No matter where it takes place—on Earth, on a distant planet, in a spaceship, atop a galactic space dragon—first kisses are an important part of any budding relationship. Sometimes they can even make or break attraction.
When Uri and Shadi share their first kiss in Gemini, they’ve already gone through quite a bit—meeting on Goliv, being on the run from a bounty hunter, Shadi’s near-escape at a fueling station, and a rather inconvenient marriage of convenience—but they’ve managed to form a bond:
Already, the improved nutrition she’d received over the last several weeks had made a difference. Her waist-length hair bounced with each step she took, and her eyes were brighter, keener. And the sway of her hips certainly caught his attention. She wasn’t the waif he’d stolen from Goliv. Somewhere along the way, she’d become a woman.
A woman who’d risked herself to save him.
When she came back, he noted the grace in each movement, from the way she walked to the way she handed him the compress and sat next to him. “Why did you return for me?”
The gentleness of her fingertips on his cheek managed to cut through the horrible pain in his head. “I had to. You promised to help me. Can’t keep your promises if you’re in the forge.” She kissed the uninjured side of his mouth, and his heart sprinted into high gear. “Besides, what kind of wife would I be if I left my dear husband to rot?”
“In my experience, a happy one.” He took a chance, cupped her cheek with his palm, and to his amazement, she leaned into his touch. For the first time, he noticed the flecks of amber in her irises and the light freckles on her skin. Then she kissed him again, and he pulled her tight, desperate to feel her body pressed to his. He tangled one hand in her long hair and moved the other to rest on her hip. All the pain in the universe couldn’t strip this pleasure from him.
When she pulled away, she smiled and blushed and curled into him, resting her head on his shoulder. “I can’t do this without you. I won’t do this without you.”
“Good. Because I won’t let you. I mean what I said, Shadi. I’ll help you find Shilah.”
“I know. We just need a place to start.”
They make me so happy ^_^
What are your favorite first kiss moments?
Being one of the Embassy’s glorified treasure-seekers has its perks… Komandan Uriah Jacobs recovers ancient artifacts in exchange for more than just decent pay; he also receives guaranteed protection from his former owners, the nyx…until an emergency landing on a too-familiar colony brings him face-to-face with his past life and something more—a surprisingly priceless treasure in the form of a human woman. A slave to the nyx since childhood… Shadi spends her waking hours in the forge, dreaming of rescuing her brother with the help of a man she once worshipped like a father. A crashed ship on the colony becomes her only hope to escape. But before she can steal the ship, the pilot abducts her. They may be the same species, but will he help her find her Shilah? Their attraction is undeniable… Fighting it seems inconsequential as they evade the nyx’s bounty hunter and uncover a conspiracy that shines unwanted light on Shadi’s past and reveals the corruption in Uri’s beloved Embassy, placing their fledgling love in danger. As the universe systematically falls apart, will Shadi and Uri’s newfound passion be enough to keep them alive?
A Review by Beckey
The story was a unique take on a Grimms Fairytale… It was a steady pace read that kept this readers interest and captivated her… The SciFi elements were great. The only thing that I was disappointed was the ending. Yes the main character had an HEA ending but it was WIDE open and left a few unanswered question what about the embassy and Anita… What happens to/with this…
Overall Ok kind of story.
Catherine Peace has been telling stories for as long as she could remember. She often blames two things for her forays into speculative fiction—Syfy (when it was SciFi) channel Sundays with her dad and The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. She graduated in 2008 from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in English and is still chasing the dream of being super rich and famous, mostly so she can sit around in her PJs all day and write stories. When not being a slave to the people in her head, she’s a slave to two adorable dogs.
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