When At the Mercy of Her Pleasure came out, readers clamored for the story of the hero’s brother. I told it in the next book, For Women Only. I love this scene because it lets us see inside his aching heart. It occurs moments before Khyff is kidnapped to force Senth to return what he’d taken. It begins with him looking in the window at a display of crystals. Khyff had been forced to mine crystals like them as a child.
Khyff pressed his fingers against the glass of the window and remembered the scrape of jagged crystals splitting open his scalp. The blinding sting of stitches in raw skin. It was the only time anyone had held him as a child, to keep him from thrashing too hard while they sewed him up. No one wasted anesthetics on slaves. He winced at the memory of cramps in his neck, back, and legs from long hours hunched over or squatting, laboring in the dim light reflected from uncut gems. The burn in his muscles from reaching overhead with a drill, sweat stinging his eyes behind dirty goggles.
Sometimes when he closed his eyes at night, he could still smell the sweat of the other kids. Feel the grit on the floor where they slept in a huddle. They took turns being at the center, so everyone got a chance to be warm once in a while. Even now, when he showered, he washed and rinsed again and again, trying to erase the memory of black dirt crusting every pore.
Hired to steal back a prototype taken by the imperial armada, Senth Antonello retrieves it, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender the device.
Now he has to rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. He must do it in the company of NarrAy Jorlan, a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.
He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
Genre: Military science fiction romance set in a dystopian world.
Heat level: PG13 – sweet romance with a kick
Book length: 59,650 words (full novel)
Publisher: Romance Lives Forever Books
Series: Antonello Brothers (standalone books)
The sequel for this book is For Women Only.
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About Kayelle Allen
Kayelle is a best-selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
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