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Gambit
     

Gambit

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by Kim Knox
 

Captain Chae Beyon is a hustler, a mercenary pilot, a wounded woman who prefers her men to be easily thrown aside.

Daned Traern is a first-caste Ladaian bound by tradition and DNA to protect his race. He's willing to align himself with the hot space captain if she'll transport him home in time to ensure the right candidate is crowned—and thus prevent a

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Captain Chae Beyon is a hustler, a mercenary pilot, a wounded woman who prefers her men to be easily thrown aside.

Daned Traern is a first-caste Ladaian bound by tradition and DNA to protect his race. He's willing to align himself with the hot space captain if she'll transport him home in time to ensure the right candidate is crowned—and thus prevent a bloody war.

Disguised as Chae's sex toy, Daned is erotically bound to her through living gold, alien tech designed to increase pleasure. When he frees himself, their passion only increases...but succumbing to temptation will bind them together—permanently.

But there's more at stake than their needs. As Chae is dragged into a world of insane princes and sentient stones, hired killers hound them across the quadrant.

And then, as only her lousy luck would have it, Chae must choose between the good of the galaxy and her own heart...

63,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426897061
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
07/15/2013
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
544,479
File size:
526 KB

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The truth-crawler burrowed into her neck. Chae cursed, gritting her teeth against the bite and slice of its pincers. Clicks and whirrs filled the silent room as the crawler's synthetic leg joints worked its bulbous body under her skin. Chae stared up at the strip of light above her, focusing, denying the raw surge of pain. The things she did for money.

Her fingers curled into fists and she felt the two suits watching her endure the pain. She didn't turn her head to them, but let the light burn against her eyes. The deal they offered was too good to resist.

A friend had shoved her into this. Promised high stakes and the rumor of one wealthy and gullible mark slumming it in the northern cities. What he hadn't warned her about was being grabbed from the room, bundled into a transport and sight-wiped with fuck-knows-what.

The taste of sump oil still burned foul against her tongue. She'd come around with two suits introducing themselves as she lay force-strapped to a freezing metal table. So much for an aging and hideously rich lecher and his flesh-pet. Chae twisted and the straps dug hard into her flesh. Hell, she'd been strapped down before…but that had been a lot more fun.

The truth-crawler sealed itself under her skin. Chae crushed her eyes tight against the stab of its sting into tense muscle. The first rush of salt stung the tip of her tongue. She hated the nasty, synthetic truth-crawlers. The stream of venom from the innocuous little bug, one that looked so harmless when it sat on a client's palm, flowed too fast over her thoughts. She grimaced, loathing the lack of control that would grip her in a few short seconds.

She'd done this too often. Hell, she had enough of the creatures floating through her system to grow her own sting. She obviously didn't have a trustworthy face. She snorted. What runner did?

Chae turned her head and glared at the two men. Pain lanced and the crawler jabbed its sting deeper. A string of foulness escaped her. "You getting off on this?"

The first suit, Govan, stepped out of the shadows. He was the older of the two with a craggy, lived-in face. He'd lost the silks and garish body-ware. Yes, the stark black of a plain suit fitted his dour face. He frowned at her and the lines deepened. "This is necessary, Captain Beyon. More is at stake than your tolerance to pain. We have to make certain—"

"—that I can be trusted." Chae ached to press her hand to her mouth, to let her nails dig into her jaw and stop the flow of truth. Already the insane urge to spill her life story to these two strangers held her…because it was what they wanted. And she reallywanted to give them what they wanted. Especially the man who had acted as Govan's flesh-pet. Yes, he would prove a perfect distraction to her overactive urge to talk.

"Get me a shot of liquid sex and half an hour—no, an hour—with Daned there." Chae jerked her head to the other man still standing in the heavy shadows obscuring most of the secure room. She winced against the bite of the crawler, but carried on because they needed to know that she wanted him. They really did. "Are you typical Ladaian? Because, truthfully—" she couldn't help the grunt that broke from her, "—I've been stupid to avoid you. How much would it cost me for you to strip? Buck naked—"

"Captain Beyon!"

Govan's shocked shout only made her laugh. "Oh come on, old man. Don't tell me you didn't stare long and hardat him. Stripped, he was luscious—"

"You couldn't afford me." Daned's soft, deep voice pricked at her skin, and her nipples peaked. He stepped from the shadows. Tall, lean and holding a carved beauty that made her ache to lick him from head to toe, he watched her with unreadable eyes.

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Gambit 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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loose_urself_in_a_fantasy More than 1 year ago
the story was moving along well... lots of excitement... then i'm not sure what happen. this story took an unexpected turn, then ended ok!
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LLL_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Sexual Prowling set in a fast paced futuristic setting sure to please those who love layers of sinful devourings and adventure. *********************** I've found myself reading a ton of Sci-fi romance lately and I thank my lucky stars that they were books that were easy coming for newbies. Gambit, on the other hand, had me dropped to the ground full out running. *********************** The world setting is a big chunk to chew but thankfully it is very tasty :D A newbie may find difficulty in all the terms used but not so much the structure of the world. The structure was easy to grab it was the new words on my tongue but it didn't hold me back as much as you would think. I just highlighted in on my Kindle in the notes so if needed later I could easily refer back. Plus, I just pronounce new terms however I please and move on. I hate to disrupt the reading flow. Highlight of hitting the ground running: Kim Knox doesn't waste breathe explaining to death. It is what it is and details provided are necessary to the storyline of character development. I find it a refreshing way to read a new world. *********************** Characters. I would say there weren't many notable sub-characters. There are no best friends or side kicks. Mainly it is just Chae and Daned on their own braving the journey through the atmosphere in a small and poorly agile tau-class ship. Having the two solely rely on one another is key to accepting the romance blooming from the lust they both share. *********************** Romance: What I loved the most about the romance was the idea of Permanence. It read to me like that of soul-mates. Something deeper- soul calling to soul but in Chae and Daned's case it's genes calling to genes. They are a genetic match. *********************** All in all, Gambit is perfect for romance lovers who are comfortable with reading Sci-fi and steamy scenes. I'm not to sure I can go toe to toe with a true buff of the genre but I feel comfy enough to read sci-fi with the best of them. So, yes, I'm eager to read more from this author. In fact, I've already got my eye on a few. I enjoy Kim's writing. She dishes the adventure, suspense, and lusty romance in grand proportions.
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