Tazzy is a peacekeeper for the Nyal Imperium. Her job consists of going where they tell her and keeping the peace. Stationed on a world as liaison between local government and the imperium, she is shocked to find herself caught between two men, one she has only just met and the other she had given up for dead.
Silver is shocked to see his ex-partner on the news vids, escorting a male Companion out of a dance club. If any man is going to be running their hands over that peacekeeper, it will be him. He sets things into motion that will put her in his path, but he has to beat his own brother to her and that is no mean feat.
Tazzy settled in to the comfy couch and watched the men who worked at this establishment as they rubbed up against the women with an eye toward intimacy.
Tazzy sighed, it was her first off day since she had arrived on Decolian 12, and her co-workers had insisted that she get a feel for the local entertainment. A male Companion bar was just the thing to work the kinks out or perhaps to try a new one.
“You are enjoying yourself, yes?” Yuula blinked her wide serpentine eyes.
“I am. It is very different from what I had anticipated.” That much was completely true. She watched the men flex and strain in the gravity columns, their muscular bodies gleaming as they twisted and danced under the pressure generated by the magnetic waves.
Servers glided through the crowds on silent feet, offering refreshments to the women watching the show and bestowing light caresses as they passed the on-lookers.
It was a lot more interactive than she had anticipated, but Tazzy had a job to do, and she was going to do it.
She reclined in her chair and sipped her drink. Her target wasn’t on the floor yet, so she had time to kill. While she was technically enjoying a day off, her work as a peacekeeper never truly ended. The royal family had made it clear that retrieving one of their own would be appreciated. It had altered her choice of day-off activities in favour of seeking out the missing prince.
“I am so happy that you agreed to join me today, Commander.” Yuula was shifting sinuously in her chair in time to the music.
“I don’t know how long I am staying.”
Yuula looked at her with a piercing gaze. “Oh. He is loose again.”
“Indeed. This is the most likely location.” Tazzy sipped at her drink and shifted her thighs together slightly. It was an indicator of arousal, and it might just get her the attention of her target. As a signal, it was effective, three of the men straining for the female focus suddenly gravitated toward the VIP seating where Tazzy was sitting with Yuula.
Tazzy kept her composure as Yuula stroked, petted and caressed the males within touching distance.
The next wave of males came forward, and Tazzy sighed at the pretty image that Sollas made in his mask and little else. His pale skin camouflaged the developing musculature underneath, but he was definitely a fair match for the other dancers.
His dark sapphire gaze skimmed over the crowd, and when she lifted her fingers, tapping twice on the table, he came over with a swagger and a grin.
When Silver sees the woman he has never forgotten on the arm of the wrong man, he knows he must step up the plan to get Tazzy back into his life. Convincing Tazzy he has returned from the dead is only half the battle. Silver isn’t the only one who has had a miraculous recovery. Can he convince Tazzy the changes made in her physiology do not make him want her any less?
Halt by Viola Grace is part of the Terran Times series. Tazzy is a peacekeeper with a classified special skill. During a mission gone horribly bad, she is injured. Once she is healed, her next appointment places her on the same planet as the man she began having feelings for, her former partner. Seeing him brings feelings she is not ready to deal with especially as she thought he was dead. Silver nearly died but instead the cure changed the man he was. But he never forgot his partner and he moved behind the scenes to get her back. But can he convince her that her new skill and scarred body will have a limited effect on him and his feelings?
I couldn’t really get a grasp of either character in this story. Tazzy had body issues in addition to her new abilities that kicked in once she had contact with anyone. She loved and lost her partner before they had a chance to see if they could be more than just work partners. Silver apparently loved Tazzy and was determined to get her back into his life. That being said I didn’t believe their chemistry. While the story was technically well written their relationship felt mechanical and necessary for the story with no depth or feeling.
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