Time for another hook from Rescuing Prince Charming. Last week the heroine , Dusty Johnson, was searching alone for a time bomb hidden in the mechanical deck of an unfinished starship prototype, designed by alien Kwadrans.
The previous snippet ended, “She rounded a bank of gauges and saw the tunnel. But a man — or rather, a man’s legs — filled it like a cork in a champagne bottle. Apparently one brave guard valued duty over death.”
Her legs wobbled with relief. “Am I ever glad to see you.”
The tunnel muffled a baritone yelp of surprise. Then: “Take my pants off.”
Dusty blinked. “As pickup lines go, that one’s really bad.”
“An American female,” the guard groaned. “Spirits save me.”
“A Kwadran male with an attitude problem. God save me.”
“My pants are hooked on something, and I can’t reach back to remove them. Pull them down, and hurry. That’s an order.”
“You’re ordering me to strip you?” If she laughed, she’d tumble head-first into hysteria. She held herself to a nervous chuckle, instead.
“I am in no mood for American truculence,” he said impatiently. “I’m staring at an Adidas shoe box jammed between wire harnesses.”
Her chuckle died a gasping death. “The bomb?”
“Pull down my pants!”
I gotta admit, I love this meet-cute.
Rescuing Prince Charming
She’s no heroine. He’s no Prince Charming.
Not exactly the pair you’d choose to defend Earth’s first starship, right?
Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism when saboteurs try to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. She wants to return to anonymity, but that burst of courage propels her ever deeper into dangers that tear the scabs off her dark past — 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 may be his only ally against Earth’s most elusive enemies.