Second in the Eternal Bond series
Sara has been so busy saving the lives of others, her own life has passed her by. But when a mysterious alien captain crash lands his ship on the Eurus colony, Sara feels an unexplained attraction to him and decides to throw herself into an unexpected love affair.
The last thing Davin wants is to walk into a relationship with anyone, let alone a feisty human doctor. But when he is forced to stay on the colony, Davin can't help but be drawn to Sara's strength and spirit. As long as he can hide the true nature of his healing abilities from her, everything will be fine.
They tumble headlong into a fiery sexual relationship, drawing closer until events threaten to push them apart permanently. When a group of miners on the planet begins to exhibit unusual behavior, Davin must put his fears aside and work with Sara to save their lives. If he can't open up to her, all may be lost.
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Ellora's Cave Publishing, Incorporated
November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from The Bond That Heals Us by Christine d'Abo
The stench of burning wire mixed with the heavy sulfur from the planet's surface turned Sara's stomach. Rachael began to cough and had to cover her face with a bio mask. Sara inched her way closer to the open door, trying to see what they were in for. She gasped at the sight in front of her. The damaged ship, larger than a short-range shuttle but not as large as a passenger ship, was resting half on its side with the nose jammed hard against a bulkhead. The metal had peeled back, exposing conduits and cables as gases vented into the bay. How it hadn't exploded she wasn't sure.
Taber and the security force were quickly putting out the few flames that had erupted with a suppression gas. It took a few seconds, but everything was eventually extinguished.
"Looks like a cruiser," Sara said over her shoulder. "Maybe five to ten for a crew. We should call for two more medics."
Rachael was looking a little pale. Sara knew she was timid of unknown alien visitors since the Ecada attack. But she thought Rachael had gotten over it through a few months of talking with a psychologist from Earth. Rachael swallowed hard, her eyes glued to the ship, panic clear on her face.
"I'll get them," Rachael offered a bit too quickly and took off down the corridor without a backward glance.
"Nice," Sara muttered, turning back to wait for Taber's signal. She'd have to see about getting Rachael a bit more help.
In the shuttle bay, she watched Taber and the security guards edge cautiously toward the shuttle door, their weapons drawn and pointed at the cockpit, which was showing no sign of life.
"Occupants of the shuttle. You've crash landed on Eurus colony." Taber's commanding voice echoed loud and clear. "Open your door so we may offer assistance."
Sara rolled her eyes. "You're supposed to say please, Taber. And don't point your weapons at them," she muttered to herself.
When a loud hiss of atmosphere vented from the shuttle door, every security guard in the bay raised their weapons a fraction higher, fixing them on the spot. Sara gasped when the most unusually handsome man she'd ever laid eyes gripped the now open entrance and leaned out of the ship to stare directly at Taber. His shoulder-length brown hair fell forward, partially covering his face.
"I have wounded in here. I need a doctor," he snapped.
Before she had time to blink, he retreated inside the shuttle. Kicking her body into overdrive, Sara was through the door and halfway across the shuttle bay before Taber could turn around.
"Come with me if you want, but I'm not stopping. You heard him--they need help."
Somehow she managed to skirt past Taber and throw her med kit up into the open door. The entrance, which would normally be only a foot from the ground, was a full five feet in the air. For not the first time in her life, Sara cursed her five feet five inches and tried to pull herself in.
"Let me help," a voice said from above.
Sara looked up and into the most amazing golden eyes she'd ever seen. His irises were reptilian shaped and Sara found herself unable to look away.
"You're the doctor, I assume?" His voice was deep with an unusual accent. His English was surprisingly good for a race she'd never seen before. And he sounded more than a little amused, despite the circumstances he was currently in.
She had the distinct impression he was laughing at her. She hated it when people laughed at her.
"Are you going to help me up or not?"
"Sara, let me," Taber said from behind.
She found herself being pushed and pulled up--directly into the waiting arms of her unusual alien. The air in her lungs whooshed out, leaving her shaking and very much aware of the large, firm, male chest she was currently pressed against. He wasn't as tall as Taber or any of the other Briel on the planet, but he was more than big enough for Sara. A full head taller, she was forced to tilt her head back to look into his golden eyes.
"Under better circumstance, I'd take great pleasure in our current position." He practically purred as he spoke and then he winked. "But I have people in need of help."
"Dr. Fergus, step back please."
The edge in Taber's voice was enough to shake her out of her momentary haze. Thankfully, the alien let her move to the side and turned his attention to Taber.
"Name's Davin. I'm the captain of this bucket. Some of my crew were wounded in the crash. I just managed to get the cabin door unjammed to get out. My copilot was knocked unconscious when we took damage entering the atmosphere."
"Your ship isn't registered for this sector." Taber took a step closer. "My crew will have to inspect it for contraband."
"After your doctor looks at my men. When she's done, go ahead. You won't find anything." Davin crossed his arms and leveled a stare at Taber.
Taber stiffened slightly. "Because there is nothing to find or because it's well hidden?"
Sara had to clear her throat twice before either of them would look at her. "Hi. I'm going to help the dying people. Once you are done with your pissing match, I could use a hand."
Shaking her head, she moved toward the front of the ship to where she hoped the wounded crew member was. Her exit wouldn't be half as dramatic if she had to turn around and come back. She'd just shoved the cabin door release when she felt Davin come up behind her.
"My copilot, Rafe, took a nasty crack to the head when we entered the planet's atmosphere. I tried to stop the bleeding, but had my hands full trying to keep the ship together as she came down."
When the door opened, Sara could smell the blood in the air. Ignoring Davin behind her, she crossed the small space to where a man sat slumped forward in his seat across a control console. Sara pulled him back to reveal half the man's face covered in burns and blood.
"Med kit," she said to Davin over her shoulder.