All of Me by Lea Kirk
Garrison "Gunner" Reed thought the Anferthian invasion of Earth was life-changing, but that was nothing compared to rescuing April Buroski from the invaders' slave ship. Now, he can't get the petite, honey-blonde woman out of his mind. But, April's pregnant with her deceased boyfriend's child, and there doesn't seem to be room in her life for another man.
April will never forget the man she lost in the invasion, her first love, Dave. Yet, when the chips are down, Garrison is there for her and her baby. The emotions stirring in her heart for the former Army colonel war with her feelings for Dave. Can she let go of the past and embrace her future before it's too late?
A life-changing encounter. A tragic loss. Can two lonely souls find a second chance?
Love is Ageless
“How close are you?” Garrison’s question pulled her from her musings. “Till the baby comes, I mean.”
“My due date is in eight days.” That ought to freak him out.
His eyebrows notched up and concern flickered in his eyes. “Should you be out here walking around alone?”
April smothered the laugh bubbling inside her. “Relax, Garrison. The worst that could happen is my water breaks and I make a mess on a dirt road. First babies generally take their time about being born, and Healer Dacian’s infirmary is only a block away.”
He returned her smile with full-fledged grin, then enveloped her hand with his much larger one. “Sorry.”
“Would you like company?” What had possessed him to ask that? The part of you that finds her adorable in that jumper, and the way it brushes against her rounded belly…. Jesus, Reed!
He froze, his eyes transfixed by the sight before him. April stood over the sink, her head resting on her arms against the mirror. Droplets of water clung to her naked body. Damp, dark-gold tendrils of hair stuck to her neck, shoulders and back. He couldn’t stop his gaze from traveling downward. Faint silvery lines etched her softly rounded belly, signifying her hard-earned rank of motherhood. Each line was a badge of honor in his eyes.
All of Me indeed! 5 GOLD STARS
I LOVE IT!! This is a SPACETASTIC short story that takes place after Prophecy ends, a side story with different characters. And what incredible characters too! The birthing scene?!? I couldn't stop laughing! Seriously!! The rest of the story? WOW! Talk about powerful! On ALL levels! And the ending?!? WHOA! Lea has definitely showcased her astronomical talent & exceptional gift with this shorter story because I fell instantly into it, attached to the characters just from the "about" page! And given how much I cried (and how many times I had to pause & calm down, especially at the ending, in order to keep reading), I think it is more than safe to say that this story affected me deep into my Animi. I often find myself having a harder time connecting with short stories, but that is soooo NOT the case this time! I fell in love with Lea's storytelling with Prophecy and while I am *cough* impatiently *cough* eagerly awaiting my next STELLAR adventure, this story, rather than "appease" my desire for more, it actually INCREASED it! I ABSO-MATIRAN-LUTELY CANNOT wait to travel with Lea, Alex, Gryf, Nick and the rest of my friends!
Lea Kirk loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her science fiction romances. Her fascination with science fiction began at six years old when her dad introduced her to the original Star Trek TV series. She fell in love with the show, and was even known to run through her parents’ house wearing the tunic top of her red knit pantsuit and her white go-go boots pretending to be Lieutenant Uhura. By nine years old she knew she wanted to be a writer, and in her teens she read her first romance and was hooked.
Ms. Kirk lives with her wonderful hubby of twenty-six years, their five kids (aka, the nerd herd), and a Doberman who is convinced he's a people.