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The Grivath have sold us on Gule- a planet where hope goes to die. Insert the tall, sexy warrior aliens who saved us. Terex is tough, fierce, and bossy. But I can’t stay and be his snuggle bunny. Instead, I need to convince him to help me get back to Earth. Should be a piece of cake… Right?
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I scowl at him, suddenly furious. “It’s none of your business.”
Surprise flashes through his eyes, and then he laughs. My scowl deepens. Glad to know he finds me so funny.
“We’ll wait here all day,” he declares.
Vivian clears her throat imperiously from where the others are waiting a few feet ahead, and I have a sudden urge to push her off her dino-horse.
I gesture toward my thighs, and Terex frowns and then growls impatiently. He swings his leg over the mishua, and I jolt as his boots hit the ground. Then he’s gently turning me until I’m sitting sidesaddle, gazing down at him.
“You will tell me what is hurting you.”
“You’re being ridiculous.”
He simply stares at me, and I gesture toward my thighs once more. Terex’s eyes narrow, and then I’m grabbing at his shoulders as he pushes my thighs further apart, his hands gentle.
“Poor female,” he says, his voice low.
I narrow my eyes at him. “My name is Ellie.”
He meets my eyes, the expression on his face as if I’ve given him a gift.
“Poor Ellie.” He lingers over my name like it’s a dirty word, and I blush. I feel my cheeks heat even more as he returns his attention to my thighs. I’m not the first woman to have chub rub, and I won’t be the last. It’s just something that happens to plenty of women, especially in summer.
But it’s hard being surrounded by perfection, well aware that if I could just lose a few pounds— something that my mother has been hissing at me to do for more than fifteen years— I wouldn’t have nearly as much of a problem.
I glance at where the others are waiting. Alexis and Nevada are talking quietly while the guys watch curiously, and Vivian wrinkles her nose at me in disdain.
I want the ground to open up beneath me.
“You’re embarrassing me,” I hiss at Terex, and to my mortification, a tear spills down my cheek.
Terex’s eyes widen, and then his face hardens as he turns to the others, gesturing for them to continue. He waits until they’re moving on before he turns back to me.
“Look, I’m fine,” I say. “I’ll survive until we arrive. Let’s just keep going.”
“I may not be able to fix your arm, but I can help you with this.”
Terex gently runs the tip of one finger over the inside of my thigh, and I wince even as desire stirs in my stomach. I feel my eyes widen, and I glance away, startled.
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve thought about sex, and even longer since I’ve wanted it. But right now, I’m doing more than thinking about it. I’m visualizing it, fantasizing about it…needing it.
“I have something that will help,” Terex says, reaching into one of the leather bags hanging off his saddle.
He pulls out a small jar and opens it. A sweet, floral scent hits me. It’s similar and yet different to anything I’ve ever smelled before.
I reach for the jar, and Terex simply grins up at me, pulling it out of my reach.
His smile… My breath catches, and his grin widens as let out a long sigh. I could’ve done without seeing that smile. That smile just makes it even harder to ignore what’s shaping up to be one hell of a crush.
I’m so busy recovering from the effect his grin has on me that I’m not prepared for his hand to slip between my thighs.
I squeak, pushing at his huge shoulders, and he glowers at me.
“Be still, female,” he growls, and I freeze. His touch is matter-of-fact, and it’s not like he’s attempting to catch a feel, but there’s something incredibly intimate about the way his hand strokes the insides of my thighs.
Even though it hurts when he applies the cream, the effect is instant, and I sigh in relief as the pain disappears. Terex studies my face and nods, finally putting the cream away and swinging his leg back over his dino-horse.