TITLE: Lex Talionis
GENRE: Science Fantasy
Shalon has a mind link to the man she loves, Andor. He's fought to stay away from her…until now.
"Calm and sure of herself as never before, she smiled and raised her arms, ran her fingers through her hair. She threw her head back, closing her eyes as she did so. She could feel him looking at her. Felt her vest stretch tight across her breasts.
"Not cowardice. Self-preservation."
His voice sounded strained--and very close. Her eyes opened as his arms slid around her, cool and unbreakable as metal bands. He'd moved in front of her so quick, so silent, she'd missed his approach. Before she could focus on his features, his head dipped. His lips were soft against hers, the pressure of them firm, insistent. Shalon's head fell back as he pressed her mouth open. He tasted of wine and heat. Her blood sang with his touch; her arms circled his neck and pulled him closer. He felt hard against her through the silky texture of his suit.
His tongue brushed the inside of her lip, and she felt the touch to the soles of her feet.
Mine…whatever happens, whatever they say, you're mine. You always will be.
Andor's hand moved in her hair, stroking, grasping, and then he pulled away. She reached after him, but his hands slid forward, gripped her upper arms as he held her away from him.
"We cannot do this," he said, his voice a fierce whisper.