Yesterday, perhaps you read KJ Van Houten’s review of Quantum by Jess Anastasi. Today we are featuring Quantum with an excerpt from the book!
Someone wants Captain Admiral Zander Graydon dead. Like yesterday. Zander’s convinced his attractive assistant knows more than she’s willing to say, and if he can stop running long enough, he’ll find out exactly what she’s hiding. Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros is determined to keep her CO safe. Before she tips her hand, however, Mae has to figure out if the alluring man she’s protecting is the real Captain Admiral Graydon. Or an alien shape-shifting imposter.
On the run and no one to trust…not even each other.
Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action, but almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it. Only the company of his new assistant, Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros, makes things a little easier to swallow. Except the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros is hiding a number of secrets, and her presence might have something to do with the continued attempts on his life.
It’s no accident Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros finds herself in the firing line alongside the charming but very off-limits Captain Admiral Graydon. She’s taken the job as the admiral’s assistant to determine if a shape-shifting alien has killed the CO and assumed his form. Whether the admiral is human or not, Mae finds herself getting way too close to him as they run for their lives.
Military to the core, Mae and Zander will have to overcome their suspicions of each other to work together, when they realize the fate of the entire universe is at stake.
Excerpt from Quantum
Graydon looked up and met her gaze. In that one glance, she saw everything she shouldn’t want, everything she knew she couldn’t have with this man. He stepped closer to her, making her breaths too shallow.
This was totally irrational. Things had become too complicated, unclear out here where they were stuck with each other and couldn’t gain perspective. What would they do when they got back to reality, when the question of whether or not he was even human rammed right into her?
But as his large, slightly roughened palm stroked over her lower leg, she couldn’t believe that he was anything but human.
There was a good chance she was going to regret this. But as he let go of her calf and came closer, she couldn’t think of anything except that it would be totally worth it.
For once, she wanted to think of nothing—not her promise to Rian, not the certainty that if UAFA or the IPC found out what she was doing here she’d think herself lucky for only getting sent to Erebus, nor the truth that it’d been too long since she’d let anyone get close to her and it was easier to always be detached. God, how she wanted to think of nothing and simply feel.
Rain started falling faster, chattering on the surface of the water around them, a cool contrast to the warm springs.
He shifted closer and finally, finally, his chest brushed her breasts, making the ache within her deepen.
“This is a bad idea,” she managed to get out, even though she’d apparently forgotten how to breathe.
“I know. It’s probably the worst idea I’ve ever had.” He reached up and cupped her face, the water from his hands tracking down her neck and making her shiver.
“Then we shouldn’t.” Her words weren’t much more than a whisper as he leaned down toward her.
“No, we definitely shouldn’t,” he murmured a split second before his mouth landed on hers.
Unlike their last kiss, this one wasn’t filled with frustration and confusion. The near-combustible heat was definitely still there, but this time they came together in a harmony instead of furious discordance.
She reached up to frame his face, the two days’ worth of whiskers on his cheeks pricking her palms. His hands splayed across her lower back, and she pushed herself closer to him, winding her arms around his shoulders to anchor herself to him. The kiss deepened, became a little wilder, and his tongue sliding into her mouth dragged a moan from deep within her soul.
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Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, two hyper-active border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.
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