Silver Bound

Silver Bound

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by Ella Drake
     
 

Sheriff Guy Trident doesn't have much to do with off-worlders; he has his hands full keeping his own planet safe. But he'll do anything, go anywhere to save Jewel Quinn. She broke his heart years ago when she left to marry a Terraloft aristocrat. Now she's run away from her husband, only to fall into the clutches of slavers.

Posing as a wealthy playboy, Guy

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Overview

Sheriff Guy Trident doesn't have much to do with off-worlders; he has his hands full keeping his own planet safe. But he'll do anything, go anywhere to save Jewel Quinn. She broke his heart years ago when she left to marry a Terraloft aristocrat. Now she's run away from her husband, only to fall into the clutches of slavers.

Posing as a wealthy playboy, Guy arrives at Zuthuru Station to learn he's too late: Jewel's memories have been erased. She's been tipped in silver, a process that leaves nothing behind except her body, sexually bound to pleasuring her master. Unwilling to give up hope, Guy buys her.

Jewel fights to reclaim herself, recalling a different connection to the handsome sheriff, remembering the frightened eyes of a young boy and the events that made her run. Together she and Guy search for her cure, plan her son's rescue from her ruthless ex, and test if they have any kind of future...before the past catches up to them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426890796
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
11/22/2010
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
801,716
File size:
663 KB

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Her only hope was escape. The chill of the shuttle and the loud pounding in her ears made her body quake, but Jewel squelched the shivers.

She ran a hand through her son's soft blond hair as he stood beside her, bouncing and eager for the hatch to open. They waited in the small docking area of the Geanus shuttlecraft. The same craft she'd stolen from her husband, Kalon, days before. To steady her shaking hand, she gripped Jared's shoulder in a light squeeze.

“Will there be pirates?” Eyes twinkling up at her, Jared grinned, full of adventure.

“No, sweet one. Remember, we're on holiday. Everything's perfectly safe.”

The door swung open with a shlurp and all hope of safety fled. Tears stung her eyes as she hitched up her chin and stared at her husband's two goons filling the doorway and blocking their escape. They'd almost made it. Almost.

Behind the beefy men who glared at her, phasers in hand—no doubt the choice of weapon to avoid hurting Jared—the station docks filled with people going about their business. None of them would stop, or even hesitate, if she screamed for help. She swallowed the urge and forced her trembling lips into a pasted-on smile at the tallest one, who wore leather and a menacing smile. She'd forgotten his name, if she ever knew it.

“Why, boys, are you here to accompany us to the circus? Jared's excited. He's never been to the circus before.”

The guard's scowl turned to confusion. “Circus?”

Spinning on her heel, she scooped Jared into her arms and sprinted through the cabin of the shuttle.

“Hey.” One of the guards sputtered. Clamoring and cursing erupted behind them.

The two goons right behind them, she stumbled into the cockpit, turning to take the brunt of the fall. A sharp pain throbbed in her hip. Still on the floor beneath Jared, she stretched her leg and hit the door pad with her foot.

Swish.

The hatch slid closed on the curses of the tall one.

Her speech caught as she sucked in air, too winded to reassure Jared who clutched at her, ruining the expensive weave of her shirt—picked and paid for by Kalon. She'd never liked the thing anyway.

The pounding on the door was muffled from the reinforced airtight seal. Good. The guards were locked out. Or she and Jared were locked in this tiny cockpit. Jared scrambled off her, and she pulled herself up using the foldout table where she'd spent the journey teaching Jared how to play cards. Their game had scattered on the floor.

Jared stared at the closed portal. “Why'd we close the door on Ben? He'd like the circus, too.”

Leave it to Kalon to send Jared's favorite guard. Her husband might not make the effort to understand his wife, but he apparently got full reports of Jared's likes and dislikes. “I'm sure he'd enjoy the circus, baby.”

“I'm four. Not a baby.”

“No. You're a big boy. Brave.” What was she going to do? All of this was for Jared. All of it.

A light blinked on the console. A message waited, probably from Kalon. She wouldn't check it. There was nothing he could say that would make anything right.

“Strap in, moonbeam. I'll show you the docking controls before we go.”

“Really?” His eyes widened and all his teeth showed in his big grin.

After he sat, legs dangling, she checked his harness and slammed her body into the pilot seat, her hip protesting. She missed the buckle twice. Finally, she clicked in and punched the controls with shaking fingers.

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Meet the Author

As a child Ella read every book she could get her hands on, which meant most of her dad's science fiction and fantasy collection. There she found a special love of elves, dragons and knights. Now that she's found her own knight in shining armor and happily ever after, she loves to write tales of fantasy that are hot enough to scorch the sheets.



Before she started writing, Ella was a waitress, a cashier, a receptionist to a U.S. Senator, a network admin, a web developer and an all-around card-carrying geek. One day she sat down and wrote that first sentence. She hasn't stopped since. A 2010 PRISM award finalist, she's written gothic romance with cursed families, shape shifters, and science fiction. She'd love to hear from readers and can be found at her website, elladrake.com, on Twitter as Lori_Ella or on Facebook at facebook.com/ella.drake.

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