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I may be a Prince, but there are things that trouble me about my father's royal rule—the forced abduction, experiments, and torture of alien creatures. The king has a new prisoner who's a carefully kept secret
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His secret (alien) crush…
I may be a Prince, but there are things that trouble me about my father’s royal rule-the forced abduction, experimentation, and torture of alien creatures. The king has a new prisoner who’s a carefully kept secret…
There’s a young female who belongs to a little-known civilization I have been studying extensively. They are human, belonging to a small, undeveloped planet called Earth. She is pretty in a way I find unusual and compelling. Sometimes I sneak into the adjoining cell and we talk about everything and nothing, even as I find myself yearning to touch her strange, soft skin.
Skin that is being subjected to invasive tests and experiments. A body that’s scheduled for a live dissection in fifteen days. And a life that will be terminated unless I risk my future and life to help her escape…
"This is one of the best books I have read this year. It is a great story with lots of exciting twists. "- LoveSciFi
The cover instantly got my attention. It is absolutely gorgeous! And when I read that it was about a potential romance between a human and an alien, I knew I had to read it. I’m all for any type of romance because I’m a h... ...more
A Prince will risk it all to save one young woman from being terminated in this riveting sci-fi romance.
America is abducted by aliens, subjected to experimentation and scheduled for live dissection and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as Prince Garran and America form a bond t... ...more
This book was well written and quite an interesting sci-fi romance. I usually read more space opera type romance, steering away from the alien cross-species romances (though I have read quite a few good ones over the years, for some reason they're usually not my cup of tea) but the premise of Gam... ...more
This is one of the best books I have read this year. It is a great story with lots of exciting twists. Earthling America, a lab specimen on an alien planet, just wants to go home, but she is scheduled to be dissected in two weeks. Alive!!!
Garran, a prince on the planet, has gotten to know her whi... ...more
Alien abduction, a son whose a prince being disgusted with his father's experiment's and dissection's of other life forms. Two totally different people, species even, being drawn to each other, unrequited love, loyalty and rescue operation , all make up this rather sweet alien romance. I enjoyed... ...more
A very good twist at the end of the book just for the characters (America and Garran) to stay together forever!!!!! ...more
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About the author
Kalli Lanford, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education. When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Ring’s movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all of her culinary skills to the Food Network) and attending her son’s football games. In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction, her biggest passion, and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts. She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too. Kalli Lanford also writes vivid, exciting young adult science fiction, under Karri Thompson.
“I still don’t think this is a good idea,” I shouted ahead of me. “Let’s go back.”
Logan pushed a tree limb away from his face, knocking it with the flashlight and missing when he tried to catch it with his free hand. “Damn. Watch out,” he called. The branch sprang back toward Atlanta, and she pushed it behind her. Kevin cut in front of me, grabbed the limb, and held it aside as I slipped behind my friend.
Damn, he was hot, but…
“Where’s your sense of adventure, America? You were once a Girl Scout,” said Attie.
Yeah, I was. I didn’t like camping when I was nine, and I didn’t like it now. Spending spring break sleeping in a tent and cooking on a camp stove was not my idea of fun, but Atlanta, Logan, and I were paying our own way through college. Camping was cheaper than going to Cabo, where I really wanted to go.
Kevin had been invited so he and I could possibly hook up. This was the third time Attie “conveniently” planned something where he and I would be together. After the last date, when I’d told Attie he just didn’t do it for me, she had said, “What the fuck? He’s totally into you. Can’t you tell? On top of that, he’s nice and blazing hot.”
At six-feet-two and with an incredible build, there was no mistake that Kevin was an athlete. He was tan, his features rugged—strong jaw, high cheekbones, a nose perfectly proportioned to his face. Sounds great, right? There was only one problem; when he spoke, well, let’s just say he wasn’t a man of many words unless he was talking about the latest UFO sighting. I’d tried changing the subject, talking about different things, but then he’d switch to astronomy. His major. And then back to the possibility life existed elsewhere. So not interested in little green men.
Keeping to the dirt trail, we worked our way through the darkness. Occasionally the hoot of an owl or the crunch of dried leaves jerked Atlanta and me to a halt, and Kevin couldn’t help but step on my heels and fall against my back, since we were walking so close to each other.
Just as we started hiking for the third time, a strange hum resonated through the trees and the limbs shook, their whisper adding to a mechanical whine, making me stop again.
“Hey, what’s that noise?” I asked. The flashlight’s beam bobbed ahead of us, revealing absolutely nothing.
“I didn’t hear anything,” said Attie. “But whatever it was, I hope it wasn’t a mountain lion. There was an attack up here last summer.”
“It wasn’t an animal,” I protested. “It was like a hum, not a person humming, but like something mechanical, something with a motor. Not a car or a truck, but like machinery.”
We stood still and the hum came again, a purr that licked the leaves with sound and left them rattling. My heartbeat rose to my throat, and I reached behind me and grabbed Kevin’s hand.
“That is definitely not the wind,” said Kevin.
“Have you heard anything like that out here before?” Attie whispered to Logan.
The hum softened, and the vibration that came with it petered to a whine that thinned and disappeared.
“Well, that was creepy,” I said and released Kevin’s hand.
“How much farther, Logan? Are you sure we’re not lost?” asked Attie.
“No, we are definitely not lost.” He laughed. “It’s at the end of this trail. In fact, it’s right there,” he said, pointing.
“There” was a clearing, consisting of tree logs lying end-to-end on the ground, forming a square around the remnants of many campfires, a pile of ash, and blackened wood bits.
Kevin and Logan reentered the woods to get some wood, and Attie pulled me down to sit next to her on one of the logs.
“You can thank me again,” she said, knocking her knee against mine.
“What do you mean for what? For inviting Kevin to come with us. Don’t even tell me that you don’t think he’s hot, because I know your type, and he’s definitely your type.”
“He’s hot, but we don’t have anything in common.” That was the most important thing to me when it came to relationships.
“You should at least give him a chance this time. You’re the only virgin I know. Just fuck him and get it over with. Then you’ll finally know what you’ve been missing out on all these years.”
“All these years? Only two or three if I started having sex at seventeen like you did.” Not that I wasn’t anxious to have sex, just not with Kevin.
A large glowing object, its perimeter rimmed with lights, cut across the patch of visible sky. A chill fingered up my back and settled in my shoulders, making me tremble harder than I was shaking from the cold.
“What?” asked Atlanta as she tugged on her laces.
“Didn’t you see that?”
“This thing in the sky. It was bright and—”
“Yeah, it’s called the moon.” Attie flipped her hair, bringing the long strands over her shoulders.
“It wasn’t the moon. It moved, and there were lights.”
“It was probably just a shooting star.”
“No way. It was too big to be a star,” I said, rubbing my arms. What the hell was it? There was something ominous about its unnatural, pallid glow, and fluid movement past the stars. “And it couldn’t have been an airplane. It was shaped like a triangle.” I stood and examined the sky, but there was no trace of what I had seen. “You don’t think Kevin’s pulling some E.T. gag on us…”
A beam of light shot through the trees and I jumped, the sole of my left flip-flop landing on a huge pinecone. Rolling under my weight, the cone sent me to one knee, and I landed on the dirt, bracing myself with my palms.
“Sorry, we didn’t mean to scare you,” said Kevin as he and Logan returned to the clearing with bundles of sticks under their arms. Logan flicked off the flashlight, and they built the campfire and got it going.
As the flames rose, a deep hum expanded over our heads, the same whirl of sound we heard earlier, and the light of the moon was snuffed by something above, something we couldn’t see.
“Where did the moon go?” asked Attie.
“It didn’t go anywhere,” said Kevin. “It’s being blocked by something.”
There was no wind, but the flames of our campfire became erratic, flicking right and left, rising and falling, its crackle resounding through the woods.
Without looking down, Logan fumbled for the flashlight at his feet, caught it in his hand, and flicked its switch. He guided the yellow beam upward slowly while I squinted up at the night sky, straining to see the dim outline of something huge, something with enough bulk to cover the moon and quench its glow.
My heart pounded in my throat as the flashlight’s beam settled on something dark and slick with three sides and three points, an enormous triangle.
“Oh my God! What the hell is that?” screamed Attie.
I shuddered. “That’s what I saw earlier, but it was…” At that moment, the triangle’s perimeter ignited with a row of tiny lights, lights that elongated to meet the forest floor and cast the belly of the shape bright white.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said Kevin.
“Let’s get out of here!” yelled Logan.
I ran through the woods with Kevin pulling me along, my arm practically coming out from its socket. Atlanta screamed behind me. Logan yelled at someone or something to leave us alone. The sole of my left flip-flop folded at the toes, bringing me down face-first onto the dirt trail. Everything happened so fast. I couldn’t think straight.
Attie, Logan, and Kevin barreled ahead of me on the trail, their heads toward the sky, and probably hadn’t realized I’d fallen.
Me, all alone. A blinding light. Then everything turned black.