Nine days had completely and totally changed her life forever. Brenda lifted her chin, staring up at the tall alien who was in control of her future, her heart pounding hard in her chest. She was a little afraid but mostly it was nerves. What in the hell is going to happen to me now? Hyvin Berrr was the leader of an alien planet and looked to be in his late thirties but she knew he was much older than that. Defined muscles under deeply tan skin rippled with his movements as he paced in front of her, his body tense. He wore a shirt with loose pants that barely hid muscular thighs. She was on the planet Zorn and she’d traveled a long way from Earth to reach it. Zorn males were all over six feet tall, mostly closer to six and a half feet, and they were big all over. He had broad shoulders, a thickly muscled body, and was very physically fit, making her believe they really were a warrior race. He stopped abruptly, turning to face her, and she stared into his beautiful eyes that expressed compassion as they fixed on Brenda. “I am trying to be fair to you, human.” He growled a little when he spoke in a soft tone. “My warrior who claimed you on your planet is dead now so you are without a male to protect you. His brother has been notified and he has a desire to claim you but he is a week from Zorn. As his brother’s bound he has the right to take you into his home and he is on his way to come for you.
” He paused. “I am sorry for Valho’s death.” Pain gripped her as memories flashed through her mind instantly at hearing that name. Brenda had a hell of a fight with Tim, her husband. She’d married the wrong guy but by the time she’d realized it, she was already in a domestic hell nightmare. She had spent four years trying to get out of a marriage on the slow road to utter misery but Tim had broken three restraining orders and finally had bullied her into being too afraid to leave him. It wasn’t a proud moment in Brenda’s life to admit it was easier to put up with a man’s shit, get pushed around, and be verbally abused than to live in the kind of terror she had when she’d left Tim. She’d realized after she’d filed the first restraining order that he was the type she read about from time to time, the guy who ended up killing the wife who left him and she hadn’t wanted to end up dead. Nine days ago they’d had a hell of a fight and Tim had lost his temper worse than normal, backhanding Brenda and ripping her shirt where he’d grabbed her, and she’d fled their home in terror for her life, just running into the nearby woods. She’d just needed to get away to think, to formulate some plan to get out of the mess she was in.
She knew she was too good for Tim, too damn smart to end up staying with someone who was that bad, and felt ashamed that she’d let fear keep her in a hellish marriage. 5 Laurann Dohner She was trapped, had no money to escape for a new life he couldn’t find her in, and she’d been clueless about what to do to break free. Valho had found her sitting on a fallen log wiping away her tears with the back of her hand. When the tall, long-haired man wearing black had suddenly appeared, terror had gripped Brenda hard. She stared up at the huge, muscled man thinking her life was over. His features were a little strange with his flatter, unusual nose and scary sharp vampire-like fangs revealed when he’d parted his full lips. He was scary big at six-foot-three with his bodybuilder frame and he had growled instead of spoken words. He’d held something out to her in his large hand at that point. The fear had eased within a few minutes when the man’s dark brown stare had fixed on hers calmly. She’d torn her gaze from his once she realized he wasn’t going to rape her or attack her, seeing a small rounded object sitting in the palm of his hand.
She’d studied it and then looked up into his calm expression once more, watching as he used his other hand to point at his own ear and then hers. From the gesture she realized he wanted her to put that round little thing in her ear, so she’d taken it cautiously, studying it more intently until she realized it looked similar to a small hearing aid. Placing it in her ear had changed everything, the small object turned out to be a translator and she could now understand his growling. He’d told her how he was from a planet called Zorn, had come to Earth looking for a woman to bound to and he explained that bound was identical to marriage. Valho had crouched down in front of her, talking to her, and she’d listened to him and made some decisions. He was really beautiful for a man, big, muscular, but so damn gentle, with the kindest eyes she’d ever seen. Their soft brown depths had made her feel safe, cared for, and three hours later she’d agreed to leave Earth with him. He’d made her a lot of promises, which she’d believed for some reason, and he’d kept them. He’d never hurt her, never frightened her, never… She dragged her thoughts back to the present. Valho had been killed on the way to Zorn when the ship they’d been traveling on had been attacked by males from a neighboring planet called Collis.
The whys were lost on Brenda and she didn’t really give a damn since that wasn’t going to change the fact that Valho was dead, her life on Earth was gone, and now her future was in the hands of the blue-eyed Zorn leader silently staring down at her. “I wish I could order you returned to Earth,” Hyvin Berrr said softly. “But as Valho should have informed you there is no going back now that you know of our existence. Your planet is not as advanced as we are, they don’t have the ability to travel space like we do, but we don’t wish war with your people if they have a problem with some of our males visiting Earth to find and bound with your females. Volder is a good warrior who will come to claim you. Did Valho say anything about his brother?” Brenda shook her head. “No. He just said he had family and that he felt I would like them.” 6 Tempting Rever “Volder lives off world commanding one of our space patrol ships that protect Zorn from alien attacks. It is our way when something happens to one male for a relative to take in the woman.
” The man paused. “I told him that he would have to bound to you, which will assure that you will be well cared for and you will be treated with respect. We don’t abuse our women.” Her heart squeezed in her chest. “So that’s what is going to happen to me? Valho’s brother is going to marry me? I don’t even know him.” Compassion flared again in the electric blue eyes of the man facing her. “He will give you days to adjust to him before he touches your body to bound with you. You are in grief and it is our way to not rush a woman immediately. I give you my word he will be good to you, human.” He paused.
“You will have seven days to grieve your loss of Valho before his brother Volder reaches Zorn to take you into his protection.” She could just nod, knowing she didn’t have a choice about her future. “All right. Am I going to stay here in your hospital where I’m being kept now until he comes to get me?” At the shake of the man’s head, he took a deep breath. “You are drawing the attention of a lot of males who wish to get a look at you. Human women are very attractive to our males and much desired. I have assigned you security guards but even they are a danger to you and I don’t trust them to not attempt to touch you to appease their curiosity about your human body. One of my sons is going to take you into his home for the next week. You will be safe there under his protection until your future bound arrives.” Brenda nodded.
“I understand.” “My son has his own human he bound to so have no worry that he will try to touch you.” The man turned his head, nodding at one of the men assigned to guard Brenda. “Escort her safely to Argis Rever’s home. He has been informed of the situation and is preparing a guestroom for the human until Volder arrives.” The guard gave a sharp nod. “Yes, Hyvin Berrr.” The tall Zorn leader gave Brenda a sad smile. “Be well, human. Your Volder will come for you very soon and he will assure your happiness.
” Brenda watched the man leave the medical room she’d been living in for the past twenty-four hours since they’d arrived on the red planet. Her attention was directed to the guard named Kelir. He was nice enough but his eyes had a way of straying to her breasts when he spoke to her and his physical reaction to her was obvious if she were to glance down at the front of his black leather pants, a virtual walking hard-on around her. “Pack your things,” he softly growled at her. “We’ll leave as soon as you are ready.” He paused, his gaze running down her body again before he turned his back to her. One of the Zorn women, a Zorn healer, had given Brenda some clothing, some personal items, and had given her a medical examination when she’d arrived on Zorn 7 Laurann Dohner the morning before. She packed up those few belongings and walked toward the tall guard who turned his head, his interested gaze once again going down her body before he opened the door. He was physically attracted to her and didn’t bother hiding it, but she was wishing that he’d try since he was making her uncomfortable. She followed him down a hallway, into an elevator and then they were walking outside.
The attention she got was frightening to Brenda when she saw a lot of big, black uniform-clad men stop to stare at her. She was starting to feel as if she were the main attraction of a show as she silently followed Kelir to a waiting vehicle that another guard was driving. The new man never once looked at Brenda’s face, instead his focus had totally gone to her body and a soft growl was the only sound he made when she’d climbed into the back of Zorn’s version of a car. Brenda took in the differences between Zorn and Earth as she stared out the window, noting the Zorn sky was similar to a sunset on Earth with its pinkish shade of light red during the day but no blue was present. The trees were black, red and purple in color. The grass just stunned her by being a dark red. Albeit strange, Zorn was beautiful and she couldn’t ignore the appeal of the thickly wooded area. “Why are we taking her to Argis Rever?” The driver finally spoke. “I was told that he already has a human of his own so why does he need two?” Kelir sighed. “He is going to take her under his protection until her future bound arrives.
She’s being given to the brother of her fallen bound.” The man in front gave a sharp nod. “When will they become available to the rest of us?” He didn’t sound happy. “Only the powerful have access to them and it is not right.” Kelir snorted. “Maybe in a few years we will get access to them but they are still rare.” Brenda nervously glanced between the two men. “What are you talking about?” The guard sitting next to her turned his head, looking at her. “Earth women are very few on Zorn. Only Hyvin Berrr’s family and some of the powerful families like your Valho have been allowed access to human women.
” “Valho had a powerful family?” That surprised her. “He didn’t say anything about that.” A snort came from the front. “He was a relation by pack to Hyvin Berrr and anyone in his family is powerful. Valho’s father and Hyvin Berrr grew up together as best friends.” “So Valho and Hyvin Berrr aren’t blood related?” She felt a little confused. “You just said they were a relation to each other.” “A relation by pack means associated with for a long time. Family is a blood bond that is shared,” Kelir explained, his concentration fixing on her breasts in her loose shirt again, licking his lips. “Did you enjoy your bound’s touch when he mounted you?” 8 Tempting Rever The question shocked Brenda.
She frowned, her eyes narrowing. “That was a rude question I refuse to answer and it’s none of your business.” A muscle jerked in Kelir’s jaw when he looked away to stare out the window to ignore her. That was fine with Brenda. She was irritated that he’d asked her such a personal question about her sex life. She swallowed, turning her full attention out the window again to look at the strange looking alien homes that resembled large, rounded buildings made out of some kind of stone. Nerves hit Brenda when she saw the large, intimidating house they parked in front of where she was to stay in until Valho’s brother came to pick her up in a week. She wondered if the male in this house would stare at her breasts too and make inappropriate remarks like the guards did. She hoped not, thinking it was bad enough being a stranger on an alien planet without having to feel as if she were a freak. The front door opened and an older Zorn woman with flowing white hair down her back dressed in a long tunic-type shirt walked out.
The smile on the woman’s face was warmly welcoming. Brenda relaxed instantly as she exited the vehicle. “Hello, human. Welcome to Argis Rever’s home. He took his bound to the market to shop but he will return shortly.” The woman held her hand open palm face up. “It is a pleasure to meet you, woman from Earth. I am Ali.” Brenda didn’t correct the woman’s odd handshake, just putting her hand in the woman’s grip that Ali squeezed gently, keeping a smile in place. “It’s nice to meet you, Ali.
I’m Brenda.” Ali gave a look to the men, releasing Brenda’s hand. “Just hand me her belongings.” Brenda turned to watch Kelir get her bag, unable to miss that both men were staring at her body again, irritating her enough to make her clench her teeth. She didn’t think she’d ever get used to being openly leered at by Zorn men who didn’t even attempt to hide it or bother to apologize for it. To Brenda’s surprise Ali snarled viciously at both men, imitating an animal, and yanked the bag away from the taller guard. The Zorn woman shook her white hair as she led Brenda into a large living room. “Males only think with their mounting sticks.” Ali carried Brenda’s bag as she led her through the large living room and down a hallway. “I will show you the room you will sleep in.
Are you fine? I don’t scent fear on you but you know the female nose is not as sensitive as our males.” That surprised Brenda. “You can smell fear? For real? I didn’t know that.” The older woman paused, turning around to tilt her head to study Brenda. “Our males have a very keen sense of smell. Didn’t your bound tell you this?” “Um…no. He mostly talked about how he’d take care of me, never hurt me and how he’d treat me with respect.” Ali looked grim as she turned back around, walking again. “I never met your bound but I am grieved for you. I’ve always been a house helper so I never had a bound of my own.
” 9 Laurann Dohner “Oh.” Ali paused again inside a bedroom, a curious expression on her face. “Do you know what a house helper is?” “I assume you take care of the house? Maybe clean it? Do the cooking?” Shock was obvious on the woman’s features when she closed her mouth and then anger tightened her lips. “Your bound was remiss in his duties to inform you about Zorn males. The males are…” she paused. “They require sex often for their health to be well so Zorn men take in at least two house helpers if they are deemed deserving of having that privilege. Women are a reward on Zorn. It requires at least two females to satisfy a male’s strong and frequent sexual needs but with humans it is different. Your bodies can take the sexual desires of one of our males without it causing you harm. Too much mounting with Zorn females causes painful swelling of their sex.
Do you understand?” Brenda was too shocked to speak but she managed to give a nod. Valho hadn’t said a damn thing about this when he’d told her about his home world. He’d told her how it looked, how he’d treat her great, how she’d be pampered and taken care of, but never once said anything about his sex drive or about Zorn women. “Our males who bound to humans don’t require sex anymore from house helpers since your kind can be mounted many times in a day. I am old so I was assigned to Argis Rever’s home days ago to clean, cook and be a companion to his bound. I will never be allowed into their bed.” The woman sighed. “I wish it were not so. Argis Rever is very attractive and I overheard one of his house helpers’ talking often about his sexual skill. I could have gone to another home but to live in an Argis house is a great privilege.
I will miss the sex but I can always take care of that myself by meeting males in town for a sex encounter. Argis Rever won’t mind if I do that away from his home since he’s made it clear he will never touch anyone but his bound.” Brenda was still stunned. Ali smiled. “Really, Argis Rever won’t mind if I let a male mount me. When he informed me that he would never take me to his bed or come to mine I asked him how I was supposed to fill my needs to be mounted. He told me to find a male to gather with in town. I have never been allowed or encouraged to live in one man’s home while touching another. It just isn’t done but it strangely excites me to think about doing it.” “Okay,” Brenda got out, shock still rolling through her and wondering what had she gotten herself into, deciding these people were a little nuts.
“I’m glad that you’re happy about getting to sleep with other men.” She didn’t know what else to say. “Argis Rever won’t touch you.” Ali’s eyes ran down Brenda’s body. “You are delicate. How was sex with your male? Was he gentle enough to not harm your body?” Taking a deep breath, Brenda relaxed. “I didn’t have sex with Valho.” Shock hit Ali’s face, her eyes going very wide with disbelief. “He never mounted you?”