Kill the courier, retrieve the relic, collect the money.
Bounty hunter Janis Torzen finally has a chance to free himself from his indentured servitude to the mob. The brutal weather on planet Urrak is as unforgiving as the mob boss Janis Torzen works for, so of course a sudden sandstorm upsets his best laid plans. To make things worse, the courier, Everell, turns out to be a beautiful, smart-mouthed archeologist who has her own plans for the money. Unfortunately, powerful people will kill to possess the relic Everell carries—everyone from government officials to the social elite, and they will stop at nothing to get it.
Now on the run, Janis and Everell are forced to depend on each other to escape from Nadir Space Port. But when Everell and the relic are stolen from Janis, he must go back to the very man he’s trying to get away from and offer a deal with the devil. He’s got nothing to lose but his own life, so he bluffs the mob, willing to sacrifice his future to save the woman he’s fallen in love with—a woman he’s still not sure he can trust.
It’s a crazy plan, one so crazy it just might work. If he succeeds, it will pay out big for his wallet and his heart—if he doesn’t die trying. But with a bounty this high, it’s worth any risk…
Janis smiled through clenched teeth before stepping forward, moving to take his place beside Everell. “You should be careful, boy, pointing a weapon at a bounty hunter. You’re inviting death.”
“I can be very persuasive when necessary. It may seem cruel and it may border on torture, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise.” Captain Trin stepped in close to Janis once more, her finger coming to the edge of his visor and tilting his face down until the two of them were a couple of centimeters apart. “I’m going to enjoy seeing what’s underneath this.”
“I had hoped to let you live. Now, that’s not really an option.” Her features relaxed but her flashing glare displayed twin pools of hatred. “Don’t worry, though, it won’t be quick.” Trin promised with a seductive whisper and a wink.
Trin’s blaster was no longer pointed at him but at Everell’s head, which she was clutching in a chokehold. The bloodstained gloves were gone, but the glint of murder in the depths of Captain Trin’s shrewd blue eyes remained bright.
Janis wanted to stop Everell, to tell her that he could figure out a way for them to escape together. Maybe she was trying to tell Janis he was the one who needed saving.
“You’re not a hero; you’re a bounty hunter. Start acting like one.” It was a punch in the gut. Janis knew better. Heroes ended up dead, and it was usually a bounty hunter who made sure of it.
by Arwen Paris
(Relic Legacy Series)
Publication date: December 30th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Arwen Paris is the author of young adult fiction. Her debut YA Sci-fi Urban Fantasy novel FATE OF THE STARS released in 2017 and the second book in the series RIVAL in 2018. The actions packed pages of her novels are filled with characters that are forced to face fears they never expected. When she’s not writing, you can see posts of her (too many) vacations that keep her sane. Arwen lives in Idaho, has a big crazy family & after the day job, she writes Fiction For the Fearless – #F3Fanatic
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