Yes and no, respectively #mfrwhooks

Time for another hook from Rescuing Prince Charming, a science fiction romance. Dusty Johnson, a mild-mannered tech writers, was searching alone for a time bomb hidden in the mechanical deck of an unfinished starship prototype when she discovered a lone Kwadran* guard who is also searching. She rescues him by helping remove his pants when they got snagged on something in a narrow tunnel.

* Kwadrans are technologically advanced humans from an alternate Earth who are marooned on our Earth.

Dusty pointed her flashlight to help him see, and was rewarded with tight buttocks in typical Kwadran underwear, resembling a thong. She turned her flashlight aside a moment later than she should have.

The ‘travel poster’ for this book

And then regretted it. She’d never have such a chance again—if the bomb went off, she might never have a chance to do anything—so what did it matter if she peeked?

But when she looked again, the tunnel was empty. He’d reached the closet-sized room at the other end. After a moment he shouted, “I have the box.”

Figuring she was small enough to avoid the depantsing shard, Dusty crawled into the tunnel. She bunched his pants around the sharp metal to pad the tip.

“Removing the lid,” he said.

She squirmed to the end of the tunnel and poked her head into the closet. Harsh shadows from his flashlight moved like snapping wolves as he turned to her. “Are you insane?” he demanded. “Or the saboteur?”

“Yes and no, respectively. Is that the bomb?”

“I think so.”

“You think so? What kind of bomb disposal expert are you?”

He stared at the box and scowled. “Expert?”

“Oh, God.” Dusty’s eyes went wide. “You don’t know bomb disposal, yet you removed the lid? That could’ve set it off, you stupid idiot.” She’d done the same thing when she opened the lunch-pail lid, but that was different . . . somehow.

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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.

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.

8 comments

  1. janwal · · Reply

    Enjoyed the excerpt. Your touches of humor are delightful

    1. I’m glad you think so, even though there’s nothing sidesplitting here.

  2. I’m glad Dusty knew what to do with the pants. Does she get a peek? 🙂

    1. Any woman worth her salt knows what to do with a guy’s pants, right?

  3. “Depantsing shard” … now there’s a phrase!

    Love this scene.

    1. ‘Depantsing + anything’ makes a pretty good phrase.

  4. henhousepublishing · · Reply

    What fun!

    1. Holding a ticking time bomb on your hands is fun?

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