***Part of Eve Langlais' best selling Alien Abduction series. Originally published in the Loved in Space anthology.
Sometimes love comes with a tail.
Clarabelle might have been kidnapped from Earth years ago but she never forgot her roots. Her restlessness leads to her embarking on a quest to find a human colony. Instead, she encounters an alien dude who insists she's his mate.
Ha. As if she's going to settle down.
Clarabelle isn't about to take orders from anyone. Not even the alien hottie who has a disturbing tendency of shifting into a giant lizardman. Her idea of a happily ever after doesn't include a tail or glowing yellow eyes.
What will it take for her to accept his love and become his fated mate?
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Mate Abduction by Eve Langlais
Mate Abduction by Eve Langlais
Alien Abduction Series book 9. Can be read as a stand-alone science fiction short romance.
Previously published in a short term anthology called Loved in Space.
Clarabelle, one of the orphans from Earth in a prior book, is now an adult and on a quest to find more humans in the galaxy and hopefully a boyfriend.
Amusing and a fast read. Overlapping races and a few characters if you’ve read previous books. Lighthearted escapism with medium heat / sex scenes.
I love this author’s humor, so it was fun to read another book in the series.
“Fancy words don’t make it science.”
“Actually, they do, because we have the studies to prove the existence of a sykyrah bond [mating bond]. Do you think you’re the first skeptic?” There was a time when his people used to fight the sykyrah, wondering why they had to obey, especially when the bond struck between a pair belonging to warring tribes.
“Are you trying to tell me that people have managed to dissect these so-called matings? How?” she snorted. “Did they send out a survey and say hey, are you happy in your arranged marriage?”
“No need to have couples submit anything given a sykyrah bond is very noticeable, not to mention measurable on a few scales.”
“And because of some tests you’re going to claim instant love between people who never met before?” she challenged.
“That’s how it happens most often. The turning of a corner, the sudden meeting of eyes.” “Then what? Lightning bolt?”
“It’s a jolt of something. It’s hard to explain.” He shrugged.
“But you felt it? With me?” she specified, making it obvious she hadn’t experienced the same. “We wouldn’t be talking otherwise.”
“It’s one-sided only,” she stressed. “I don’t feel a thing.”
“You will,” he said with assurance.
Her lips flattened. “These sudden bonds, how many of them are successful long term? Do you have a lot of divorce?”
The definition was a foreign concept. “There is no dissolution of a sykyrah bond, ever.”
“What if the hubby turns out to be an abusive drunk? Or the wife cheats?”
“A mated pair would never harm each other.”
“If that’s true, then why do I want to slit your throat?”
“Want and do are two mightily different things.” He didn’t worry given she’d sheathed her knives. “I’m sure in time I’ll make you content enough you’ll just want to strangle me.”
Excerpt from Mate Abduction by Eve Langlais