Ulterior Motives, Chandra Ryan
Ulterior Motives (book one), Chandra Ryan
Book Description (provided) On a rural settler planet, Kat must resort to putting out an ad to find a husband. She doesn’t expect to find love—that’s a dream in these parts—just a partner to help work her ranch. Then the devastatingly handsome Jasper answers her ad and turns her on in ways she never dreamed possible. Too bad he’s not who he says he is.
Jasper doesn’t know what he’s getting into when he ventures undercover to investigate a legal claim against Kat’s ranch. But after a toe-curling night under her roof and in her bed, he’s willing to do anything to stay there. He can’t say no to the tough-as-nails businesswoman who makes his body come alive.
When people start getting hurt, though, both Kat and Jasper have to decide how valuable one piece of land is. And the ranch that brought them together might be the very thing standing between them
Bookswagger Marcia: Three Crowns, swagger jacked, decent read. I love sci-fi new settlement reads, this one started out nice. There was a bit too much information given in the front, not what I expected but it was all good. Jasper arrives on the planet supposedly to be a mail order groom but after the car/hover craft ride to the ranch he reveals he is there to investigate the complaints against Kat’s ranch. So boo hoo, so sad we already know he is not who she thought he was. A serious of deadly events takes place on the ranch, almost at once and we find out the reason her ranch is being investigated by a corrupt government official is because of a valuable material in her lands soil, that can kill a planet in 24-hours. I liked the concept, I found it very realistic for a futuristic read, because I know in the future we are still going to have those crazy government conspiracies and government officials doing shady deals. The romance between the two characters was nice, not explosive, they kind of settled into a deep respect for each other, which lead to a love for one another. Although we did not have to wait long for them to find out they loved each other in the bedroom.
Straight to the Swagger: Realistic sci-fi romance, basically a suspense on another planet.
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“Excuse me, sir.” Her calm words broke through the chaos of the port station and gained his undivided attention. This close to him, staring into his rich, brown eyes, her stomach began to churn with nerves. She quickly pushed through the sensation, though. She didn’t have the time for silliness. And it was the height of absurdity for her to be uncomfortable around her soon-to-be husband. “I’m Katarina Maxim. My friends call me Kat.”
She held her hand out to him in casual greeting as she tried not to fidget. She’d debated how to greet him as she’d driven to the station. A kiss seemed rather forward. But she did want him to feel welcomed. A handshake seemed like the best idea at the time. Now, as she waited for him to take her hand, she started second-guessing herself.
“Katarina, that’s a lovely name.”
She noted that he’d called her Katarina but tried not to let that color her first impression of him. She didn’t hate the name nor did she hate being called by it. It just didn’t fit her. Not anymore. Katarina sounded soft, delicate—refined, even. Like she’d been before her family had moved here. She could only hope that he didn’t see her as any of those things. If he did, he would be sorely disappointment when he got to know her better. “Kat. Only my mother called me by my full name,” she pressed.
“Kat it is.” His smile seemed genuine but his palm was as soft as new leather when he finally took hers. If he stayed, that would change. This planet demanded calluses and blisters. Her hands were proof of that.