Working to heal wounded Alphan warriors is the new duty of bondmates Leo and Deklan. Although recovered from severe injuries received on the field of battle, they are no longer fit to fight. Their orderly, all-male existence is turned upside down when an injured human female becomes their new responsibility.
Aura Tremain wakes up in an alien hospital, healing from a beating delivered by the Xyrans who’d kidnapped her. Upon her discharge, two handsome Alphan men offer her refuge until she’s well enough to travel.
Even though Leo and Deklan know they will never be permitted to bond with Aura as their souls demand, they can’t ignore the desire she stirs in them. Her time with them is short, but so intense. Will the intimacies they share be strong enough to withstand the expectation that bondmates are for battle-worthy warriors? Can their passion bind the three of them forever?
Welcome to In A Dream Beyond, Leo, Deklan and Aura! Please, make yourselves comfortable. I’m thrilled to have you here and to be able to interview you. I don’t want to steal too much of your time, so let us begin.
Can you tell us a little about where you come from?
Aura: I’m from Earth, a refugee camp located in Idaho, but I was kidnapped from there by Xyrans looking for women and children to sell in the slave markets. Some Alphan soldiers captured their ship and returned my fellow humans to Earth, but I had to stay behind since I was injured.
Leo: My bondmate and I are from Alpha, a planet similar to Earth with a strong military tradition. We live with honor and obedience to our laws and king. Deklan and I have travelled the galaxy since we were teenagers after we joined the military.
Is that where you call home?
Deklan: Now we live on Earth, on our own land in Manitoba where we operate a mine. Leo and I were not able to return to Alpha with Aura and risk losing her, so we decided to forgo our home planet.
Please, tell us a little about your story. How did you meet?
Aura: They cared for me when I arrived at the hospital. Since the Alphan military is entirely male, there was no privacy for me as I recovered until Leo and Deklan offered me the use of their spare room.
Leo: To be accurate, we were ordered to give you our spare room, in order that you not become a distraction to the recuperating soldiers. It was very awkward at first, since we had no experience with feminine habits.
Deklan: But we were very grateful to have you join us. (kisses)
There’s no doubt that there’s passion between you, but what else attracts you about one another?
Leo: Aura completes our bond. Deklan and I have been partners since we were new recruits, but always hoped to find a woman who would mesh with our hearts and minds the way Aura does. We strengthen each other, sense each other’s moods, would defend each other to the death. It’s instinctive, powerful, and something one is lucky to experience once in a lifetime.
Deklan: She is kind, brave enough to fight a Xyran bare-handed, and strong enough to best two Alphan warriors in any battle of wits.
Aura: How could I not fall in love with them? They cared for me when I was ill, protected me, and they’re both sexy as hell.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Deklan: For me, it was when we were forced to send Aura back to Earth to re-join her people. It tore my heart apart to see her get on that ship and know that would be the last.
Leo: Even though we’d bonded with her in the short time we had together, Alphan tradition dictates that only high-ranking officers have the opportunity to join with a woman in a sanctioned match. Neither Deklan nor I qualified since we were disabled in battle and no longer able to rise in the ranks, or defend her if challenged by another Alphan bondmate pair.
Aura: The two of you would have defeated anyone who dared come between us. Or I would have.
In an ordinary day, what makes you laugh?
Aura: That’s easy. I love watching Leo and Deklan taking care of our daughter, Io. Even though she’s only two, she has them wrapped around her pudgy finger and they will do anything to please her. There’s nothing like watching two burly men dress their little girl in her favorite green tutu and glitter slippers. She’s growing up to be a spoiled Alphan princess, I’m afraid.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a lazy morning?
Deklan: We so rarely have lazy mornings between care of our child and work on our property, but if we did have one, I’d like to get up early, go fishing for trout in the stream that runs near our lodge, and have them fried and ready for breakfast by the time everyone else wakes up.
Leo: I want to sleep in. With Aura.
Finally, what’s your dream?
Leo: We already have our dream. We have our family, our home, and a bright future ahead of us.
Heating up the cool: September quickie
Deklan of the Raghar
Favorite color: Blood red
Favorite scent: Aura Tremain’s skin
Favorite food: On Alpha, liuq (grilled loin of an antelope-like creature, served rare). On Earth, triple decker chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.
Favorite song: The Dirge of the Lost Cohort
A book to read this month: Underground Mining Methods: Engineering Fundamentals and International Case Studies by William A. Hustrulid and Richard L. Bullock
Complete this phrase: Keep Calm and Destroy Your Enemies
What you’re look forward to this month: Completing the plumbing in the greenhouse and getting to work on preparing the nursery for the arrival of our second child.
About J. J. Lore:
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It was strange to wake up in a bed with an alien male, no, two alien males, she amended. She glanced over to see Leo was still asleep, sprawled on his belly, his head cradled on his bent arm. Lots of thick muscles under gleaming skin on display. They both looked so strong.
She turned her head back to Deklan and jumped with surprise to find him watching her with half-closed, sleepy eyes.
“Sleep well?” he whispered.
She nodded. Deklan’s eyes crinkled at the corners. He inhaled and stretched his arms over his head with a sigh, inadvertently dislodging the sheet even further down his body. He was wearing dark pants so there wasn’t much more she could see, not that she should be looking any further. She couldn’t quite take her eyes off him, though. As he lowered his arms, the one closest to her nudged along her shoulder and coasted down her arm, his large hand finally coming to rest next to hers. He edged closer and watched her for a moment. She could feel the heat of his body.
“Do I look very different?”
“Different than what?” Aura whispered back, unwilling to disturb Leo when he’d been so kind to her.
“A human male. I’ve never seen one in the flesh nor seen a human female until the ship landed.”
“You look different. Bigger, stronger. Your skin is…” She trailed off, notquite sure how to put her newfound affinity for gold.
“Is what?” Deklan rubbed his hand along his chest, bumping over swells of muscle, disturbing the fine black hairs tapering down his abdomen. His voice was rough, and the timbre of it vibrated some previously unknown part of her ear.
“It’s beautiful.” Her honest assessment resulted in a disbelieving smile from the Alphan lounging next to her.
“It serves its purpose. I’d never call it beautiful, especially compared to yours.” Deklan glanced at her face, then her shoulders and arms exposed by the borrowed tank she’d worn to sleep. She knew she was blushing since her face was so hot. In an effort to compose herself, she looked over at Leo to find he was still deeply asleep, unmoving from when she’d last seen him.
A large hand sliding along her arm brought her attention back to Deklan to find he’d edged closer and turned so he was curving against her now. Maybe he was just affectionate in the morning, maybe—
The sudden press of a hard cock against her hip made her shiver. At least, she assumed the hard, warm shaft she could feel through her thin clothing was a cock. Deklan was alien, so perhaps his equipment was different. Although why he’d be aroused in proximity to her was a mystery. Perhaps he was similar to a man and this was just the usual morning reaction.
“Your skin is so smooth and soft,” he murmured as he ran his fingertips along her hip, then her belly, cloth bunching up under his fingers, exposing some skin at her waist. The slight parting of fabric made her shiver, made warmth spike into heat along her nerves. “Not frightened?”
“No,” she whispered, caught up in the intensity of his gaze, the sheer sensual pleasure of having someone touch her.