I, Effing Feline, live a hard, hard life. To whit, four days a week, when Mrs V (with occasional help from Mr V) babysits their two grandchildren, I must suffer a seven-month-old baby. I’ve taught the four-year-old about my claws; Wesley treats me graciously.
But the seven-month old! Quel horreur! Young Logan likes to grab my tail. Animal cruelty, I say! However, it’s also the perfect segue into this week’s horrifying snippet from Mr V’s science fiction romance, Rescuing Prince Charming.
During the most harrowing — and exciting — ten minutes of Dusty Johnson’s life, she and her mysterious alien companion found a saboteurs’ time bomb, carried it out of the prototype starship, and tossed it into the ocean, where it exploded harmlessly. The bomb may be gone, but their adrenaline isn’t. (Edited from the published version to fit.)
“We did it,” he whooped.
“No, no, you did it,” Dusty said. “That was the bravest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“Without you, that bomb blows apart my face. You were amazing.”
“Without you, that bomb blows up in my arms, because I could never have thrown it as far as you did.”
“Without you,” he said, “I’d still have my pants on.”
“Uh, yeah. I bet you’re cold.” She planted her palms on his buttocks and said, “Yep, you’re cold.”
He reciprocated by grabbing her bottom, saying, “And you, my brave lady, are hot.”
Rescuing Prince Charming
Alien Contact for Idiots, book four
She’s no heroine. He’s no Prince Charming.
Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism when saboteurs try to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. Although she yearns to return to anonymity, that moment of courage propels her ever deeper into dangers that tear the scabs off her dark secrets—and thrust her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.
Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the unassuming heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she is his only ally against Earth’s most elusive enemies.
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