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The Ultimatum

The Ultimatum

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His captive has issued a most unusual ultimatum . . .
He must make love to her . . .
Little does he know that giving her what she needs may bind him to her forever . . .
Rystani star pilot Xander is willing to use unusual methods, no matter how unorthodox, to save the galaxy from a deadly virus. He's already resorted to kidnapping bio-geneticist Alara Calladar in the hopes that her psi-talent of identifying DNA will help find a cure to save both their worlds.
But now his sworn enemy has revealed that her biology requires her to periodically regenerate her cells by making love or she'll die. Really die.
Xander is stunned, yet fascinated, by her admission and wonders what other secrets she's keeping. While he has little choice but to agree to trade his life-saving love making for her psi powers, he's determined to keep an emotional distance. No way is he falling for her, a woman from a race who invaded and occupies his home world.
Soon their desperate bargain becomes a turbulent but all-consuming passion. Her body isn’t just rejuvenating each time they make love, it’s adapting to his on a genetic level. Before long she will be unable to make love to any man but Xander.
Xander resists becoming her conquest, but not even the dangerous mission can distract him from Alara's appeal. She's just the kind of woman he admires. Intelligent, resourceful, and passionate. If only he trusted her. If only she wasn't the enemy. If only his heart didn't have a mind of its own.
When together they must merge their talents to fight the most powerful forces in the galaxy, will trust win out, or will they lose each other forever?
The much-awaited sequel to The Challenge and The Dare.
His captive has issued a most unusual ultimatum . . .
He must make love to her . . .
Little does he know that giving her what she needs may bind him to her forever . . .
Rystani star pilot Xander is willing to use unusual methods, no matter how unorthodox, to save the galaxy from a deadly virus. He's already resorted to kidnapping bio-geneticist Alara Calladar in the hopes that her psi-talent of identifying DNA will help find a cure to save both their worlds.
But now his sworn enemy has revealed that her biology requires her to periodically regenerate her cells by making love or she'll die. Really die.
Xander is stunned, yet fascinated, by her admission and wonders what other secrets she's keeping. While he has little choice but to agree to trade his life-saving love making for her psi powers, he's determined to keep an emotional distance. No way is he falling for her, a woman from a race who invaded and occupies his home world.
Soon their desperate bargain becomes a turbulent but all-consuming passion. Her body isn’t just rejuvenating each time they make love, it’s adapting to his on a genetic level. Before long she will be unable to make love to any man but Xander.
Xander resists becoming her conquest, but not even the dangerous mission can distract him from Alara's appeal. She's just the kind of woman he admires. Intelligent, resourceful, and passionate. If only he trusted her. If only she wasn't the enemy. If only his heart didn't have a mind of its own.
When together they must merge their talents to fight the most powerful forces in the galaxy, will trust win out, or will they lose each other forever?
The much-awaited sequel to The Challenge and The Dare.

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Published by: BelleBooks Publishing House on Aug 05, 2013
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Prologue
“MAMA. DON’T LEAVE me.” Dr. Alara Calladar sat beside the palletshe’d made for her mother in her bombed and caved-in laboratory andgently held her hand. “Please don’t go.”“I have . . . no choice.” Her mother opened her eyes, and thecloudy haze of pain that had been there for days suddenly cleared. Shegripped Alara’s hand with fierce strength. “You must go on withoutme.”Alara’s throat tightened, but tears spilled over her cheeks. Shemight be a woman fully grown, she might be the most educatedwoman scientist on Endeki, but she still needed her mother. But hermother had closed her eyes again, leaving Alara alone, trapped in thecave in.What the
krek 
had happened to cause the blast in their homeabove them? She still didn’t know.Four days ago, she and her mother had entered Alarasunderground laboratory to check her latest experiments. While hermother wasn’t a scientist, she’d been a teacher, and she often helpedAlara clean the lab, answer calls, and pay bills, but mostly sheencouraged her independence. They’d been chatting about a play they both wanted to see whenwith no warning, the basement floor had shuddered like a quake. OnlyEndeki didn’t have quakes or seismic tremors like so many otherFederation worlds. Instinctively, mother and daughter stumbled towardone another. Fell. Part of the roof caved in. Dirt and powder raineddown, sending up clouds of dust, but thanks to the suits everyFederation citizen wore, they could filter the dirt from the air andshield their bodies from the debris.In the darkness, Alara had crawled to her toppled desk, found anemergency light, and discovered that huge beams blocked the stairsand their exit.Digging out from beneath the debris proved an impossible task. They’d been trapped down here for days, and while their suits keptthem warm and clean, they had to conserve their emergency lighting. They had no food and only a few mouthfuls to drink. Now, air was inshort supply. Yet, even suffocating would have been better than watching hermother die cell by cell, listening to her draw each tortured breath. Dueto the unusual connection between Endekian husbands and wives, hermother had instantly known that her husband, who had been in thehouse above, had died in the blast. Her father’s death had set off aphysiological chain reaction in her mother’s cells. Alara could describe
 
the process in scientific terms. But all of her extensive knowledgecouldn’t prevent the inevitable—her mother’s death.Alara couldn’t imagine what her mother must be feeling. Althoughthe marriage had been terrible for years, her mother had claimed thatshe’d once loved her father. As for Alara’s own feelings, she could onlyrage at her father for putting her mother through hell while he’d beenalive. If his demise wouldn’t soon cause the death of Alara’s preciousmother, she wouldn’t have minded his passing. She doubted she’dever forgive his many cruelties to his wife and daughter.Her mother had always tried to protect Alara, and her impendingdeath was no different. She’d kept the truth from Alara for two entiredays, suffering in silence, bravely enduring the agony of every organand tissue failing. But she could no longer conceal her pain. To lose the woman who had brought her into the world hurt somuch that Alara didn’t know how she would go on without her—if shesurvived the cave-in. That all of Alara’s education, all her sciencecouldn’t stop her mother’s biological reactions made her feel helpless,trapped by biology she hated.“Did you hear that?” Her mother’s eyes opened again.Drawn from her grief, Alara listened and smoothed back hermother’s hair and tried to make her voice cheerful. “Rescue workersare coming. They’ll get us out.”Despite what had to be immense pain, her mother offered a weaksmile. “Knowing you will live, I can die . . . with peace.”“No, Mother, please. We’ll heal you.”“It’s not possible . . . for me.” Her mother licked her dry lips andspoke with more strength than she had in days. “But you . . . you mustcontinue your research . . . so other women won’t die for no reason.”Alara could barely speak through her sorrow. “I can’t do it withoutyou.”“Promise . . . me . . . that you’ll never forget . . . that you’ll nevergive up . . .”Alara choked on the words. “I promise.”

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