Can a kidnap victim overcome her distress by helping the species that saved her?
Maggie is among a group of human women who were kidnapped by aliens. The Lesh intended to sell them into slavery, but thankfully, before that could happen, they were rescued by the Gracians. All Maggie wants to do is return home to her twin sister and her life as an architect. But the women's rescuers have informed them they cannot return home. Maggie is despondent as she struggles to accept her new life aboard the Gemorph.
Among the kidnapped victims, several Gracians have found their sparks, or mates. They are ecstatic as their race was in danger of becoming extinct, but now they have hope for survival. They want to visit Earth to see if more mates can be located, but first they need to train to become more human-like. They ask Maggie to help in that endeavor. As part of the plan, she gets to return to Earth, for a short time at least, and will ask her sister for assistance with executing the first step of the plan.
Koop is an officer on the Gemorph. When his captain asks him to work with Maggie, one of the human females, to create an area for their warriors to train in, Koop accepts the challenge. But things don't go as planned when a human custom of shaking hands goes wrong. As soon as the pair touch, it's obvious that they are sparks.
But Maggie has struggled so hard with the idea of being on the Gemorph, unable to resume her life on Earth. How will she deal with being a Gracian's spark? Koop would never force her to accept him, but if she doesn't, it's a death sentence for him…literally.
Content Warning: contains strong language, some violence, and lots of hot, steamy sex scenes
"At this moment, Koop's body is producing more energy than before," the head medic explained to Maggie. "This is to provide himself and his spark the life force they both need. But if he doesn't release it with you, then yes, I'm afraid it will build up to a point where he will start flaring. Eventually, he…" Hover didn't finish so Koop did.
"Hover can help you get through the mating heat, Maggie. You don't have to mate with me if you don't wish to. I will gladly give up my life knowing I gained what little time we had together."
"But you have a family too, Koop. I will be dooming them to losing you. I know what it's like to lose family early. I wouldn't wish that on anyone."
Koop raised a hand and cupped Maggie's cheek, happy when she didn't pull away from him.
"Don't make your decision based on that, me unum. We as a species have loved and lost many, many loved ones over the yarns. We know loss deeply. Twirl would understand if my time came. It was expected at some point in the future because the chances of me meeting my spark were so low. Twirl isn't privy to the information about your kind yet, but if she was I'm sure she would understand just as much as I do. Maggie, I would not ask you to appease this mating heat with me if you do not wish for us to be together for the rest of our lives."
Maggie stared into his eyes deeply. Koop watched a whole array of emotion scatter through her beautiful orbs. She closed her eyes for a moment and exhaled before opening them.
"I want to believe you. My heart screams it does, my mind, however, cannot get over what Todd did."
She raised a hand and placed a finger over his lips when he opened his mouth to deny he was anything like the male she'd lived with.
"Hear me out?" she asked. She lowered her hand when he nodded. "I understand you're not like him and wouldn't touch another woman, but when I saw you with Twirl, jealousy reared its ugly head. Now that I know she wasn't a lover—ex or recent—I'm filled with guilt for thinking that way. What if it happens again? How long and what will it take for me to believe it before I end up hurting you with bad words, accusing you of adultery? I'm scared, Koop."
A single tear dropped from Maggie's right eye. Koop watched it coast down her cheek. He could see and hear the pain she felt, and it broke his heart.
"Give me a chance, my spark? That's all I can ask. If by any chance I hurt you, then I promise I will walk into an airlock and you can press the button yourself." His lips raised in a small smirk.