Time for another hook from Rescuing Prince Charming, a near-future sci fi romance. Dusty Johnson, a mild-mannered tech writer and an alien Kwadran guard have discovered a ticking time bomb hidden in an unfinished starship prototype.
After a wild fifteen minutes, they throw the bomb from a terrace into the ocean, barely in time. Then, because the inimitable thrill of danger made them feel so close so quickly they make love.
“I never knew,” Dusty purred, a delicious time later.
They lay on their sides, facing each other. He was naked; she almost so. As his finger circled her nipple, he looked at her body. She liked that. Liked him. He wasn’t deceitful or mysterious or even arrogant.
Well yes, he was mysterious, but in a good way. And yeah, probably arrogant, as well.
“What didn’t you know?”
Dusty shook her head, reluctant to analyze. All day every day, she analyzed and sought shades of meaning in technical documents, but right now she just wanted to feel, not think.
The best part of their joining, even better than when he’d let her control him, had been when he rolled atop her and took total command. Aside from groans and gasps, he hadn’t uttered a word, but he raised her hands over her head and held them there as though to say he’d let her have her fun, but he was too mighty to rule for long. His self-confident humility, followed by a display of masterful testosterone, was a combination she hadn’t realized was the key to unlocking the ultimate in bone-deep fulfillment. It was as though he knew that, although she gloried in the uncharacteristic sense of power her heroism had given, she would eventually scorn a submissive lover.
“You are content?” he asked.
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.