Time for another hook from Rescuing Prince Charming, a science fiction romance. Dusty Johnson, a mild-mannered tech writer, and a Kwadran* guard have discovered a time bomb hidden in the mechanical deck of an unfinished starship prototype. Now they hurry to remove it from the ship before it explodes.
* Kwadrans are technologically advanced humans from an alternate Earth who are marooned on our Earth.
She retraced her steps to the ladder leading off the Lontreau engine then cradled the bomb in one arm until she reached the bottom of the ladder. The Kwadran was right behind her, shining his flashlight to help her see.
He jumped down the last four rungs. “Hand it over.”
From the front, Kwadran shorts left little to the imagination. Which was a stupid thing to think about at a time like this.
“Give it, you stubborn American. You move too slowly.”
“Carefully,” she corrected. “I move carefully.”
“No time for careful.” He seized the box, hugged it in the crook of his arm like a running back, and raced away.
“You’ll kill us both, you stupid . . .” She followed as he dodged around a tall air filtration casing. He was taking a different route through the machinery than she had. Was it faster or slower? No time even to speculate. With a reckless burst of speed, she caught up to him.
“You’re fast,” he said as he vaulted over an insulated sewer pipe and rounded the purifier complex.
“Track team at The University of Arizona. But I’m surprised” — she slowed to climb over the warm sewer pipe — “to hear a Kwadran admit an American can do anything well.”
He glanced back at her. She wished he wouldn’t do that. If he ran into something, the bomb might explode almost in her face. It wasn’t a world-class face, but her head would look bloody awful without it.
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.