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Damaged by Erin M. Leaf

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Planet Alpha TM  

Cori knows her Xyran captivity has damaged her ability to trust, but when she meets Reiyn, desire flares despite her fear. He's clearly hiding something, but when a distress call sends them into space together, passion takes over.  

Cori enflames Reiyn like no other female ever has. She threatens his control over his hidden Xyran heritage, but he can't fight his instincts. When his true nature is exposed during the daring rescue of a dying Xyran captain, will Cori forgive him, or will he continue his life's work alone?  

Captain Kyuk welcomes death when his ship is destroyed. He doesn't expect to survive, but when Cori and Reiyn find him, instinct pushes him to live. He's spent years smuggling slaves to freedom—can he now give up his own liberty to bond with Cori and Reiyn? Or is he too damaged to build that kind of emotional connection?

Be Warned: menage sex (MMF), rimming, anal sex, m/m interaction

 

Excerpt:

Kyuk twisted around. She stood in the doorway wearing nothing but a thin shift. It shimmered as she moved, flowing over the curves of her body as she walked towards them. He could just make out her nipples pebbling beneath the cloth.

Reiyn sucked in a breath, and Kyuk felt his blood-kin’s cock press into his hip.

“You are not resting,” Kyuk said, stating the obvious. Arousal scrambled his wits. He opened his mouth instinctively, scenting his mates with his tongue. He hadn’t done that earlier, likely because the cryo-sleep had still been wearing off.

“I couldn’t sleep,” she said, stopping just shy of them. The uncertainty on her face as she looked at them cut him to the quick.

“Come closer,” he said, reaching a hand out to her. “Surely you must know we would not harm you. We have been trapped in this ship for hours upon hours—time enough for you to learn who we are.”

She hesitated, looking at Reiyn.

Kyuk’s blood-kin spoke. “You are part of us, now, undeniably.” He touched his neck, a suggestion of where they’d bitten her. “Come here.”

Hesitantly, she walked forward, the last step brushing her breasts against his arm.

Kyuk’s control finally snapped. He grabbed her and yanked her up against his body. “Say yes,” he hissed, bending to kiss her.

She trembled in his arms. “You frighten me.”

He froze, lips against her mouth. “I will never hurt you.”

She sucked in a breath and glanced at Reiyn.

His earrings glinted in the low light as he nodded solemnly. “He does not lie. There can be only truth among us.”

She ran a hand up Kyuk’s arm, then cupped his jaw. “Yes,” she whispered against his cheek.

**** 

The moment she said yes, Kyuk kissed her like a man starving. No, not a man, she thought brokenly. A Xyran. And I’ve waited long enough to let him touch me. I don’t want to wait anymore.

“I want to taste you,” he growled, nipping down her jaw. “I want to see all of you.”

She shuddered, arousal flaring through her so fast she felt dizzy. “Yes. A thousand times, yes,” she murmured, drunk with recklessness. She didn’t normally talk like that, but these males overwhelmed her. Their energy swirled through her like warm taffy, strong and reassuring. When Kyuk kissed her again, his fangs nipped her lip. Blood welled up. The warmth of his energy flared into a blazing heat, and she cried out, knees going weak.

Reiyn swept her up into his arms. “The bridge is no place for sex.”

“Is that what we’re going to do? Have sex?” she asked, a little put out. What she was feeling was so much more than lust it wasn’t even funny.

“No,” Kyuk said, trailing a hand through her hair. “Not just sex.” He started taking off his clothes and dropping them as they walked: leather shirt, boots, pants. By the time they reached the sleeping quarters, he was nude.

Cori stared at Kyuk as Reiyn lowered her to the mattress. Kyuk’s body looked like something out of a vid. His muscles flexed as he went to his knees, and her mouth went dry. Reiyn stepped back and began undressing, completely unselfconscious in front of her. Both of them were a lot bigger than she was, and much stronger.

They could break me in half, if they wanted to, she thought, fear sparking through her, but then Kyuk touched her ankle and the energy of the bond seeped further into her bones. His cock bobbed as he maneuvered next to her. Suddenly, more than anything, she wanted to touch him. She reached out a hand and wrapped her fingers around his thick length.

Kyuk moaned. “Cori, blood-kin—” He broke off when she began to explore. He rested his forehead on her shoulder, then gently drew her arm away. “Wait.”

She wrinkled her nose at him, but then Reiyn was back, as naked as Kyuk. She reached out and trailed her fingertips over the diamonds embedded into their skin. “I know this must have been painful.”

“Yes, but you like them anyway, do you not?” Reiyn asked, smiling.

Cori flushed. “Yeah. They’re sexy.”

He laughed, and she stared. She’d never seen a Xyran laugh with joy before. Always, during her captivity, they’d barked orders. Sometimes they laughed, but usually with cruelty.

“I would go through the pain all over again to put that look on your face, Cori,” he said.

She shook her head. “I don’t want your pain. Never that.”

He cupped her face. “You can have whatever you want from me.”

“I want you to make love to me,” she whispered, not sure if he’d understand what she was asking.

She needn’t have worried. He kissed her, pressing her into the mattress. His weight felt good against her skin. When Kyuk moved in, nibbling down her throat, she writhed. It was almost too much. But only almost, she thought, grabbing their hair. Thick, black strands slid through her fingers like silk.

 

 

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  1. Rainbow Book Reviews 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jun 2015

    Hang on to your seats, post-apocalyptic times with war, alien domination, and burned-out planet surfaces provide the background for this space opera. The tension, including confrontations with species having little to no love of humans, moves at a good pace, but the real winning feature is the connection and follow-up by a rough and tumble gal with two intense and sexy guys. Sounds like a winning formula to me. Excitingly carnal!

    Corazan, Cori, is the lead female in this exciting drama. An initial unnerving connection during an information exchange, an anxious space rescue, and a brutal confrontation against a longstanding enemy may feel like it’s all in a day's work for Cori, but it really never is. Cori's early life story involves being held prisoner by one of Earth's most violent enemies. She sidesteps a fairly brutal side of her capture since she is underage. Luckily, a compassionate, friendly, and deft fellow slave choreographs an escape for them both. From that moment on Cori's life is as a mercenary helping to free additional captives. Dynamically engaging!

    Reiyn is half human and half Xyran. His Xyran nature is naturally dominant and requires exacting discipline to keep under wraps. Survival and great heartache are his constant companions, but he is steadfastly persistent in his desire to stay alive and aid in the rescue of those less fortunate. So his freeing of slaves gives him purpose, direction, and balance. Surprisingly to him, he is rather attracted to Cori with whom he has business dealings. In addition to being quite moved by her demeanor, he eventually gives in to her stalwart position that she won't sell her ship, when it is a vessel Reiyn must procure as soon as possible. So Reiyn accepts Cori's terms for the use of her ship with her as the primary pilot. Prior to their departure and much to the surprise of each, Reiyn engages Cori in a super steamy sexual encounter. Ah ha! A taste of things to come. Splendid sultry seductiveness!

    Kyuk is the starship captain in trouble and much, much more. He is a Xyran but from a really low-status of warrior hardly different from the slave class. So it is very impressive that he makes it to his current status. However, he faces a catastrophic reversal of fortune and is forced to utilize a hidden escape route he installed on his ship. The odds of survival are really low. Yet not only is he relieved to be rescued, but he is overwhelmed by a reunion he thought was an impossibility. Oh my, Kyuk is also very drawn to Cora in a manner that feels almost predestined. Splendiferous!

    For me, the whole concept of bonding is at first difficult to comprehend or embrace as natural. However, within this delightful story it not only resonates but powers the dramatic denouement with an exciting and feverish passion that provides for each person in this triumvirate love, peace, and a meaningful direction for the balance of their lives. A bright and shining liaison for the ages!



  2. Five Stars 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jan 2015

    Love it


  3. the Half Breed 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jan 2015

    I'm loving this series! I've read all of them but one, I feel that they can be read as stand alones. There may be a bit of back story needed but if you read them out of order, I honestly don’t think it will matter.
    Xyrans are warriors, violent and blood thirsty, their mission besides being destructive is finding slaves. On the Xyrans planet your wealth and honor is in how many slaves you have.
    Cori is supposed to make contact to get the information back to her people. Knowing her past as a captured slave in the hands of the Xyran she has no love for them.
    When she meets Reiyn and a situation comes to him needing a ship, she will take him where he needs to go but is not willing to give up her ship.
    Reiyn knows and has been keeping his Xyran side hidden for years, his control is unquestionable. That is until he meets Cori... it doesn’t take long before he has her slammed up on the outer hull of her ship and sinking in her heat. It doesn’t stop him that they need to go, they have no time for such a interlude.
    Of course when Cori doesn’t get many answers from Reiyn and then finds out not only is the male they rescued a Xyran, Reiyn himself is a Xyran.. ok well half human.
    When Kyuk is awaken from cryo, the first person he sees he thought dead for a long time. His blood bond mate, time stops for both of them as they both try to come to terms with seeing each other again.
    As I said I loved the entire series, its intriguing how the books are written by different authors. Its fun and exciting. Pretty much a quick read though not really a short. The characters are more than likable and a few emotions were touched on, Passion being hot and consuming.. Awesome … Enjoy


  4. Reviewed by Cocktails and Books 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jan 2015

    Erin Leaf continues to amaze me. I've read quite a bit of her work by now, but I never seem to grow tired of it. All of her stories capture me and hold me tight until they end, and truthfully, I don't ever really want them to end. All of her plots and characters are well thought out, and very well written. They have adventure, action, and lots of sex and romance. If you as me, that's the perfect combination for a perfect book.

    "Damaged" has all of those qualifications and then some. The heroine, Cori, is angry and determined to get away from the slave trader who captured her and sold her into the life of a sex slave on a distant planet. Our heroes are strong, protective men who are not only fierce in battle, but also in their love for Cori. They're lovers, and they want her to be "blood mates" alongside them. Boy, does that make my heart pound a little faster! Cori, Reiyn, and Kyuk have wonderful chemistry. The book isn't very long, so their union happens rather quickly. It doesn't feel rushed in any way, though. The plot of the story alone sort of demands it, actually. Their bonding, and eventual love for each other, is sweet and sexy. Very sexy!

    As I said, Erin Leaf stories have lots of action. There are battles, explosions, and rescues, and they're woven together very nicely. It's all necessary for the plot to move forward. As I was reading it, I was able to visualize all of it. All of the details, right down to what the ship's bridge were provided but not overwhelming. I KNEW what the characters looked like. I KNEW what the planet had become after all of the devastation. It seems that "Damaged" read like a movie, but not a boring screenplay.

    I highly recommend this book. Erin Leaf is an incredible writer. I count myself as a HUGE fan. I enjoyed this so much, and I think you will to. READ IT!

    Reviewed by Kenna for Cocktails and Books


  5. Reviews @TRS 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jan 2015

    Cori is alone and she doesn’t want to be. She wants what her friend Sky has with her bondmates. The problem is that she is very wary of anyone. She was captured by Xyran slave traders to be a sex slave and breeder when she was very young. The things she witnessed and the future she was looking at made her distrustful of others. Cori was lucky and was rescued by Sky before she was old enough for that fate.

    Reiyn learned long ago not to trust anyone. That has helped him survive. He was born a slave on Xyran but his mother was able to get them to freedom when he was boy. He left behind his best friend and blood-kin, Kyuk. Reiyn has believed for years that Kyuk is dead.

    Kyuk’s father died when he was very young. He has spent his entire life fighting for survival and status because he had no protector after that. He had only one friend, Reiyn. As children they went against custom and law and formed a blood bond. When Reiyn disappeared, Kyuk was sure he was dead.

    All three of these characters are damaged in some way but that doesn’t slow any of them down. Cori’s loneliness resonates deep to anyone who has felt the same way. I love the bond that forms between Cori, Reiyn and Kyuk. If I sound wistful, it’s because I am. This book sparked feelings of joy and delight in the relationship growing on these pages. I just wanted it for myself. That makes this an outstanding book. Any book that can make me feel what is happening on the pages is a book I want everyone to read. So here is my recommendation: Read this book!


  6. the Half Breed 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Sep 2014

    I'm loving this series! I've read all of them but one, I feel that they can be read as stand alones. There may be a bit of back story needed but if you read them out of order, I honestly don’t think it will matter.
    Xyrans are warriors, violent and blood thirsty, their mission besides being destructive is finding slaves. On the Xyrans planet your wealth and honor is in how many slaves you have.
    Cori is supposed to make contact to get the information back to her people. Knowing her past as a captured slave in the hands of the Xyran she has no love for them.
    When she meets Reiyn and a situation comes to him needing a ship, she will take him where he needs to go but is not willing to give up her ship.
    Reiyn knows and has been keeping his Xyran side hidden for years, his control is unquestionable. That is until he meets Cori... it doesn’t take long before he has her slammed up on the outer hull of her ship and sinking in her heat. It doesn’t stop him that they need to go, they have no time for such a interlude.
    Of course when Cori doesn’t get many answers from Reiyn and then finds out not only is the male they rescued a Xyran, Reiyn himself is a Xyran.. ok well half human.
    When Kyuk is awaken from cryo, the first person he sees he thought dead for a long time. His blood bond mate, time stops for both of them as they both try to come to terms with seeing each other again.
    As I said I loved the entire series, its intriguing how the books are written by different authors. Its fun and exciting. Pretty much a quick read though not really a short. The characters are more than likable and a few emotions were touched on, Passion being hot and consuming.. Awesome … Enjoy


  7. Metaphysical connections 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jul 2014

    This is the second book I've read in the Planet Alpha series and I have enjoyed both. These short reads are chockfull of action and "metaphysical sex" between human women and male alien warriors. Characters Sky, Jaxt, and Zoen from "Broken" are briefly mentioned, but you don't need to read their story to understand the plot in "Damaged." The author paints a vivid word picture of the spaceships, Xyran planet, and the bad guys. The heroine is resourceful and capable, but underneath her tough exterior she is vulnerable. She is quick to have sex with a strange stranger, but hey, it's a short story and a girl's got needs! Later, she takes her time before making a serious commitment. One suggestion...there is almost no mention of Planet Alpha. One would think this is the Planet Xyran series. A teeny bit more backstory on how Planet Alpha ties in to this book would be welcome.


  8. Another good addition to the series 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jul 2014

    Once again, two alien races learning to overcome past grievances to form a bonded family. I enjoy this writers style and like the characters she's developed. The woman in the story shows grit and like strong female characters. I'd be happy to buy future books from the author.


  9. Great addition to the series 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jul 2014

    I love this series. Damaged is a great follow-up to Broken. I loved the person Cori grew up to be. Reiyn and Kyuk were perfect for her. There back story made them even more interesting. Looking forward to the next book in this series by Erin M Leaf.


  10. very enjoyable 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jul 2014

    I enjoyed reading this interesting story. The characters were entertaining and I loved the storyline. A great mix of romance and action to grab my attention. Looking forward to more books in this series and especially by this wonderful author.


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