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Chosen by a dying alien to take her spacecraft back to the planet Amaryllis, Melanie Ross must conquer her fears amid a superior race. Her husband, an undercover cop, has been killed, and she fears for her life. Escorting the craft gives her a means of escape.
Ahead of her are shocks and surprises. Reve, commander of the planet's Starship bears an inexplicable resemblance to her dead husband. Melanie feels a strong attraction for the alien, and the passion that flares between them transports her far beyond what she has ever known. Reve literally transports her to the stars and beyond.
"Tell me about your partner, this Chris I resemble,â€ he urged as they ate.
Her eyes grew troubled as she reached for her glass of graw juice. "Chris was a hard worker, a diligent cop. Thatâ€™s a law enforcement officer, in case you donâ€™t know what the word means. He was working undercover. It means he was pretending to be something other than a police officer. He and Pete were onto this drug baron.â€
"I know all this. You explained as much before. Tell me more of the man himself. I wish to know personal details. What was he like to live with?â€ Changing feelings ran across her face. This was so unique. No Amaryllisan ever allowed their innermost emotions to show. Perhaps because they could read each otherâ€™s thought patterns so easily, the ability had been erased from their characters long ago.
She began to nibble on her bottom lip again and then she licked it. His body reacted instantly, and he quelled the rampant desire to reach across and repeat the kissing experiment. Crossing his legs he concealed his aroused state from her soft eyes as she put her glass down and gazed across the space separating them with a look he could swear matched the heat searing him.
"Chris wanted to protect me from all the bad things in life.â€ Her shoulders hunched, as her eyes grew sad. "Which was really silly. It was impossible. He thought by wrapping me in cotton wool, I would be safe.â€
"Mmm, this means coddling. Sort of putting a protective shield about me,â€ she explained. "I was alone in the world when I met him. Had been out there on my own since running away from the last foster home. You remember I told you about the awful man who wanted to interfere with me.â€
Reve nodded, not interrupting her flow of speech now she had begun to tell him all the facts.
"Now I come to think about it, although I feel like a traitor for saying it, I married Chris more to escape the loneliness in my life than anything else. Not that I didnâ€™t think him a wonderful person. Now Iâ€™m alone again.â€ Tears collected at the corners of her eyes and she wiped them away with her fingers.
"You are not alone. You have me,â€ he said quietly and the look she sent him was filled with a kind of sadness he couldnâ€™t define. It was as if she wanted something with desperation, but knew it was just out of her reach.
"Thatâ€™s kind of you to say so, Reve, but when I return home, Iâ€™ll be alone again.â€
Her words sounded so final and a feeling he had no recollection of experiencing before attacked him. For a moment he considered telling her he had no intention of allowing her to return to Earth any time in the near future. But he quelled the idea.
Picking up the plate of food, she began to eat. She hesitated for a while. "Chris was gentle and kind, and I miss him terribly. Heâ€™s the only person I ever loved.â€
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Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 296