When Martian Air Science Engineer Cass Hedley takes a dare to use her new Artificial Intelligence system for a night of erotic release, there’s only one man she can imagine spending time with—the legendary comic book hero Star Knight Errant. She imagines strong hands, hard abs, and bubble baths, but her black market AI has another idea—an illegal fight club that will only end in her sexy companion’s death…or hers.
When Evander Mór transports to an unknown desert planet, his mission changes. Instead of brokering a peace deal, he’ll figure out what backwater he’s landed on and enjoy a well-earned weekend off with a gorgeous scientist. But when things get hotter than a supernova between them, he discovers he only has eighteen hours to stop an AI bent on murder, convince Cass he’s more than fiction, and find a way to cross the gulf between galaxies to bring her home.
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She wasn’t sure how long she’d been hunched over the white, carved stone sink, breathing and waiting for the shaking to stop. Adrenaline crashed through her veins, her senses registering every sound, touch, smell, and sight around her. She grasped the wine glass and chugged it, letting the rich cherry and tannins drown the bile in her throat. Only after swallowing the last gulp did she look up to see Evan leaning in the doorway.
She sighed and drew her gaze back to the sink. One more replicant to get rid of. But as long as Star Knight didn’t fight her, she could wait until her nerves calmed.
He released a deep breath and moved to the bath. Cass closed her eyes. She didn’t have the strength to deal with him right now. Her house was destroyed, she was covered in bluer-than-Earth blood, and she couldn’t erase the violence she witnessed—and engaged in—from her thoughts.
A rose-scented cloth touched the skin of her shoulder and swept, warm and soothing, down her arm. Keeping her eyelids pressed shut, she released a shaking breath.
Evan turned the facecloth over, pressing a fresh clean surface against her skin. She chanced a glance. The blue was gone, and only faint red streaks remained of the mask she applied earlier. She raised her eyes to look at the man standing behind her, cleaning her shoulder, his gaze fixed on her skin. He looked up, blushed when he saw her staring at him, and turned to rinse the cloth in the bath.
Cass’s breath slowed when he returned and studiously traced the warm, clean cloth along her nape. He pulled it down her arm, leaving her unmarked pink skin glowing from the mud. Evan stroked the facecloth across her other shoulder, clearing the fight and the mask from her other arm. She was breathless again.
About the author:
Prior to “following her weird” into passionate affairs off-world, A.K. Shelley wrote fantasy under the pseudonym Angela Shelley. She’s worked as a technical writer, publications manager, graphic designer, biologist, and Buddhist nun. Born and raised under the starry skies of Canada, these days she lives with her husband and kids in Southern California. A.K.’s first book, Star Knight Errant: Thrust, released August 26, 2019 through The Wild Rose Press. http://akshelley.com