Captain Lyra II, known as Balt to his family, is one of the famed sons of Lyra, the handsome princes with passionate hearts that every girl in the galaxy wants to catch. The second eldest son, he’s content with the freedom and adventure that life in deep space and the Lyran Imperial Army offers him. What he isn’t content with is the current situation he’s found himself in. Not only has he been forced to stop at a backwater port for supplies, but he’s leaving with more than he expected!
One minute Balt is purchasing some supplies for his ship, the next he's stopping a man from brutally beating a slave for dropping something. When his translator malfunctions not two seconds later, he soon finds himself as owner to said slave.
And no, he's not happy about the filthy, partially dressed woman now forced into his keeping. The entire crew meanwhile is laughing their asses off.
I never expect to be pulled in by such short works but this is one of those exceptions. It was... hmm... 'sensual' comes to mind. I liked Balt. His reaction to Kayla's circumstances. The way they made love. All goodies. Yep. I really like Balt.
And, of course, his name kept bringing Balto to mind.