Tarnee is determined to finish her studies and restart the search for her missing parents, but her life is thrown into chaos when a silver-eyed stranger kidnaps her. Held captive by the captain of a pirate ship, Tarnee finds herself drawn to him despite her need to get home.
Tor’Arr has been searching the universe for his one and only, the woman who will complete him, and knows when their eyes clash across a busy space station that he has found her. He will allow nothing to stand in the way of claiming her as his, not even his crew.
Thrust into a dangerous world where she must rely on Tor’Arr to keep her safe, Tarnee must decide if she’s prepared to give up her dreams to be with a man who can be anything she desires.
“Will you take me home?” I asked because I had to. It was too important to me just to let it go. I’d spent every waking hour since my parents disappeared working towards the day when I could search for them, and I was so close to my goal.
This man might make me feel things I’d never felt for another man, and we might have some strange kind of connection, but I’d never forget my parents. I’d never forget that they were out there somewhere.
Frustration crossed his face as I looked at him.
“I can’t do that, Tarnee. Now, even more than before. We’re already leaving your galaxy.”
A crushing sense of disappointment almost overwhelmed me. I turned away from him to look out the window behind me, lost in what I felt, my gaze lost in the endless expanse of space.
I heard movement behind me, the soft rustle of fabric as he moved, along with footsteps on the plush carpet.
“Is it so terrible that you can’t go home? Is staying here with me such a hardship, Tarnee?”
His voice was close, so close. I looked over my shoulder to find him standing right behind me, between the two chairs that sat opposite the built-in couch.
“You don’t understand,” I replied.
“Then help me understand. Tell me why it’s so important to you that you go home. Tell me why you won’t even give us a chance.”
My eyes widened at what he was suggesting. He was talking about a relationship. He was a complete stranger. He’d kidnapped me from my home and everything I knew, and he expected me to just put that aside and start a relationship with him? He was outright crazy.
“My parents went missing when I was ten, and I’ve been working towards getting on the exploration teams so I can resume the search for them. Nobody believes that my parents could still be alive, but I know they are. I’d feel it if they were dead!” I said, turning to look at him.
He stepped towards me, closer, almost into my space. I felt the warmth of his body, a gentle caress of heat against my skin.
“How long have they been missing?”
I looked up into his eyes, certain what his reaction would be.
“Almost eleven years,” I replied.
He had no reaction to my statement, which confused me. I’d expected surprise or outright shock, but he didn’t even so much as blink. He reached out and brushed the loose strands of my hair back from my face, his fingers trailing across my cheek.
“That’s a long time to be missing, Tarnee.”
His light touch was a shock to my system. The warmth of his fingers against my face sent tingles spreading down my neck. I stared up at him, mesmerised by the swirling silver of his eyes, the shifting colours, the metallic sheen. What was he doing to me? I felt cast adrift in a stormy sky. One minute, I felt completely at ease in his presence, the next, my heart was pounding in my chest, and all because of a simple touch.
“What are you doing to me?” I asked quietly, repeating my earlier question, my breath rushing out of me, a soft exhalation of sound.
“Do you feel that, Tarnee?” He slipped his warm hand into my hair, pulling me closer.
I felt the heat of his palm like a brand against my skin.
“It’s the connection we have, the universe’s way of telling us we are meant to be together.”
He pulled me close, leaned down, and pressed his lips to mine. A soft gentle kiss turned insistent as his lips moved over mine. The swipe of his tongue against the seam of my lips drew a small noise of shock from me before I opened for him.
I was too shocked to stop it once he started kissing me, and then too caught up in what he made me feel to want to stop it. Sparks raced through my body, lighting me up, turning my insides molten as he stroked his tongue into my mouth.
His arms closed around me, pulling me up against the hard heat of his body as he teased me with the soft slide of his tongue against mine and the heady taste of him. Everything slipped away as he kissed me. Nothing mattered except the feelings racing through me.
Time stood still until he started to pull away. My eyelids fluttered open and I looked back into his heated silver eyes.
“You cannot deny what we have, Tarnee. I won’t let you hide from this.