An all-new, stand-alone tale of two improbable lovers, their daring secret,
and the gamble destined to alter the course of their worlds forever!
The Champion of Barésh
Star World Frontier #1
Star World Frontier #1
By: Susan Grant
Released May 26, 2016
RITA-winner Susan Grant is back with an all-new, stand-alone tale of two improbable lovers, their daring secret, and the gamble destined to alter the course of their worlds forever!
She was playing with fire...
Jemm Aves battles to keep her dreams alive on a dead-end world. Working for the mines by day, she’s a successful bajha player at night, disguised as a male to be allowed to compete in the colony’s dangerous underworld where club owners will go to extremes to retain the best players. Every win puts her one small step closer to her goal: saving enough to escape Barésh with her family. When a nobleman from one of the galaxy’s elite families recruits her to be a star player for his team, it's because he doesn't know her secret. Her ruse proves to be her most perilous game yet when it puts both their lives—and her heart—at risk.
Prince Charming he was not...
Prince Klark is eager to reverse his reputation as the black sheep of the Vedla clan, a family as famous for its wealth and power as it is for being a bastion of male-dominated tradition. If his bajha team can win the galactic title it would go a long way toward restoring the family honor that his misdeeds tarnished. He travels to Barésh to track down an amateur who’s risen to the top of the seedy world of street bajha, offering the commoner a chance of a lifetime: a way off that reeking space rock for good. But his new player comes with a scandalous secret that turns his plans and his beliefs upside down. He sets out to win a very different prize—his champion’s reluctant heart.
“Don’t think so hard,” Prince Klark warned. “I can feel you.”
A tingling across her back alerted her to his presence. Gripping her sens-sword, she swung it around. “Good!” he said. “That’s it,” he praised when she predicted his next move, too.
He was never really gone for her in the darkness. Like the warmth of a slow fire, the sense of him lingered away from the source.
“Back to Skeet and Xirri—you stood up well to their teasing, Kes. They’ll respect you for it, but they won’t back off. You’re wise to focus on bajha over love interests. It will be taking up most of your time, after all. Moreover, you’re playing catch-up when it comes to league rules.”
“What about you? Do ya have love interests? Or, are ya married?”
He made a scoffing sound. “Neither.”
“Why not?” She ducked when she predicted the arc of his sens-sword. “Don’t ya ever long for female companionship?” Why was she pushing this topic? Curiosity killed the ketta-cat.
“If I desire the pleasure of a woman’s body, I can have it any time day or night. For anything more than that…finding a wife, for instance, Vash Nadah marriages have but one purpose—to strengthen alliances between the clans. Love has nothing to do with it, unless you get lucky, as my brother did, but that is rare. My choices are limited to prospects my family would round up for me. Or, I suppose, marriage candidates I might meet while socializing at court functions—which I quite frankly despise doing. It leaves little opportunity to match with a suitable woman.”
Suitable. The polar opposite of her. A girl from the slums who liked the stink and grit and solitude of driving tugs across the badlands. Who, in a heartbeat, would choose the taste of ale over the fine liqueurs she had sampled on this ship. And whose bad grammar and propensity to swearing would likely make any royal faint on the spot. “I wouldn’t be wanting to pair up under those circumstances, either. Especially if love had nothing to do with it.”
Susan Grant is a New York Times bestselling author who enjoys being able to indulge her love of travel and adventure by piloting jumbo jets around the globe. Her careers as a commercial pilot and air force pilot have provided endless inspiration for her books. Susan is the author of The Star King, launch book of her popular Star series about a spacefaring Earth family, as well as the RITA-winning novel Contact. Her new series debuts in 2016 with The Champion of Barésh. Susan and her family live in the scenic foothills of northern California.
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