I, Effing Feline, have orders from my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, to show some of the romance in Newborn, Mr V’s newest science fiction romance. Personally I loved last week’s excerpt, about the salmon run. The thought of all those fish was enough to make me swoon. But he who buys the cat food picks the tune, as they say in Scotland.
And so another excerpt from Newborn. Jo Beaverpaw, has been programmed to kill her alien nation’s number one fugitive, then kill herself. When an injury forces her to outlive her planned lifespan, she becomes attracted to Darby Lapierre, the fugitive’s bodyguard.
In this snippet, Darby has helped Jo practice walking. They are outside, near a woodshed.
I pictured Darby shirtless, sheened with sweat, whipping an axe through the air and then down with controlled male violence, the kind of violence that built rather than destroyed. And then I pictured him catching his breath, still shirtless, smelling flagrantly, gloriously male.
I felt a little breathless. Against an outside wall, a slab of wood rested on cedar rounds, forming a rough bench. “Can we rest here?” I asked.
I turned around, preparing to sit—and we ended up face to face, his arm around my waist. We both paused; I raised my face, wanting…
Wanting what? Something I hadn’t been programmed to want, but desired regardless. My lips opened.
Effing Feline here again. I can really identify with Jo’s heroic image of Darby. It’s much the way I picture myself while scratching at my scratching post.
She was born to kill
Jo Beaverpaw is born fully dressed, well-armed, and impatient to tackle her Destiny. Namely, killing her alien nation’s most wanted fugitive. Her programmers want her to live a few hours, kill, then die.
Darby Lapierre has the thankless task of protecting Jo’s target while the woman heals from gunshot wounds. It’s a hard job, but not impossible for a skillful bodyguard like Darby.
Until, that is, Jo shows up at the private hospital after an accident. Beautiful, naive, young Jo knows nothing about life and love, and wants Darby to teach her. Just until she’s well enough to attack her Destiny, of course.
And then Darby will be in her way . . . .
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