Welcome back to the Blue Solace: (Sequel to "The Mercenary's Mate")
Leti Ando and Will Hackett are certain about one thing in all the galaxy. They love one another. Now that they are mated, it's time to meet Hack's parents and settle into their new home. In a normal courtship, the two would spend time getting to know one another and reveling in their love. Normal isn't what they get.
Leti struggles to understand the artifact Dr. Morrick left them, but what he's discovering is unbelievable and completely frightening. If his theories are true, then the entire galaxy is at risk. Meanwhile, he tries to adjust to Charybdis Station, deal with his parents, and worse of all, learn to cook. Luckily he has friends, old and new, to help him.
Hack comes home to Charybdis Station, expecting a break from the hectic adventures of the past few months. What he gets are changes, more responsibilities, and a war with the Concord. He'll deal with it, though. All he has to do is look around him to understand why it's time to fight back.
Together, the new couple must learn to stand together, to accept and support one another. Their happiness isn't the only thing at risk.
Author's Note: 60,000+ words. This is a m/m love story with no angst and no cheating, just a HEA. There is lots of action, a little sex, mpreg, and a few potty mouths involved in the story. 18+ readers only, please. It is also the second book in a series that is best read in order. Read "The Mercenary's Mate" first!
Publisher: Independently Published
Tropes: Alien Artifacts, Cross-Species Friendships, Fated Mates, Found Family, Galactic Civilization, Interspecies Adoption, Interspecies Romance
Word Count: 60000
Setting: space station; space
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Boral System, Planet Derelict
“Thank you for joining us for this most important event,” Leti Ando addressed the crew and passengers of The Blue Solace. His soulmate, Captain Will Hackett, stood at his side, yawning and trying to keep his eyes open. Leti’s infant sister, Pepper, had kept him awake every night for the past week.
“Captain ordered us to listen to you,” Finn said. “We have no choice.” The Cardinal’s tail twitched behind him and his cat-like ears drooped sadly. “Leti, come on. I want to go shopping.”
Leti ignored him. “I know everyone is eager to leave the ship and visit the planet while we refuel, so I really appreciate that you’ve taken time to share this moment with us.”
“Can we go yet, Hack?” Dru asked the Captain. “I’m really hungry and want market food. Like, yesterday.”READ MORE
“Today,” Leti continued, “is the day that my best friend in the whole galaxy becomes a freeman.” Leti held up Draif’s slave contract for his audience to see. “I remember when I first met him…”
“Leti, can you hurry? Morgan and I want to get to the bar sometime today,” Draif said, rolling his eyes. “Just tear it up and come on.”
“Oh fine,” Leti said, frowning. “I wanted to make it special, but no, let’s just tear it up like nothing important is happening.”
Dru groaned. “Fine, finish your speech.”
Leti smiled brightly at the ship’s lieutenant. “Thank you, Dru. I always knew I liked you best. Anyway, when I first met Draif, I didn’t realize how important he would become to me. Through the years, he’s been my best friend, my confidant, and truly the most important person in my life.”
“Uh, standing right here, baby,” Hack said. “You know, your soulmate? The father of your unborn child?”
“Draif is the most capable and talented person I know,” Leti said, ignoring his mate.
“I still surpass him in fighting,” said Selene, the ship’s weapons master, her voice monotone and flat as usual.
“Not for long, Selene,” Draif said in a singsong voice.
“I don’t know if I’d say he’s the most talented cook,” Juniper, the ship’s cook, added. “So, he can cook a couple of dishes, but who makes those little squirrel-shaped chocolates you like so well, huh? I don’t understand why you want them squirrel-shaped, but do I question you?”
“Don’t question him,” Draif said. “You don’t want to know.”
“He deserves so much in life,” Leti said, tearing up. “He deserves the best of everything—”
Hack’s snores interrupted Leti’s speech. His mate leaned against the wall, still standing, sound asleep.COLLAPSE