StarDog 2: Courting Disaster

Inherited Stars Series

Short Story in Embrace the Romance:

Pets in Space 2 Anthology

By Laurie A. Green

October 2017

Science Fiction Romance

Captain Navene Jagger hadn't thought his actions would ever ruin his future. And when his fiancee had left, he'd been cocky enough to believe she would eventually forgive him and come back to him. That was until she had married another and he truly understood the depths that he had sunk.

He had changed. He knew she was in his past, but so was the man he had once been. He was a captain, flew missions, and expected to soon receive a promotion. There was no future of a wife for him, and he accepted that. What he almost couldn't accept was his recent assignment. He was to pose as husband to a woman he was to escort through the treacherous Bradley Rift. And the spaceship he was to pilot? Upon first look, it was something even the space pirates wouldn't want.

Then there were his passengers, Ketsia Tayah and her StarDog Luna. Both more dangerous than first appearances. Ketsia tempted Jagger to discard his self-imposed life as a virtual monk. Luna may appear to be a simple pet, but StarDogs were bioengineered animals.

The three of them alone in a Rift full of scoundrels, what could possibly go wrong?

Courting Disaster: StarDog 2 was a romance of redemption. In the past, Jagger had been the antithesis of a hero. It had taken him years, but he has finally accepted the consequences of his actions, and also recognized exactly how wrong he had been. And that there was no way to atone for such a betrayal. Now, he has to learn to move forward, and that it is possible to forgive oneself and find a love that he will cherish. Ketsia is just the woman to make Jagger face his past and accept a future of more than just solitude.

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