A Deliciously Bothersome Cyborg
(Terras Five – Book Three)
By Anne Kane
Genres: Sci –Fi, Cyborgs, romance
He wants her. She wants him. Now they just need to agree to some ground rules.
Liam is the most deliciously bothersome cyborg Emma has ever met. Like most of his kind, he’s arrogant, opinionated, and amazingly good in bed. When he rescues her from a kidnap attempt, he decides he needs more time to get to know her so he heads to the far side of the galaxy instead of taking her home.
Along the way they pick up a furry little creature who turns out to be quite capable of defending itself and are attacked by a ship full of pirates who want to get their hands on the little critter. Life is never dull when a cyborg has you in his sights!
The smile was genuine this time, mischief dancing in those amazing eyes. “Sex with me isn’t going to hurt, unless human females can die from too much pleasure?”
She lifted one brow. “Not too sure of yourself, are you?”
He shrugged, the look on his face decidedly smug. “Never had any complaints.”
“Good to know. Just in case I’m ever really that desperate.”
He lifted one brow. “Is that a challenge?”
She stared at him in silence for one long moment, not a hardship by any means. He was an amazing delicious specimen of a male. Tall and muscular, his broad shoulders tapered to a mouthwatering butt. Thick ropes of muscles crisscrossed his entire body, outlined in minute detail by the tight spacesuit he currently wore. His face was hard and angular, his jaw solidly square. She knew from their previous encounter that he was used to getting his own way, and when he did she wouldn’t mind one bit.
Cyborgs weren’t genetically different from humans, they were actually offshoots of the same species. The humans who had elected to form the cyborg nation opted for a rigorously selective breeding program to give their children the best genetics possible. When the males were toddlers, they were implanted with the cybernetic enhancements that fused to their skeletal and nervous systems, growing with the child until adulthood. The females weren’t enhanced, as the scientists feared what those enhancements might do to their reproductive abilities. In reality, there was no genetic difference between a human and a cyborg female. Hence, the fear that the cyborg nation kidnapped unwary human females to use in their breeding programs.
Emma tilted her head to look down her nose at him. “No, just a statement of fact.” She paused. “Now could you please get me down off this wall? I’m starting to lose the feelings in my hand.”
“I’d think a tough woman like you would be used to a bit of discomfort. Think of it as foreplay.” He flipped the display back to normal, fiddling with the input board in front of him.
“Since we won’t be doing anything requiring foreplay, I don’t think the discomfort is warranted. Now could you let me down?” She paused. Begging just wasn’t in her nature, but she really wanted to get down. Taking a deep breath, she tried to not to let her irritation show on her face. “Please?”
He turned then, and grinned up at her. His eyes danced with mirth. “I bet that was one of the most difficult things you’ve done this moon cycle.”
“Close.” She arched one brow. “Did it work?”
He shook his head. “No, but you get top marks for effort. Unfortunately, I can’t have you running loose on my ship when I need to concentrate all my attention on slipping out of the reach of the Tra’an. I don’t think either of us are interested in tasting their hospitality.”
“True, but if you let me down, I can call the space station for help. There’s a platoon of military personnel stationed there.” She paused as the realization sunk in. “You ran the other way when you picked me up, didn’t you? We could have been safely inside the security zone of my home system by now but we’re not. Where are we?”
“You catch on fast. I like a female with brains. Unfortunately, I didn’t think it wise to show up on a human planet with one of their females held captive and a wild story about Tra’an infiltrating their sector.” He walked over to stand in front of her, and the emotions swirling in the depths of his eyes sent a hint of alarm racing through her.
“Do you have any idea how delectable you look hanging on that wall?” Cupping her chin in his hand, he closed his mouth over hers.
He tasted warm and male and very much in charge.
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