Saturday, May 16, 2009

Stargazers 2: Willful by Anne Kane

Stargazers 2: Willful
by Anne Kane

Cover art by Bryan Keller
ISBN: 978-1-60521-180-0
Genre(s): Futuristic, Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi
Theme(s): Ménage, Magic and Mayhem
Series: Stargazers
Length: Novella


Born both a Stargazer and Daughter-Heir to the throne of New Zanadles, Jazlyn is used to a life of pampered luxury. But when the planet runs into financial trouble, her father agrees to bind her to a five-year term of service aboard a vessel with two very virile interplanetary merchants.
Her leisurely life is replaced by a whirlwind of Intergalactic Council intrigues and the lusty attentions of her new employers, but when space pirates attack, a routine delivery turns into a deadly struggle for control of the ship.

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Jazlyn turned to Bryce. "Perhaps you can fill me in on where we're heading." She led him to the seating area under the great tapestry. She sank into the cushions of the overstuffed sofa, leaving him to choose from several large chairs. "My father didn't tell me why you contracted me instead of one of the Council Stargazers. I've never performed on any vessel but my father's."
She stared at him with those gorgeous green eyes, and he felt the blood pool low in his groin. This would definitely be an interesting voyage.
"We have a shipment of flash-dried subsistence packs for the Globar system. They're in the midst of the worst drought in recorded history and they're getting desperate." He hesitated to mention the Intergalactic Council's interest in the system, unsure of her political leanings. "We need a Stargazer's talent to cut travel times and get the shipment to them before anyone starves. Your father was the only one who expressed an interest in the contract."
Jazlyn raised a hand to sweep the hair back from her face, and the bangles on her arm jingled melodically. A frown marred the perfect line of her brow. "I had no idea the situation was so serious. You might want to reconsider taking on an untried Stargazer."
"None of the others were willing to take the contract." He held up a hand. "I'm sure you'll do fine. Your father seems to have a great deal of confidence in your abilities, as does the Commander of the Imperial Fleet." And he did not intend to trade this gorgeous morsel for one of the hard-eyed Council witches. "We've had a Stargazer platform installed, and I've arranged a meditation chamber just off the bridge for your use. We've never utilized the services of a Stargazer before, so if there's anything else you need, just ask."
"You've never used a Stargazer before?"
"No, usually we're fine with standard means of transportation." He grinned at her. "And we'd never make any money if we had to pay your father's rates on a regular basis."
She cocked her head and his eyes followed the shimmering blue streaks as the silky mass flowed down her back. Were they a sign of her talent or just nano-enhanced strands? He'd never paid much attention to the Stargazers he'd encountered before, but then none of them had caused his cock to harden so that it chafed behind the cloth of his snug leggings.
"Do you know how we work?"
The look of dread on her face caused him to smile gently. "I know enough. You can see the energy lines that join the stars and planets and can tap into them." He paused. "And I know you have to be naked in order to manipulate the energy, although I don't understand why."
Jazlyn visibly relaxed. "Clothing impedes the flow of energy. I use my body to channel the flow, so I don't want anything blocking that energy flow. Part of the reason for the specialized platform is to shield me from the crew." She wrinkled her nose in an endearing expression that made him want to drag her into his arms and kiss her until she couldn't breathe. "Some people have a real problem with nudity."
Bryce nodded in what he hoped was a comforting gesture, and shifted in his seat to ease the pressure of his clothing on his rock-hard shaft. He didn't have a problem with nudity. Right now, he'd be happy to have both of them naked, preferably somewhere other than in her father's palace. He didn't think the king would be overly impressed with what he had in mind for the Daughter-Heir.
"And then there's sex." Her gaze swept over his body in a frankly assessing manner. "We use sex to bolster our power. The chemicals released in the body during copulation heighten our talents and enable us to absorb more of the power of the ley lines without burning out. I'll need someone to partner with me several times during every voyage." She paused, and he watched, fascinated, as she wet her lips with her tongue. "You and your partner would be acceptable, but if you'd rather not participate, perhaps you could suggest a member of your crew. I'd need to approve your choice, of course."
Bryce stared, shock radiating through him. Had she just suggested a threesome with him and Tyler? The thought had electric charges of heat racing through his veins. He leaned toward the little witch. "You want Tyler and me to fuck you? At the same time?"
A ghost of a smile hovered on those delicious lips. "To be honest, I'd prefer to phrase it a little less bluntly, but yes. That's the general idea. I've never had multiple partners before, and the idea is intriguing."
"Well." Bryce felt like a newbie at the flight academy, propositioning his first female. "I'm sure we'll both do our best to help you achieve your goal."
She smiled wickedly. "Perhaps you'd care to demonstrate?"

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