The last thing he wants is to tie himself to a scheming female through mating, but nothing could have prepared him for meeting Denara. Sparks fly, but can they overcome their pasts to find love? With the political machinations of two planets vying for control over the colony, perhaps together, they can bridge the gap between their worlds.
What to expect: Glorious world building, spicy alien romance, friends to lovers, enthusiastic consent. Recommended 18+ due to sexual content.
Read an Excerpt
“Would you like to see a trick?” He blinked in surprise. “What?”
“A trick? Something that Falosians don’t often show outsiders?” Not waiting for his reply, she stood up and walked to a nearby bush that bore large buds. “I have been analysing some of the ﬂora that the bio teams have been bringing in, and if I’m not mistaken, this is a fruiting plant.”
She reached her hands out to cup one of the buds, and bent to place her lips next to it, whispering, bathing the bud in her breath. Lucius moved next to her, staring in rapt interest. He reminded her again of a huge jungle cat, eyes bright with curiosity. A few moments passed, and she opened her hands to show a peach-coloured fruit, covered in fuzzy blue hairs. She plucked the fruit, pulled her laser knife out, and sliced a section away to reveal the dark blue pearls within.
Lucius leaned in to sniﬀ, his eyes ﬂicking to hers at the sweet smell.
“Go on, it’s perfectly edible. They will start appearing on our normal food rotation soon, now that we’ve conﬁrmed they are suitable for our digestion.”
He took the oﬀered fruit and scooped out some of the pearls, dropping them into his mouth and popping them with his teeth. As he did, his mouth was ﬂooded with a sweet, slightly spicy juice. “I suspect they will be very popular. This would make an excellent fermented spirit.”
Denara laughed. “I will start mixing hangover cures.”
“How did you do that?”
Denara smiled archly. “I said I’d show you a trick, not that I’d show you how I did it. You can’t expect me to show you all my secrets at once.”
About the Author:
All Rose Mackie books have an element of spice, kick-ass heroines, enthusiastic consent and happy endings. Rose has been writing for as long as she can remember, but has recently published her first book, Heart Fire. It still spins her out that people are reading the weird stories she makes up in her head!
Rose has fallen in love with writing, and loves seeing audiences connect with her work and characters, and hopes you’ll love them too!
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