Title: Mercy Bound
Author: Kele Moon
Genre: Science-Fiction / Erotica
Despite wanting her forever, Dray has vowed to protect Mercy, even from himself. Then his mating heat is triggered, leaving only two choices—fuck or die. And luscious Mercy is suitably equipped—and determined—to save him.
The scene is an infirmary on a spaceship, somewhere in the galaxy. Mercy, and two Alanten warriors, Dray and his brother Conrad are waiting for the doctor’s arrival, pretty impatiently.
“When that doctor comes back, I’m gonna kill him.”
Dray suffered a serious injury, and the doctor mistakenly believes he is human, and treats him with a medicine that has a side effect for Alantens, namely it triggers mating heat. It is fatal for Dray, if he can’t find a suitable mate.
There is no other female on the ship, furthermore Dray and Mercy have been secretly in love with each other for ages, so obviously Mercy has no intention of letting him die.
Despite its shortness, the story is delineated quite precisely; I mean the small details about their childhood and life, about the Alanten race, even the name of the planets in the Galaxy. The world-building is worked out genuinely.
I loved not only the physical aspects of bonding, but the spiritual and mental ones too. The exquisite humor of the writing also must be mentioned.
With all of Dray’s weight on her, she was gasping in pain. He really was a massive man.
“I’ll prove myself to you,” he breathed against her neck, his voice a ragged rumble. “I’m a ferocious warrior.”
“No, really, don’t bother. I believe you,” Mercy wheezed.
The bar scene is also hilarious!
All in all, Mercy Bound is an enjoyable, very hot short story.
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