She wants freedom for her people, and he has a plan to make it happen. Except they’re from different worlds, and they don’t trust each other.
Mars has spent years in slavery, working on his plan to free his people. He’s suffered too much pain and loss to allow any interference. But the arrival of the fierce, intriguing alien woman from Earth distracts him in every way possible.
Roma and her fellow refugees from Earth land on the perfect planet only to find the native humans enslaved by monstrous race of invaders. Not even the sexy alien slave, Mars, can prevent Roma from thinking about escape. Though the time spent in his arms does ease the stress of their imprisonment.
When the Earthling slaves experience the true brutality of the slavers, the frail trust between Mars and Roma is destroyed. Their only chance of freedom and survival is if they can work together. Can love overcome the betrayals that have divided them so they can dream of a future together?
* * * *
Roma stuck her toes in the water, finding it as cold as she’d feared. But that wasn’t what caused her shiver.
Mars’ lean body was a work of art. A damaged work. Muscles pulled and punched beneath ripples and groves and scars. His hands, his arms, his entire torso, front and back, were a patchwork of white lines. In two places, blood oozed from fresh cuts. But some of the damage couldn’t be from the sharp rocks that had sliced her hands. Stripes as thick as her finger crisscrossed his back. He’d been whipped. How had he survived such a beating?
As if sensing her gaze as he walked into the water, Mars turned and gestured at her to follow him. The water came up almost to his waist, covering the thin underwear that was his only clothing.
The lanterns provided only a dim illumination, leaving the water black and scary. Roma couldn’t swim. None of her people could. Her steps were cautious though the sandy bottom felt wonderful on her bare feet. She curled her toes into it as the ache in her legs eased. Standing for ten hours seemed more exhausting than walking would have been.
Mars lowered himself into the water until his head disappeared beneath it. He came up and rubbed water through his hair and up and down his arms. “The dust won’t come off if you just stand there.”
Starship Refugees IV: The Alien and the Slave
Published: August 2019
Length: Mid Novel
Word Count: 77,706
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance
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