I’d been a well-respected doctor until I witnessed a murder behind a curtain in the hospital’s emergency department. Turned out, I was the only one who could identify the assassin. The killer’s family had immense wealth and powerful connections in both the world’s government and organized crime. Witness protection was the only chance of keeping me alive until I could identify the man in court. Going off-planet was the only way to ensure the family’s extensive reach wouldn’t harm me.
Regardless of the fact that my conviction was just a cover, as far as Earth’s justice system was concerned, I was a murderer. I was to be treated as such. This medical gown was plain gray prison garb, my wrist and ankles were both bound to a hard, unforgiving chair. I was out of options. I’d already gone through this a thousand times in my head. Survive. That’s what I had to do and there was no way to do that if I didn’t get away from Earth as quickly as possible.Goodwin, Grace. Assigned a Mate (Interstellar Brides Book 1) (pp. 6-7). Stormy Night Publications. Kindle Edition.
Eva Day wasn’t sure about the whole set up. Witness Protection was supposed to keep her safe, but the idea they came up with was laughable. They changed her name and created a record for her as a murderess sentenced to life in prison. As a felon, she could volunteer for the Interstellar Bride Program and be whisked off planet quickly. A personal transport device, located behind one ear, would return her to Earth when her testimony was needed for court.
High Counselor Tark of Trion was eager to greet his bride. He’d waited patiently for her to wake up after the transport, but when an excessive amount of time passed, he brought in the doctor. His bride’s reaction to the doctor wasn’t exactly what he expected!
I put my free hand up to stop the motion. He steadied me as I tilted my head back, way back, to meet his gaze. “What… what are you going to do with me?”
His dark eyes searched my face, then moved lower down my body. I flushed, knowing he—and the others—could see everything.
“You are the first we have seen from Earth and I must have a closer look.” The doctor’s gaze roved over my body just as Tark’s had, but he made me feel… exposed and dirty. I knew that look. Lecherous men, it seemed, were not limited to Earth.
I moved to stand slightly behind Tark, using him as a shield. His scent lifted from his shirt and it was intoxicating. Clean, sharp and with a hint of something mysterious. Whatever it was, I liked it. Was it because we’d been matched?Goodwin, Grace. Assigned a Mate (Interstellar Brides Book 1) (pp. 17-18). Stormy Night Publications. Kindle Edition.
And so we get our first look at the fascinating world of the Interstellar Bride Program. Well written, detailed descriptions, larger than life heroes, BBW heroines, what more could you ask for?