One horrendous act meant to destroy her. Only one night to fulfill a lifetime of passion. Could fate be this cruel?
Rina Daniels has lusted for her sexy Cadari friend for years but never acted on it. When the opportunity presented itself she ran, only to find herself in the hands of his enemies. Forcefully converted to the sexual being known across the universe as tagratis, she is now doomed to spend an eternity unfulfilled.
Kandos Strabuquar hates himself for not protecting Rina. He never should have allowed her to remain on his planet, even if it was just for a visit. An aquamarine necklace and an experimental drug are their only hope. Will it be enough?
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Cadari Lover by Cara Carnes
"You know me too well, Solvan."
"Perhaps not well enough. I hadn't realized until this evening how much Rina meant to you. I thought she was just your friends' sister." Kandos felt the tenseness in his shoulders and clenched his fists.
"What makes you think it is more?"
"The Kandos I know would not break Cadari law to save anyone he didn't love." He allowed his gaze to slide over her sleeping form once more.
"We are allowed to kill when necessary. The Council would never question my decision to do so. They have more than plenty of Zacori in restraining facilities off-world to perform all duties needed." Laughter followed the statement.
"Do you really think that justifies it? Cadari haven't killed anyone outside of war in centuries, yet you did for Rina." The accusation was flung across the room as Solvan sat down in his chair.
"They declared war the moment they took her, but you are right. I must remain calm for her sake." Kandos walked toward the door, but his friend's voice stopped him.
"I did not explain anything to her." Solvan never could handle emotional tasks. His empathic nature made it far too difficult. Kandos nodded, knowing he was being read but not caring. "She fought hard. You got her here quickly, and I was able to prevent a full conversion."
Her petite frame did no justice to the proud fighter spirit she possessed. Recordings of her capture showed she fought harder than any human female when they injected her. They outnumbered her though and the vile drug began to invade her system, changing her into the sexual creature known across the universe as a tagratis.
The anger raged within him as he remembered the tape. Her screaming his name. The guilt ate away at his heart as he walked into the stark white medical chamber and sent the nurses away with one scowl. He looked around the large chamber, the panels of the room covered with monitors that quietly did the tasks of a fleet of doctors. He saw three artificial medical assistants cowering in the corner of the room, their red laser eyes roving from side to side as they watched him. Clearly they had already been told about his transgression earlier and chose to remain out of his reach.
His eyes adjusted to the amber-tinted lighting in the room. It was supposed to create a calming tone for the patient, but the anger in him refused to accept that fact. The bed sat in the center of the room and was elevated slightly. It looked uncomfortable, but he knew from personal experience that it was like floating in air.
"Kandos. You're here." The soft voice caught him off guard. He pulled the long, silky, golden curls from her eyes. She had yet to open them, but he knew he'd no longer see the beautiful, sparkling topaz color he had become obsessed with. He prepared himself when her lids fluttered.
The shimmering gray depths held pools of unshed tears and her lower lip began to tremble. He sat down on the edge of the bed and gently pulled her into his arms. "Do not cry, Rina. Dying a thousand deaths would be easier for me to deal with than seeing you cry. You are alive, and that is all that matters."