Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Release Date: August 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-02-2
Mobi ISBN: Coming soon!
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-03-9
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8vCni_TZUA
Striker’s Two Loves
by Aubrie Dionne
In Paradise 21, Striker is a space pirate, abandoned by his mutinous crew. One member of that crew is a former flame, and she betrays him to get her hands on a map to Paradise. He thinks love is a weakness in a world where you can’t afford to make mistakes. He’s done with love, until Aries shows up.
Love interest #1
Tiff, the Space Pirate
5’2’’ Blue eyes and short, spiky blond hair
She has a spitfire attitude with selfish tendencies. She’ll change her mind about you if she thinks it will get her closer to a safe life on a paradise planet. But underneath her tough attitude, she has enough heart to save a boy from the orphanage and take him on the crew as her own son.
Love interest #2
Aries, the Colonist
5’7’’ Green eyes and shoulder length Auburn hair
She’s highly intelligent and driven to escape her computer designated marriage, but also innocent of the harsh realities of life, and a little bit naive. She wants to get away, but she also wants to do what’s right. If her freedom means giving up the man she loves, then she’ll sacrifice herself.
Who does he end up with? Well, you’ll have to read Paradise 21 to find out!
Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.
But Aries has other plans.
When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.
The life of the man she loves.
“Might as well stay here and make camp for the night.”
His casual tone stung her composure. How could he talk of such mundane things when they’d almost been captured, when she’d touched him so tenderly?
“We’ll let them get farther away,” Striker explained, reasonable as always. “We’re going in their direction tomorrow.”
The sting of rejection grew, burning a hole in her heart. “Why?”
Her lips trembled. “Why not kiss me like you did before?”
“I can’t.” He shook his head, and the air cooled between them; so much so, Aries wondered if the desert had turned into deep space.
He’d teased her with such affection before, it was cruel to take it away. “I don’t understand,” she said, wishing she didn’t care, wishing she could stop all the emotions he’d started in her heart.
Aries caught a glimpse of pain etched in the wrinkles around his eyes. Striker turned away and started pulling supplies out of his backpack. “I can’t do this.”
Striker shook his head and Aries prompted, “Can’t kiss me, can’t trust me? What?”
“I can’t allow myself to get tangled up with someone. Not again.”
The thoughts of Striker with another woman confused her. On the New Dawn, everyone had one lifemate and that was it. “You mean you loved someone before?”
Striker’s hand tightened on the backpack. “I trusted someone a long time ago, allowed myself to love, if you will. She hurt me so much I lost my entire life and ended up here. I can’t experience that kind of pain again.”
Aries clasped her hand over her heart. “I’m so sorry.”
He waved her apology off as if it meant nothing. “It’s a tough world, Aries. And it’s dangerous to love. If I were you, I’d keep my heart well-guarded, because you never know when it will affect your decisions, when it will make you weak.”
Aries couldn’t take his advice. Watching him talk about his past made her realize she’d already given up her heart.
He had it.