Genres/Themes: Urban Fantasy, Futuristic, Multi-cultural/Interracial
Release Date: August 2016
Author: Anne Kane
Publisher URL Changeling Press – Erotic Fiction
Snake may not be the nicest guy you ever met, but he has his own code of honor, and he does everything in his power to live up to it. Keeping his hands off his Sergeant’s sister-in-law, no matter how sexy she is, is definitely in the code.
Wren has the hots for Snake but is frustrated that he can’t seem to see her as anything other than Dee’s kid sister. When she sees him sneak out after dark, she suspects he’s going to meet a lover and follows him, determined to finally make him see her as the mature sexy woman she is. Unfortunately, things don’t go exactly according to plan. She manages to get herself captured and Snake is forced to come to her rescue
“Interesting.” The man folded his hands behind his back, his cold gaze moving slowly from the tips of her feet upward until he was staring her straight in the eyes. “You say she just showed up at the gate?”
The young guard nodded. “Yes sir, Major. Said she was admiring the grounds or something. She didn’t even try to get away. Obviously had no clue.”
Something about the man’s eyes reminded Wren of a reptile. Cold. Emotionless. Raising her chin, she held the man’s gaze until he looked away, a mirthless smile on his face. Given her current predicament she didn’t really feel good about anything at the moment, but she had a particularly bad feeling about this guy.
“Good call, Baxter. We could use some new bloodlines to strengthen the stock. We’ll have her vetted by the Doc, and run her through basics of course, but if everything checks out she’ll make a nice addition to our stable. I’ll make sure you get a commendation for your initiative in procuring her.”
“Sir. Thank you, sir.” The guard saluted crisply, a grin curving the corner of his mouth as the other man moved over to the desk and began to fill out some forms. After a moment’s hesitation he cleared his throat loudly.
The older man looked up. “Is there something else?”
The guard nodded. “Yes, sir.”
Silence reigned for a moment. “Well?”
The guard shuffled his feet, looking suddenly nervous. “I haven’t been assigned a female of my own yet and I know I scored well on the aptitude tests. I just thought… well… since I found her…” His voice trailed off, but Wren had the sickening suspicion she knew exactly what he was asking for.
The older man glanced over at her speculatively, and Wren had to fight not to shrink into a corner of the cage and hide from his too-knowing gaze. What the hell had she gotten herself into?
“Find the little bitch attractive, do you, son?”
The guard mumbled a reply.
The major nodded. “You’re a good lad, and you’re right. You captured her so you deserve first crack at her. I’ll put a good word in for you with the Doc. If everything checks out, you just might have your own bitch to train.”
“Thank you, Major sir! You won’t be disappointed.” The guard saluted again, turning to devour her with his gaze before marching smartly to the door and departing.
Probably going to see if there were any other innocent women wandering the streets that he could kidnap.
The major signed the bottom of the paper with a flourish and put the pen down. Straightening up, he strolled back over to the cage. He looked like career military rather than mercenary, although Wren doubted that this facility was on any of the government’s official plans. His hair was cut short, his uniform wrinkle free and his boots polished to a high shine. He produced an instant camera and pointed it at her. The flash damn near blinded her, and by the time her vision cleared the man was clipping a small photo of her to the corner of the papers he’d been writing on.
Something about the uniform teased the edge of her memory although she couldn’t quite place her finger on it. Palace guard? Alliance Special Forces? Maybe some kind of elite offshoot of the regular troops? Those stripes did indicate a major’s rank, not that his rank made any difference to her. As soon as he left the room she intended to get out of this cage and make a break for it. Snake had one hell of a lot of explaining to do when she got back home.
She jumped at the sound of his voice. “Ready for your physical? The Doc will be happy to see a new recruit. Been awhile since we added a bitch to the program.”
The most terrifying thing about that question was the total lack of innuendo in the major’s voice. He might as well have been discussing the weather, or what was for supper. Still, she had no intention of giving in to whatever new type of hell she’d put herself in line for. Maybe a little bravado was called for.
“I want out. Now. Those men had no reason to grab me. I’m a citizen and I demand you release me.”
Something that vaguely resembled mirth appeared in the major’s eyes. “Feisty little thing. I like that. I’ll enjoy following your training, but first we need to get you into the system.” Raising his wrist to his face, he keyed a wrist-mounted com-unit and barked out a series of commands in a language she couldn’t quite follow. Russian maybe? Or Chinese? Who the hell were these guys?
The reply was just as indecipherable, but it obviously wasn’t what he’d wanted to hear. Turning on his heels he stomped out of the room without another word.
Slipping her wrists free, Wren squatted down to inspect the lock on her cage. Lucky for her, lock picking had been a required skill when she and her sister had been living on the streets. She just hoped this one was susceptible to the assortment of pins she used to adorn her hair. With any luck she’d be out of here in minutes!