AVAILABLE: Friday, May 4th
Eric Wilson volunteered to leave Earth to get away from his homophobic family. The only way he’d ever be able to have a life and fall in love was for him to start over somewhere far away. From the start, Eric knew there was no guarantee which planet he would live on. But, he never expected to go to the desert planet of Noglion. Eric doesn’t know much about the alien world. The only thing he’s heard are rumors, and those rumors terrify him.
Commander Gru Poez’iq knew he wanted Eric as soon as the beautiful human boarded his starship. But, in order to claim a pet, Gru has to get permission from his older brother, Finn. On Noglion, the males of the same bloodline share a mate. With his brother’s blessing, Gru goes to the arena and fights for Eric. After claiming the human’s body, Gru and his brothers, Khaun and Finn, must love and protect their pet, even if it’s from other Noglions, jealous that they claimed a human. .
Eric Wilson pressed his chin to his chest. He kept his gaze directed at the floor, afraid to look up, scared to make eye contact with any of the Noglion males on the starship. Eric shook, fear consuming him. He glanced over at the trembling young man next to him, Dennis Osborne. The poor guy was young, maybe twenty, and more scared than Eric, if that were possible.
“I’m not worth it,” Georgie said, his voice breaking the silence. “I’m sorry. I made a mistake. A terrible mistake, but you can’t trade them for me. It’s not right. Take them back to the ship. I’ll go to Noglion.”
Relief poured through Eric. In truth, he didn’t want to go to the alien planet of Noglion, not after everything he’d heard. The rumors about the males were enough to make his skin crawl. It was said that they kept their human pets naked, except for a collar and leash. And although Eric had volunteered to leave Earth to find a mate on a faraway planet, he wasn’t interested in being anyone’s pet.
“It’s too late for that, little human,” a deep, gravelly voice replied.
Eric pulled his lower lip into his mouth and bit down. The male’s voice affected Eric more than he cared to admit. Goosebumps broke out on his arms, and he shivered involuntarily, even though the temperature on this ship was quite warm. He’d barely caught a glance at these males before averting his gaze. But now, he had to admit that he was curious. Eric took a deep breath, steeling his nerves, before glancing up. When he saw the huge males, he let out a shocked gasp and his eyes widened.
The Noglion males were enormous humanoid-looking aliens. Their bodies were thickly muscled and massive, and they were all tall. Each stood at nearly seven feet tall and wore tan-colored loincloths, brown leather sandals that laced up their thick calves, and there were bronze bands wrapped tightly around their muscular biceps. Their skin looked as though it were covered in scales, from the top of their bald heads down to their feet.
The scales on each male were different, the diamond-shaped markings in various colors—greenish gray, olive green, and tones of brown. Their muscles were on display, massive and intimidating. And their eyes were yellow with thin elliptical-shaped pupils and bony brow ridges, pronounced and sticking out. But the most frightening thing about the Noglion males was their claw-tipped hands. The nails looked like sharp blades.
As Eric took in the sight before him, he quickly realized that the Noglion males shared similar traits with reptiles. It was slightly terrifying.
“You have a mate, and he wants you back. You don’t need to worry about these humans. They will be well cared for.”
Eric started shaking his head. He didn’t want to be cared for by these males. He didn’t want to go to Noglion. Eric took a step back. He wanted to run away, but he quickly realized that he couldn’t go anywhere. The Glecerian ambassador, Rett T’Rul, was blocking the pathway back to the ship and in front of him stood several rows of Noglion males. There was nowhere to run.
His heart started pounding rapidly, and his world spun. Eric’s knees weakened. Dennis seemed to understand. The other human reached out and grabbed hold of Eric’s arm, steadying him before he could fall.
“Go to your mate.”
The Noglion male gave Georgie a little push, coaxing him to move. Georgie stumbled forward. He looked a little worried as he walked toward his mate, Rett. They silently stared at one another and Eric held his breath, waiting. When Georgie reached Rett’s side, a Noglion male moved toward Eric and Dennis. He tilted his head to the side, a signal for them to follow.
Eric opened his mouth, ready to object, but one fierce look from the Noglion male and he remained silent. The words froze on his tongue, and his throat closed up, preventing him from speaking. Fear, unlike anything Eric had ever felt before, sang through his veins, making him shake uncontrollably. Dennis, the man beside him, held Eric’s arm as they were led away. Eric glanced at Dennis and quickly realized that the other man was wearing a similar expression. It was one of absolute dread. It seemed as though neither of them wanted to go to Noglion.