Makarios of Kronos is a rebel, a smuggler who reports to no one, not even those on Rogue 5. But one betrayal sends him to a Coalition brig, and to a fate worse than death—capture by the Hive. He escapes but exchanges one prison for another. He now lives on the Colony, contaminated and deemed a risk. He'll do anything to regain his freedom, including agree to a bargain with a beautiful, cunning warrior with secrets of her own.
Gwendolyn Fernandez volunteered to defend Earth from the Hive menace. For four years, she was a valued member of Coalition ReCon, until the Hive caught up with her, and a strange Nexus creature took special interest in her integration.
Gwen escaped with super-human strength and a will to live that cannot be broken, until the governor of the Colony demands she choose a mate. A bargain with Makarios seems so simple until he conquers her in a way no other has—body and soul—yet the Hive Nexus who wanted her for himself won't take no for an answer.
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Female victim of the Hive
This story takes us on a different direction as we meet the first female victim of the Hive. The Nexus who captured and changed Gwen in a truly dreadful way and unwittingly opened the door to the final battle between the Hive and the rest of the universe. The relationship between Mark and Gwen was perfection. I loved that Mark did not feel diminished by Gwen as she acted as his superior on the battlefield yet was still the growly possessive alpha male that Ms. Goodwin writes so well. He saw the truth of Gwen - my favourite line was “I see you.” Great story!
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