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Terrified, and in fear for her life after her husband, an undercover cop, is killed, Melanie Ross has nowhere to hide.
A squadron from a far planet visiting Earth on a reconnaissance survey prepares to leave, without one of their members who is dying of a virus. Irena must remain on Earth, so seeks a replacement to take her craft back to the other side of the Universe. Seeing Melanie’s predicament she offers her an escape. Reluctantly Melanie agrees.
Conquering her fears, she must learn to live among a superior race on Qindaga. Reve, commander of the star ship circling their planet, bears an inexplicable resemblance to her dead husband. Passion flares amid the stars, but can love with an alien flourish?
Alone! Alone! Alone!
Like a bizarre chant the one word reverberated in Melanie’s brain.
Sorrow, like a great weight, pressed down on her, making her heart feel as if it was being crushed.
“I can’t say how sorry I am.” Pete Marchant took her arm, as together, they walked along the stark corridor of the morgue—their footsteps echoing off the walls.
Melanie shuddered, almost tripping as another wave of sickness swept over her, and he tightened his hold. Shaking her head, she stared mutely up at the man at her side. Pete had been Chris’s partner for the last three years.
This wasn’t happening. It would prove to be a terrible nightmare, and soon she would wake to find her life as it was just a few hours ago. Comfortable, if not exciting.
But she had just seen her dead husband, so wasn’t in the midst of a dreadful dream.
“I…I have to sit down.” Her legs threatened to give way and she wavered. Pete led her to a wooden bench. “What am I going to do?” she wailed, running shaking fingers through her hair—hair she guessed was unkempt.
“I’ll help all I can, Mel. Chris was my best friend as well as my partner. You know that.” Pete squeezed her hand. Melanie barely felt it; she was too numb.
“Yes, I know.” Melanie tried for a smile, but her face felt like a piece of cardboard. She doubted she’d ever smile again.
“H…how did it happen? The Chief said he was fished out of the bay.” Choking back another sob, she bit hard on her lower lip. It was as numb as the rest of her. Except for her heart. That organ felt as if it was being cut in two. “My God!”
Although they’d done a good job of cleaning him up, Chris’s handsome face was a mess. Those bastards must have done him over well, before dumping him.
“How will I sleep nights thinking how he must have suffered before he died?” Barely aware of Pete’s arm about her shoulders, Melanie buried her face in her hands. “I can’t believe this.” She moaned on another shuddering sob.
“I know how you feel.” His voice was threaded with bitterness. “They won’t get away with it. You can depend on that.”
From tear-heavy eyes Melanie lifted her face to stare at him. “Do you have any idea w
ho it was?” she asked in a whisper.
“Oh yes.” His normally soft eyes took on a flinty coldness and his jaw was clenched so tight she could almost hear his teeth grinding. “We’d been working undercover for months on this case. I’ll carry on though. Don’t worry. We’ll catch the monsters.” He squeezed her hand again. “Chris won’t have died in vain. Have no fear.”
Fear in her heart Melanie stared at him. “Please be careful,” she pleaded with trembling lips, gripping his arm. “You have Lucy and the kids to think of. I don’t want them to have to go through what I’m going through right now.”
“I will.” Pete glanced about, frowning. “Look, I hate to leave you like this, but I have to go. Will you be all right now? One of the boys will give you a lift home. Ah, here’s Jackson. He’ll look after you.” Pete signalled to the blank-faced policeman who stood just inside the double glass doors at the end of the corridor. “Make sure Mrs. Ross gets home safe and sound, won’t you,” he called. The policeman nodded.
“I’ll come and see you tomorrow, all right? Try and get some sleep.” Pete gave her a look packed with sorrow before handing her into Jackson’s care.
"This is a strong outer space romance starring two delightful star-crossed lovers (literal & figurative). The story line is loaded with earthly and solar action. The support cast enables the audience to understand decisions made especially those by Melanie. Tricia McGill provides readers with a cogent romantic science fiction that is sure to gain her fans from both genres. Great Futuristic Romance."
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