Life in 2255 is fast and full of instant gratification, but the plaintive cry of a barren soul for more from a partner than meaningless sex is often drowned out in society's reckless pursuit of easy pleasures.
Katriona's life is lacking. Proud of her heritage and her position as en enforcer, she sees an emptiness that the world around her is blinded to. Surrounded by men who would fill her bed, she wanders into the night seeking something, instead, that will touch her heart.
Long forgotten is a yearning inside most women for more. Javier Trey is the kind of man who can touch that yearning. The intensity he offers fires a sexual and emotional burn inside Katriona. It beckons with the bite of obsession as Javier refuses to back off and ignore the craving that flares in both of them.
When least expected, love can bind two souls, and when it takes your destiny in its grip, you just might discover what lies beyond lust...
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Beyond Lust by Mary Wine
"Javier, do I want to know what you're doing on my outpost?"
"No." Javier watched Katriona as she stepped up into her quarters, and softly snarled. "But I'll be happy to furnish you with a few odd reasons if you want to hear them."
Lee only grunted, and that suited him just fine. His body wanted to rise out of his chair as he considered what Katriona would be doing inside her little home. Dark sweat marked her workout uniform and she would peel it off her skin until she was bare. His cock twitched with interest as he thought about what lay under that black fabric. Her breasts were little mounds and his hands itched for them.
Javier sat in Lee's front room because he was enjoying the raw edge of need. It pulsed through his veins like a current as it fed off each little detail his eyes had absorbed. The frank, female sway of her hips as she walked captured his devoted attention.
"How in the hell did you rate a female lieutenant anyway? I thought Russell was still pissed off at you for marrying Chenoa."
"Oh, Russell is still bent out of shape, no doubt. I think that's exactly why he sent me a woman officer." A cocky grin covered Lee's face as he looked at Javier. "Let's see, There are now four officers on my compound and we have only three housing units for officers. Three thousand men under my command and not a bar within driving distance. Yup, Russell is making a point by dumping a female officer into a command position over my ranks."
"Kiril had better be bunking with his men."
"Much to Lieutenant Joy's displeasure, he is."
Javier raised an eyebrow at his friend. "She wanted to share a bunkhouse with her men?"
"What she wanted was equal treatment, but I think Russell sent her out here because she ticked him off, so I ordered her to take over the housing unit." Lee smirked at Javier as he leaned back in his chair. "Who the hell am I to disagree with Russell's privileged people treatment plan, anyway."
"She has a good heart." Chenoa moved through the screen door and sighed as the cool evening air hit her neck. Lee stood up as his wife sat down next to him. Javier watched the concern float across his friend's face and felt like grinning like an idiot. The couple did that to him. He had written Cupid off as dead until Lee met Chenoa. The two were so deeply in love, Javier sometimes came out to visit just to watch them. Chenoa raised her dark eyes and smiled at him as one of her hands rubbed her distended belly.
"Lieutenant Joy has more patience than me. She claims to have an understanding with Serena."
Javier looked at the small housing unit and frowned. "Kiril was dealing with Serena."
Chenoa laughed. "It appears that Serena likes her home and she refuses to move. Kiril takes her away each day and she is back before sunset."
"Move the nest."
Chenoa covered her mouth with a slim hand as she laughed. "Kiril moved the nest and I understand Serena built a new one in the middle of Lieutenant Joy's bed. I believe the lieutenant is considering learning how to cook fowl."
Chenoa watched her husband as he laughed at his friend. It wasn't lighthearted amusement, instead it was that deep male rumble that shook his wide shoulders. Javier strode across the compound on a steady course towards the small housing unit. Her husband nodded his head before turning to her confused look.
"I think Javier just might have a hard time pulling Joy's braids."
Chenoa giggled. Not so long ago she had accused both men of being no better than the boys in the school yard who pulled the braids of the girls during recess. Her lips stayed in a smile as she thought about Lieutenant Joy's response to his naughty pranks.
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"You are lucky that I haven't found a recipe for roast duck yet."
An angry squawk was her answer. Katriona glared at the mess in her bedroom and pointed at the animal responsible. "I expect two eggs tomorrow, you obnoxious bird, or I just might be sleeping on a duck-feathered pillow tomorrow night."
The duck flapped her wings and took flight. Katriona raised her forearm as the creature swished past her head and went right out the open doorway.
Katriona spun around but already knew who that dark voice belonged to. She wasn't certain what astounded her more--the fact that Javier was standing in her housing unit, or the fact that he was petting a duck. His large hands smoothed over the bird's feathers as it gave a few contented squawks.
Heat raced down her body as she watched his hands. The reaction was instantaneous and annoying. Katriona forced her eyes away from his fingers and the stroking motions over the duck sitting in the nook of one of his arms. Her imagination ran wild with images of what it must feel like to be under his hands.
"Did you just threaten my Serena?"
"Serena? There is nothing serene about that duck!" His lips twitched and more heat bled across her face. "And I thought she belonged to the commander's wife."
"She's my duck and exactly the way I like her."
"Well, Mr. Trey, your duck ate every last supplement capsule I had and she didn't lay today either."
Javier raised an eyebrow at her. "What do you care about the eggs for?"
"The least that animal can do is feed me."
Javier moved across the floor and sat Serena in her windowbox nest. It was attached to the window, and despite Kiril's best attempts to relocate her, the duck refused to nest anywhere but in the window of this housing unit. Serena had simply begun laying her eggs in Katriona's bedding until she told the man to put her nest box back on the window ledge.
Javier gave the duck a few firm strokes of his hand before he turned to peg her with razor-sharp eyes. He appeared to be studying her. An insane little urge to smile at him popped into her thoughts. Katriona held her lips in place as she tried to ignore the heat pooling in her abdomen. She was not going to acknowledge the fluid seeping down her passage as a sexual response to this man.