Beloved Traveler by Janet Miller
Bold Traveler pirate and shy Gaian widow � love has a way of warping the rules!
Gaian widow Ana Ranalla took the job of nanny to her friends� children to explore the Outer Colonies and to escape having to go to any more unsuccessful marriage meets. Looking for adventure rather than love she hadn�t planned on meeting her best friend�s brother, Jack An Flena in a dusk-filled forest clearing. He enchants her with his singing but even worse his unexpected kiss leaves her senses reeling and makes her wonder if Jack could possibly be her match.
An ex-member of Earthforce�s most infamous fighting unit, the Dark Angels, Jack An Flena has sought redemption by rescuing slaves from his former shipmates. He can�t believe he could make a woman like Ana fall in love with him or keep her love should the truth about his past misdeeds ever come out. Even so neither of them can resist acting when their attraction erupts into passion.
Both Jack and Ana worry that their love has no future but when slavers steal women from the village they combine her piloting skills and his weapons training to mount a rescue effort. In a ship that is seriously out-gunned by their enemies Jack and Ana have to survive their games with the slavers before determining if their past-haunted love affair has any chance of survival as well.