Pet Trade

Pet Trade

by Carol Van Natta

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An injured veterinarian and a cyborg with unusual pets must join forces to save their town.

The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Animals aren't so lucky.

On a frontier planet, veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin made a home for herself in the frozen north. Her minder talent for healing all kinds of animals would ordinarily assure her success, but her unwilling stint in the shady pet trade industry left her damaged and scared. She works around her limitations as best she can, and rescues pet trade castoffs.

"Volunteered" for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escaped and crash-landed a stolen freighter in the northern mountains of a frontier planet, only to discover a secret shipment of designer pets was part of the cargo. Determined to do right by them, he enlists reluctant Bethnee's aid in caring for them--a definite challenge, considering Bethnee is terrified of him.

When greedy mercenaries come raiding, can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, with help from their unusual pets, and save the day?

It's a deadly adventure--with pets--in the fringes of space. Grab your copy of Pet Trade today!
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"Pet Trade is a poignant romance... I loved watching as these two individuals start to heal, and find love together."
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Series note: Pet Trade takes place between Pico's Crush and Jumper's Hope in the Central Galactic Concordance series, but is a standalone story. Originally appeared in the USA TODAY bestselling anthology Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159136459
Publisher: Chavanch Press, LLC
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Series: Central Galactic Concordance
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 114,560
File size: 974 KB

About the Author

Carol Van Natta is a USA TODAY bestselling science fiction and fantasy author. Works include the Central Galactic Concordance space opera series, paranormal romance, and retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Find her on the web at or Sign up for her author newsletter to find out about new releases and more at

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Pet Trade 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Great Story Van Natta's Pet Trade was a captivating novella, and part of the Central Galactic Concordance series. I've read a lot of her work, and actually am in the process of catching up to read all of her work. I was honored that Van Natta shared more of her stories with me. There is a sense of journey and survival in this story, and in the Central Galactic Concordance, there is more of a survival of humans and cyborgs (or a combination of the two), but animals, not so much. This story explores that revenue and how someone sees this is overlooked and must do whatever it takes to save them. It's a standalone novella in part of this series, but I recommend reading all of it, not because a reader would get lost, but because it just makes sense to read stories this good.
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
This one was really good and there were so many pets, which made me happy. And lots of unique pets too and almost every scene had pets in them. They played an important role in the story and were interwoven everywhere. I liked both of the main characters, they both had a tough life so far and are trying to find some peace and quiet on this planet. And seeing the female main character who was afraid of men slowly allow him close was great to see. I thought both character felt realistic and I enjoyed reading about them. The romance was slow paced, which totally fit the story. There was a time skip in the middle of the story that worked well. I liked how much both characters cared about the pets. The author pulled of the short form really well and I never felt like I was missing something or things were rushed. I definitely plan to check out some of her other books.