Albaterra Mates Series Book 1
What would you do if you were forced to choose between your race and your love?
Tabitha Bartel lives to serve and please people – until she finds herself taking orders from an alien she would never have imagined to exist. After accepting the position of Chef aboard NASA’s ship, the Paragon, she thought she would have plenty of time to reevaluate her life, soaring into space. She never expected that the ship would catch fire and plummet onto a strange planet to what should have been her death, much less to find herself in the company of white-eyed, blue-skinned aliens.
Rexstrenu’us, known informally as Rex, is the youngest A’li-uud Elder in a very long time, and for a good reason. He is a skilled warrior, admirably intuitive, and fiercely dedicated to the protection and prosperity of his people. When he finds the curvy and curly-haired Tabitha at the Paragon’s crash site, however, his priorities are thrown into question as he is faced with upholding his leadership obligations while entertaining his relentless interest in the lovely human.
The entire planet of Albaterra is turned upside down as humans and A’li-uud alike are suddenly in fear for their lives, and the stirrings of a budding war begin to disrupt the once-peaceful alien civilization. Amidst the panic, Rex discovers Tabitha’s life is in danger from vigilantes and Elders opposed to his affections. He will do anything he can to protect her, but, when he learns of her dark history from another Paragon survivor, and she discovers his role in her near-death experience, they realize they may not even be able to trust each other.
Will Tabitha be able to rescue her fellow surviving crewmembers without compromising her relationship with Rex?Will Rex manage to be the Elder his people trust without forsaking his love? In the end, will any of it matter at all?