Jasmine Teale will do anything for the sick kids she works for, including handcuffing herself to the security desk at Hope Towers – headquarters of the newly-arrived aliens. When a Jendari warrior decides to handle her demonstration personally, Jasmine realizes she’s in way over her head.
Tallis Ba’reah has no interest in the humans whose planet his people now share, and he’s done with the endless anti-alien protests. Until he confronts a soft, sexy, protest-of-one and he becomes far more interested than he should be.
Interspecies relationships are forbidden, and Tallis does his best to avoid temptation. But when Jasmine is put at risk because of her ties to him, he’s forced to admit his heart is in charge – not his head.
Tallis may not be able to claim her for his own, but he’ll do whatever it takes keep her safe.
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As he drew closer to the action he realized it was a protest of one. A soft, feminine kind of one that was all fluff and no claws. She had volume, he’d give her that, but she was no threat. It wasn’t the ill-fitting business suite that gave her away, it was the waves of fear and anxiety that pulsed in waves from her body. She’d also handcuffed herself to the security desk, which lowered her threat potential even further. Motioning to security to stand down, Tallis kept walking until he was almost toe to toe with the woman.
Well, that was pretty courageous, all things considered.
The woman peered up at him and he watched as she swallowed hard. “Um, thank you?”
The fear in her eyes remained, so Tallis stepped back a little to give her some space.
“What do you want?” he asked, pitching his voice for quiet command.
“I, um, well…”
She took an instinctive step back and the handcuff jerked her to a halt. “Wait, don’t go.” She looked up and hit him with pleading eyes. “I want to talk. In fact, you’re who I’ve come to see.”
Tallis shook his head. “I don’t know you.”
“Tallis Ba’reha.” Confused as hell but having no option but to play along, Tallis reached out. His hand almost swallowed hers whole, and when he felt how badly she was trembling he gentled his grip. Her hand felt tiny in his, and her skin slid soft and smooth against his palm as he released her. “What will it take for you to go away quietly, Jasmine Teale?”
“Ten minutes of your time.” She was looking a little wild-eyed, but at least she was stringing entire sentences together now.
“Done.” Moving closer to the counter, Tallis used his body to block the array of smart phones the crowed had pointed in their direction. “I’ll give you ten minutes, and you’ll give me utterly silent obedience from now until we get into my office. Agreed?”
“Yes.” She rummaged in her pocket and produced a small key. “Just give me—”
“Jasmine Teale.” He waited until her blue-green eyes flicked back up to meet his stare. “The obedience is silent.”