Title Found Girl: Project Enterprise 6
Author Pauline Baird Jones
Genre Science Fiction Romance
She likes being lost…
He needs to be found…
Arian Teraz would be perfectly happy if she never returned to her cheerless, hopeless world. Her life changes when her ship is damaged. Rescued by a handsome alien from a distant galaxy, Arian longs to find a place with him and his people.
Hotshot USAF pilot, Captain Jackson “Coop” Cooper knew the risks of boldly going somewhere before he signed up for the Project Enterprise expedition. When an anomaly sends his ship into a mysterious, no-exit sanctuary about to be invaded by a deadly adversary, he is forced to trust the unusual woman who might be his only ticket out.
With an invasion threatening the sanctuary and enemies emerging from Arian’s past, Arian and Coop must combine forces to seize an uncertain future together. Can they save each other as they battle the forces trying to rip them apart, or will the secret Arian’s ship carries – along with those seeking to exploit her – separate them forever?
Grab your copy of Found Girl today and dive into the sixth installment in the award-winning Project Enterprise series – your transport to action, adventure, and romance in space.
Arian glanced around to make sure they were alone, then lowered her voice. “How do you signal to a male, a man that you wish to be kissed?”
The woman grinned. “Just pucker up, ma’am. Hard part is to get them to stop.”
“Oh.” Arian considered this. She had not wanted Coop to stop, but he had. Had he sensed the Colonel approaching? But if a man would kiss any woman he was alone with… “So it is not something special when he kisses you?”
Now the woman seemed to really look at her. She was quiet for a few seconds. “It can be. When two people truly care about each other, kissing can be more…intimate than sex.”
“How do you know which it is?”
Her guide blinked several times, then grinned. “Well, if you ask them where they think the relationship is going and they don’t run away, that’s a good sign.”
“In the movie, they spoke words of affection,” Arian said.
“That’s a movie, it’s like made up. You know that right?”
Arian nodded. Coop had explained that all the people were actors pretending to be the real people in a story written by someone else.
Her guide’s brow creased in worry. “Sometimes guys will say things so they can, well…”
“Couple with you?”
Her face turned quite red, but she nodded. “Yes, ma’am. We call it sex. Or making love.”
Arian filed this away for further consideration. “How do you know the difference?”
This appeared to be a most difficult question because the crease in her forehead deepened.
“Well, you.sometimes you don’t know. You find out when they leave.” Her eyes turned sad. “Or when they don’t leave.” Now her mouth curved in smile and her eyes softened as if she saw something—someone?—not there with them.
She’d been hurt. Arian sensed this from her, but she was better now. “I see.” Or thought she did. She’d wondered what power Coop might have to damage her. This might be that power.
“They say love is a leap, ma’am. You don’t know how it’s going to end until you jump.”
She would not have understood this analogy before climbing down the power core. There had not been much up in her life until now. “You take the risk, or you don’t,” Arian said thoughtfully.
“Well,” her guide looked wry now, “sometimes you do it because you can’t help it. Attraction can be a bitch.”
The guide smiled, so Arian smiled back, sensing this was a mild joke.
“If your gut is telling you to run? Then do it, ma’am. It will hurt but not as much as if he walks away.”
Pauline never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.
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