Title: The Vessel
Author: Nancy Fraser
Genre: Military Sci-Fi Romance
A career soldier, Major Liam McGregor has been following strict military orders for over a decade. Considered one of the best by his superiors, it’s not surprising he’s the operative chosen for an assignment that, if successful, could save mankind.
Years earlier, chemical warfare left the women of earth sterile and the population is dwindling fast. The only hope for survival lies in the government scientists’ ability to successfully breed alien females with healthy human males. So far, their attempts have been mediocre at best.
Alora, second daughter of the House of Delawon, is their last hope. A government protectee since her family’s transport crash landed on earth years earlier, she is the last surviving fempod from Tethys, one of Saturn’s habitable moons.
Together Liam and Alora must travel from the government’s safe house in what used to be the state of Colorado to Traverse City, the new capitol of the United Republic. Their route takes through both safe and hostile territory.
What poses more of a threat? The lawless marauders who’ll stop at nothing to vanquish their prey? Or, the forbidden desires tempting the soldier and the alien princess?
Liam took a seat behind the desk and sank into the soft leather of the non-military-issue chair. Closing his eyes, he leaned back against the cushioned headrest and waited for the arrival of his charge.
“This is the man who’s supposed to protect me?”
Liam’s eyes snapped open, his gaze coming to rest on the tall, curvy fempod in front of him. Were it not for the unusual blue tint to her skin and her multicolored hair, she looked almost human.
Dr. Williams snickered. “Cut the boy some slack, Alora. Major McGregor’s been traveling for days just to get here.”
“He looks rather lazy to me,” Alora said, her sarcastic jab lost amid the smoky, honey-and-whiskey quality of her voice.
Liam shook his head, dislodging both her unusual appearance and sexy voice from his thoughts. “Sorry to disappoint you, Alora of Dela...uh..Dela-ˮ
“Delawon,” she bit out. “Alora, second daughter of the first house of Delawon.”
Oh great! She has a title, too. His jaw clenched. He’d been assigned escort duty for a sarcastic alien princess. A fact both Barrow and his boss had failed to mention.
“If you two will excuse me,” Dr. Williams said, motioning toward the lab, “I’ve got work to do.” Exiting the cramped, six-by-six office, Williams shut the door behind him.
Alora seated herself in the chair opposite his, raised her head, and met his gaze. Her eyes, a darker shade of blue than her skin, sparked with amusement. “So, how does this work?” she asked. “You stuff me in the back of your assault wagon, and I cower in fear until we reach the government’s precious medical lab?”
The thought of stuffing her in the cargo hold of the Humvee was not without merit.
“No. I was planning on letting you sit up front with me. However, if you’d prefer something more contained, I can arrange it.”
“What I’d prefer,” she said, a long sigh accentuating her words, “is transport back to Tethys. The sooner the better.”
He shrugged, taking care to emphasize the lift and fall of his shoulders in order to convey his disinterest. “Sorry. I left Betsy in the garage back in Traverse City and drove here instead.”
“My intersystem shuttle. I thought landing it near this rather obscure location might draw unwanted attention. Not that the steel fences and guardhouse haven’t already given the location away.”
She raised and lowered her gaze, measuring him from head to mid-chest before being interrupted by the top of the cluttered desk. “Are you capable of protecting me, Major McGregor? Your government’s record in that regard is shaky at best.”
He gave her the same up-and-down perusal then wished he hadn’t. Despite her alien origin, she was one fine-looking woman.
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The Vessel is serious when it needs to be, funny when the scene calls for it, and a testament to man’s (and alien’s) resilience. Written entirely from the military hero’s point of view, it gives us insight into how far a dedicated military man will go to do his duty.
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NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.
Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.
Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
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