As commander of the Orion, self-control is Captain Steve Craig’s mantra. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep his ship safe from predators, including keeping his romantic liaisons off ship. The women of his crew are strictly off limits—especially those among the lithe, lethal Serpentian Guard.
Tessa Alligon is trained to kill with her bare hands, but nothing could prepare her innocent heart for the likes of the iron-willed captain. When she unexpectedly catches him with his barriers down, they share a night that melts the deep-space cold.
Craig tells her it was a mistake—their passion must be controlled. But once unleashed, Tessa’s sensual nature is not easily cooled. Neither is her thirst for revenge when he insists they have no future together.
A future for any of them becomes iffy when they discover there’s a saboteur on board. One that could be lurking within the ranks of the Serpentian Guard itself…
One that Steve knows may even be Tessa.
Orion #2 was a lot better than #1 for me. The dominance factor was at a minimum though present, but it was more of a story of Tessa's innocence while Captain Craig came across as guy that's been around the block. He knows his place and his responsibility. He has held himself to a rule never to fraternize sexually with those on his crew.
But that rule is left broken and bloodies when he meets the new cadet, Tessa. Half human, Tessa lacks the sexually prowess of her Serpentian and is quite shy and naive due to her human father's upbringing.
One night spent with the captain and Tessa's young heart is caught up in a world of romance and fantasy. When Craig proceeds to thank her for her participation and announces that it would never happen again, the ass kicking part of Tessa erupts full throttle.
And sparring with a scorned lover is never a good idea.
Captain Craig was great. Definitely fantasy material... up until the end. He just had to be one of *those*.