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Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.
Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.
I’ve jumped ahead to the point where Jadrian is about to leave her in the care of a medic and return to the fight. Continues directly from last week’s excerpt.
With great care, he pried her fingers from his as the medic rejoined them, “Wait a minute,” Jadrian said to his comrade. Opening his shirt slightly, he took a leather thong from around his neck and showed Taura the small blue stone pendant, swirls of color suggesting a sleeping cat. “Keep this safe for me. I’ll come reclaim it when I get back to the valley later, all right?”
“I’m not sure I can be trusted,” she said. What if she lost her grip on the stone while sedated, or during a panic attack? Surely he’d be angry if she misplaced his talisman. Being responsible for anything in her current state was a heavy burden yet she knew he meant well by the gesture and she liked the idea he’d have a reason to come find her later.
Jadrian folded her trembling fingers over the cool stone, “I trust you—we have more in common than you know so let this be a promise between us.”
She cradled the stone and thong in her fist, “A promise.”
Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.
The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.
Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.
As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.
When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?