First in the Eternal Bond series
Haylie knows her life is about to change the moment she sets foot on the Eurus colony. What she didn't count on was her instant, overwhelming sexual desire for the seven-foot-tall, sexy as hell alien ambassador. He's in her every thought and dream, teasing and taunting her body into a sexual frenzy.
Kamran has waited his whole life to find his bonded mate. When she arrives in the form of a slender human with brilliant eyes, he can't stop his all-consuming need to possess her. If their bond is discovered, they will be forced by Briel law to leave the colony, giving up the lives they've worked so hard to build.
While Haylie and Kamran fight their growing desire, their colony is threatened by an unseen enemy. When the colony comes under attack by a brutal alien force, can Haylie and Kamran keep their bond a secret and stop the invasion in time to save everyone?
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from The Bond That Ties Us by Christine d'Abo
Luck had nothing to do with getting the position. Never luck. Only hard work and an opportunity to make it a success.
As the line moved slowly forward, Haylie danced her bag forward using her feet. Normally, she would have picked it up to move it, not wanting to ruin the bottom. Her hands twitched, wanting to play with the straps. She was a terrible fidgeter. The last thing she wanted to do was give Sara a reason to tease.
In typical Sara fashion, she had momentarily forgotten Haylie and was chatting with the two men standing in front of them. They were human but definitely not from Earth. And while they were exceedingly good looking and, from the bit she overheard, charming, Haylie wasn't interested in them at the moment. Because she saw him.
No chance of confusing them with humans, though the two races looked similar. Their size and not-quite-human skin tone alone made them stand apart. This one appeared to be some sort of dignitary, out of place in the makeshift arrival area. While the rest of the humans were ragged and tired looking, the Briel looked relaxed as he walked amongst the newly arrived strangers. She quickly looked around, but there were no other Briel in sight. I wonder what he's doing here.
He stood just under seven feet. Not as tall as some Briel, but larger than most humans. Well, he was head and shoulders above her at any rate. His black outfit appeared to be more of a tunic than a suit a human might wear. It was simply adorned, not that it needed fancy decorations to catch her attention. The man the tunic clung to was able to do that all on his own. It hugged his chest and well-defined arms before flaring out, concealing the one part of his anatomy she wouldn't mind getting a look at. His pants were just as tight, showing off muscular thighs. She shouldn't stare, but what the hell. She was still too far away to get a good look at his face, but there was something oddly familiar about him.
Her heart pounded and her skin tingled. This had to be the aftereffects of the trip here. That had to be it. She tried to ignore the strange sensations that teased the skin along the back of her neck.
"Yo, Haylie. Line's a moving." Sara's voice sounded amused, as always.
It took Haylie two kicks to get her bag caught up to Sara's spot in the line. The movement took the edge off her restlessness, but her skin still seemed to itch. She bent slightly at the waist to peek at the dignitary and mirrored the deep frown she saw on his face. Damn, he looks confused. She forced her eyes forward and swallowed another giggle as the Briel looked her way. Her face grew hot and she prayed he wouldn't notice the change in her color.
Smooth, Bond. Nothing better than getting caught gawking at an alien. They'd accuse her of being infatuated with the Briel and ship her back home.
Her stomach lurched. No, no, no. What was going on? This giddy schoolgirl routine wasn't her. Sara, perhaps. But not Haylie Dawn Bond.
"I need some water," she whispered.
No one heard, of course. She closed her eyes and tried the relaxation techniques her father had taught her when they'd done the shuttle supply runs between Luna colony and Earth. But each beat of her heart grew louder as it continued to push the rising levels of adrenaline through her body. No good.
Haylie's eyes flew open when Sara pulled hard on her arm, bringing her in close.
Sara's voice, a low whisper, was amplified in her ear. "So, Michael and Todd," she motioned with her chin, "are on the engineering team. They rather fancy taking the colony's new doctor and security chief out to supper some night in the next week. I told them that we would love to. Haylie?"
She turned her head and blinked. "Yes?"
"Cute guys, date, are you listening?"
"Of course." She hadn't heard a thing, but it was best not to admit that to Sara. She wouldn't understand Haylie's immediate crisis. If too much energy and a growing arousal could be considered a crisis.
"Then get a little more excited."
"Sara, we just got here. A date is the last thing I'm looking for." She hadn't meant to snap, but the sudden wave of annoyance hit her.
Haylie took a deep breath. "I'm fine. Tired I think."
"You look a bit flushed. Are you sure?" Sara turned Haylie around to get a good look at her face.
"Maybe it's the change in the air pressure from what they had set for us when we were in cryo sleep." She looked at Sara and smiled. The last thing she wanted was for Sara to jump into super doctor mode. Her friend would insist on giving her a full physical before leaving the hangar.
"More likely it's the change in gravity messing with your head. You'll adjust in no time." Sara gave her a gentle squeeze before letting go. "All I ask is that you give me a sign before you pass out. Deal?"
Haylie chuckled and smiled so widely it hurt. "Absolutely. I'll make sure to give you ten to fifteen seconds' notice before any loss of consciousness occurs."
Haylie wasn't known for her poker face, but she somehow managed to convince Sara. No sense in causing worry if she didn't have to. Haylie turned away and began to tap her foot to some unfamiliar music in her head. It figured. She finally got her life exactly where she wanted it and things went to shit on her. Leave it to her to screw up her dream job with a bout of hyperactivity.
She couldn't tell if he was still moving down the line. Damn, she should have turned her head in the other direction. At least she would have been able to sneak a look. As the line shuffled forward another few steps, she tried to locate him again but couldn't see past the group of five or six that had begun to chat in front of her.
She mentally forced her foot to stop tapping and relaxed her body. This infernal waiting was going to kill her. She didn't mind lines any more than the next person and no one else seemed to be having problems dealing with the inactivity. She needed a distraction.
Haylie twisted around, checking out the other people in line. She tried to guess what role they would be filling on the colony by how they were acting, how they were dressed. She managed to figure out a few when a movement ahead caught her attention. She sucked in a quiet gasp. He was coming her way. The Briel was smiling, stopping to talk briefly with some of the new settlers before moving on. He struck her as some benevolent ruler having an audience with his people.
Oh good god, he was gorgeous. The shivers returned with a vengeance. The recycled air from the ventilation shaft high above them blew against her back and neck. Every piston in her body pumped full steam ahead as he inched closer to her. He was so much taller than any of the humans he stood beside. His hair color wasn't a human black either, lacking the half and semi-tones. She found it odd that he had it trimmed neatly in a fashion that was currently all the rage with the men back on Earth. Maybe he was trying to put everyone at ease.
From the conversations she was overhearing, it wasn't his hair that was drawing their attention, but his deep rich laugh. The sound traveled over her like a warm caress. It was hypnotic and Haylie found she couldn't look away, the pull of his voice too strong for her to resist.
The dark hue of his skin looked almost as if he had spent far too long under an alien sun. She tried to distract herself by figuring out what the color would be. Not quite olive, but darker than a human for sure. She'd check it out later. This is nuts! She had to pull it together quickly.