Today we have another hook from my WIP, The Seven Foot Cupid. Last week we saw that Ember Dayle is examining a newly drilled hole that provides unauthorized access to an important cave. She’s preparing her high-tech rappel vest to lower her safely to the cave floor — but she’s not quite ready to go.
There’s already someone down there. Tyler Estrella has also been dispatched to the hole, When he calls up to Ember, she jerks, sending her plummeting down. The rappel vest prevents serious injury, but she lands atop of Tyler. He speaks first.
“If you can, ma’am, please get up.” His mouth was so close to her cheek that it was the most natural thing in the world to feather it with the lightest of kisses.
As soon as his lips touched her, she jerked her head up. She stared at him with eyes so wide the whites showed all around her pupils. It was too dark to tell their color.
Without warning, she exploded into action, shoving hard against his chest and belly to shoot to her feet.
“Oof,” he said.
She loomed over him, her posture rigid, hands clenched into fists. Light from above cast harsh shadows over her face, so she appeared more of a creature from a subterranean nightmare than a human being. Her dusty rappel vest was sky blue trimmed with red — Eastcott’s colors.
Eastcott was the rival of his settlement, Westerlin. The competition between the two settlements ran deep, and was becoming downright fierce. But had it exploded into warfare while he hid away from the world?
He rose to a sitting position and felt the back of his head gingerly. His hand came away bloody, but not very bloody. Considering how freely head wounds bled, the injury was minor.
He chose his words and tone of voice carefully. “Are you injured, ma’am?”
Her fists shot open and she patted every square inch of her face, which was unmarked except where his lips had cleaned away dirt.
The Seven Foot Cupid
Book One in the Passion Island Trilogy
Ember Dayle prides herself on handling anything her newly colonized planet can throw at her. After an injury, she’s determined to prove herself again. She gets her chance when ordered to explore a mysterious cave on a wilderness mountain. Until that’s done, the last thing she needs is the distraction of a man.
Tyler, an explorer from her town’s fierce rival, is sent to explore the same cave. Like Ember, he’s been in an accident . . . but he was the only survivor. When he meets her, he’s drawn not only to her beauty and toughness, but by her ability to deal openly with her accident.
Booker is a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret group that hopes to make the colonists stronger, healthier, and smarter by matching people with compatible genes. His first assignment — Ember and Tyler. His strategy — lock them in an abandoned cabin together.
He doesn’t realize he’s locked them in with the fiercest, most intelligent native beast ever discovered. Can love help them survive?