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Publisher Description

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall.

Balvan, the Refuge’s Gatekeeper, is huge, green, and has a reputation for crushing skulls. He’s a modified humanoid, genetically designed to be the ultimate warrior. One of a kind and considered monstrous by many, he never expects to find his mate, the one female meant for him.

Elyce, snatched from her home half a solar cycle ago, has finally escaped her brutal captors. She arrives at the Refuge barely alive. Only a blood transfusion from the largest male she has ever seen will save her life. But it will also bind her to him forever. Staring up, up, up at him, she wonders why she wants to be free. His gentle touch revives yearnings she thought dead. His lips set her skin ablaze. His massive muscles make her feel safe.

That feeling could be an illusion. Elyce’s captors want their slave back and they won’t stop until they have her. To give his mate her freedom, Balvan might be forced to give up everything he has – his role as the Gatekeeper, Elyce’s love, and his life.

Dark Strength is a STANDALONE Alien SciFi Romance set in a gritty, dark world.
It is the third of six stories in the completed Refuge series.
Book 1: Dark Thoughts
Book 2: Dark Flight
Book 3: Dark Strength
Book 4: Dark Fire
Book 5: Dark Warlord
Book 6: Dark Cure
Dark Arsenal officially resides in the Cyborg Sizzle series but features Vicuska from the Refuge series.

February 2
Cynthia Sax
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Jannie3381 ,

An emotion-filled story that held my rapt attention!

Enslaved by a sadistic male, Elyce’s story is dark. Balvan, a huge green male, changes that when she is rescued from the desert, near death. Elyce is sure Balvan is an illusion she created, but still, he is male and not to be trusted. As she interacts with him it is clear to see trust will be hard-won. Bit by bit, Balvan chips away at her barriers proving he is trustworthy, but the road to Trust, for Elyce, is long and hard.
I am in awe of Elyce! She show amazing inner strength to have endured for so long and still managed to escape across the desert. Her transformation as she begins to trust just one male is wonderful.
As for Balvan, for someone so large and dangerous, he can be incredibly gentle. His every moment is spent ensuring Elyce’s safety. He is “...the gatekeeper, the warrior, the guardian of her soul, the caretaker of her heart.”
I love seeing familiar faces from past stories in The Refuge. Ms. Sax’s surreptitious sense of humor slides in, in the most unexpected ways. I love it!

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