On the faraway planet of Belthola exists a group of extraordinary men, the Malerí. Born with empathic powers, they devote themselves to the service of their planet as mediators, diplomats, doctors, lawmen and scholars. Where help is needed by any planet or people, they generously provide it.
But even those with powers have their weaknesses. For the Malerí, the use of their gift can eventually cause madness, even death. The one thing that can prevent such an ill fated end is the taking of a mate. Male. One with whom they can join -- mind, body and soul.
Publisher's note: This Box Set contains the previously released titles Mate Hunt, Double or Nothing, Between Love and Law, Ride 'Em Cowboy, and Redemption.
Praise for Bonds of the Malerí (Box Set)
"These stories by Kate Steele grab you from the beginning, and while each is an individual story, they flow one into the other as if it was one continuous novel. Each story brings a new look into the life of the Malerí and will leave the reader wanting more."
4.5 Stars! -- Lydia, Rainbow Reviews
"I was absolutely blown away by this author's well developed world and characters within this collection as a whole and in the individual stories themselves. This is truly a wonderful collection of stories that will leave you breathless from start to finish."
4 Hearts! --Dawn, Love Romances and More
Praise for Mate Hunt
"4 Blue Ribbons! Ms. Steele has charmed me with this tender-hearted, erotic love story."
-- Belle Rouge, Romance Junkies
"4 Cups! Ms. Steele tells the love story of Col and Matthew with sensitivity and imagination... It was a delight to read about two such wonderful men finding each other and pursuing a loving relationship."
-- Regina, Coffeetime Romance Reviews
"4 Stars! From the first page, Ms. Steele captured my imagination."
-- Michelle Naumann, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
Praise for Double or Nothing
"This character driven novel is fantastic.... If good writing, wonderful characters, and hot sex interest you, then Bond of Maleri 2: Double or Nothing is the ticket."
-- Suni Farrar, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
"4 Cups! What a unique and intriguing story! The sex scenes are hotter than a bushel of jalapeno peppers and left me wanting more."
-- Susan White, Coffeetime Romance Reviews
Praise for Between Love and Law
"4 Flags! Another excellent entry in the Bond of the Malerí series from Kate Steele who knows how to write sizzling eroticism woven through an exciting futuristic plot line with sufficient twists and turns to keep any reader intrigued, and hungry for the next installment!"
-- Annie, Euro Reviews
"5 Stars! Ms. Steele takes her superb talent for writing science fiction romance and puts it on full display in this offering."
-- Keely Skillman, ecataRomance Sensual Reviews
Praise for Ride 'Em Cowboy
"5 Stars! This story had beautifully descriptive scenery and a mystery to solve. I was enthralled throughout the entire book and was sorry that it had to end."
-- Marcy Arbitman, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
"5 Angels! Once again, Ms. Steele has taken the world of the Malerí and expanded it to a new level. The characters of Zeb and Jace are both very intricate, but loving."
-- Teresa, Fallen Angel Reviews
Praise for Redemption
"Another great book by this wonderful author.... I loved seeing these two grow and open up to each other. It is one you can't put down."
-- Nicole Harvey, Sensual Reads and Reviews
"Kate Steele's stories about the bond of the Malerí are incredibly well-written.... Sexually graphic, Redemption showed the spirit of love as only a talented author could do. I was once again enriched by Ms. Steele's writing."
-- Marcy Arbitman, The Romance Studio
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Bonds of the Malerí
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Copyright ©2018 Kate Steele
"Col, can you hear me?"
Coltas Oldarie stirred at the sound of his name and opened his eyes. He lay still for a moment, then commented in a resigned voice, "It happened again."
His gaze wandered the room, a utilitarian yet pleasant place, equipped with a bed and a small table with two chairs. Behind an automatic sliding door, which was triggered by proximity sensors, was a small open closet space and another sliding door that led to the bathroom. It was a typical room in the Contaral Healing Complex, the kind he was well familiar with as this was where he worked.
Col let his gaze connect with his friend's. His green eyes flared for a brief moment and Geral's gray eyes echoed that fleeting flash. Geral smiled. "It's past time, Col. You have to seek your mate before you can continue your work. Your mind has absorbed all it can. Unless you want to end up a permanent patient, instead of blacking out a time or two, you need the relief only your true mate can provide."
"I know, it's just that..." Col swallowed, unable to finish his thought.
Geral caressed Col's face, brushing a lock of sable hair from his forehead while his eyes filled with understanding. "You know Sam and I would keep you as our third forever if we could. We both love you, but we all know that's not possible. You must seek your mate and Sam and I will bring another of our brothers into our home until such time as he, too, is ready to leave." Geral grinned and winked. "Besides, it would be selfish to deny you the opportunity to discover for yourself the joys of being mated."
Col grinned in return. "You mean the nagging, chiding and scolding?"
"Hey! I resent that," said the man entering the room. He frowned, his brown eyes filled with ire at the two already present, which brought a laugh from them both.
"I'm only teasing, Sam. We felt your approach and it's just too much fun watching you rise to the bait," Col confessed.
"Hmm, I suppose for someone with so little imagination you have to get your jollies somewhere," Sam replied with a satisfied smile.
"Is that any way to talk to an invalid?"
"Invalid my ass," Sam snorted and approached the bed. His hand cupped Col's cheek and he leaned down, kissing him gently on the lips. Col responded by sliding a hand to the back of Sam's head and holding him while his tongue slid between Sam's parted lips for a leisurely exploration of his mouth.
When released, Sam drew back and gave him a skeptical look. "Yeah right, you're sick," he responded sarcastically. "If you were any healthier, I'd find myself riding that," he accused, pointing to the growing bulge in Col's pants.
"That's actually not a bad idea," Geral said, giving his mate a look filled with heated intent. "I think Col deserves an appropriate send-off." He turned his gaze to his friend. "Col, go lock the door."
Sam's chest began to rise and fall at a more rapid pace as the rate of his breathing increased. "I should have kept my mouth shut," he quipped, even as he returned the growing look of arousal in his mate's eyes.
"Oh no, lover, I want your mouth open," Geral replied, shaking his head.
Col watched their exchange with an anticipatory smile before sitting up and swinging his legs over the side of the bed. He stood, crossed the room and locked the door. By the time he returned to them, Geral had Sam in his arms, his mouth engaged in a passionate kiss.