Wednesday, December 15, 2010
"...an intriguing romance... all the staples of a good science fiction story." - Romantic Times
" ...will keep you captivated from beginning to end." - Gina - Love Romances - 5-hearts rating
"I consider this to be among the best reads of the year!" - Johnna - Fallen Angel Reviews - Rating: 5 angels
The year is 2023, and an alien invader has infiltrated the human race. In a dangerous future threatened by aliens and infiltrated by hybrids, archeologist Celene Dupres witnesses her father's murder. Vowing to avenge him and retrieve his precious alien relics, she finds the perfect ally and protector. But the man she trusts, the man with whom she is falling in love, is the secret agent sent to kill her. Kin, however is more than a killing machine. Despite his love for Celene, can he accomplish his gruesome mission, and save humanity from the threat embedded in her DNA?
When the officer walked away with his entourage, Celene thought of following him, but she didn't trust herself to remain calm. Besides, she felt relief at his disappearance, but she found it difficult to breathe, as if the dot of a phase-gun heated her nape. Then she recognized the uneasy sensation. Someone was watching her!
Celene spun around and stared straight at her observer. Twenty feet away, a tall Asian man in a tan Italian suit and black silk shirt leaned against the wall in an easy stance, sipping from a square glass. Who was he? An ORION hit man? Had he seen what happened to her? Was he watching her for personal or professional interest? He looked Chinese, with a curtain of wavy black hair framing a serious face. What a magnificent specimen of raw animal sex appeal. His splendidly muscled frame turned away from her gaze, and the very gesture made her ache for his attention. She hated herself for that weakness but could not help it.
Although troubled by her emotional response to the handsome Chinese, Celene needed to find out why he watched her, so she walked toward the mysterious man who made her pulse quicken. Careful, there. She felt light-headed. Was it the aftermath of her near invisibility, the champagne, or the adrenalin? She wanted him to look at her, she wanted to gaze into the depths of his wide, almond eyes. Even from a distance, he looked dangerous, like a Bengal tiger, never to be tamed.
It took no effort to smile when she reached him. "My name is Celene Dupres, archeologist." She extended her free hand.
With a surprised and slightly embarrassed smile, the stranger faced her in a graceful motion. "Armand Dupres' daughter?" She detected a hint of Mandarin accent. When he took her offered hand in a warm grip, his dark gaze made her legs feel like pudding. "Kin Raidon, avid collector, at your service."
"You said something?" His open grin bothered her as he caressed the magnificent jade medallion of an exquisite dragon on his muscled chest. Could he read her feelings?
Celene felt herself flush. "And what do you collect, Mr. Raidon?"
"Please, call me Kin. I specialize in Anaz-voohri artifacts. Found any lately?" His enigmatic expression made the question sound even more dangerous.
Celene cleared her throat. "These relics are rare and most of them have been appropriated by the Global Government. I know of none available for purchase at the moment." She paused. "Why were you watching me earlier?"
His dark brown eyes glinted with flecks of gold. "Maybe I was watching the same man you were watching."
"I wasn't watching anyone." How unsettling to discover she had been so obvious despite her efforts to look natural.
"Yes, you were." Kin nodded in the direction the officer had gone. "He noticed you, and attention from him is never a good thing."
"You know the man?" Celene felt elated at finally learning something useful.
Sipping on his drink, Kin seemed in no hurry to answer. "His name is Jason Carrick, a powerful and ruthless collector. He always gets what he wants, one way or another."
"A collector?" Celene tried to sound casual. "Rather unusual for a military man."
Kin's dark eyes narrowed. "Men of action can appreciate art, too, you know?"
"And what in heaven is wrong with the man's eyes?"
"One of them is made of glass. A battle wound against a hybrid." Obviously, Kin knew much about Jason Carrick.
"Hybrid? As in half-alien, half-human?"
Kin shrugged. "That's his story."
Celene had to take a chance. She looked around to make sure no one stood close enough to hear. "How much do you know about the organization called ORION?"
Kin's face remained guarded. "Not much. They are rather secretive. Are you one of those conspiracy theory nuts?"
Celene did not like the insinuation. "I could take offense, but you know what? For some reason, in the last few days some of these theories are starting to make sense to me. How far do you think Jason Carrick would go to get what he wants?"
Kin sighed. "Whatever it takes."
Celene lowered her voice. "Even slaughtering a team of innocent archeologists?"
Kin remained very still then nodded gravely.
"And what about you?" Celene held his gaze. "How far would you go to get what you want?"
"You ask too many questions." As if to soften the blow, he chuckled, all charm. "It all depends on what I want and why."
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