From hot, sexy, and available to single dad, this firefighter's life's going up in smoke.
When Cosmir had a one-night stand all those years ago, he never dreamed that there would be consequences, but one look at small Katy's face and he can't deny that she's his. His life is hectic and full of danger, but like it or not he's now responsible for someone other than himself, and he works hard to carve out a place in his life for the adorable toddler.
Caitlyn has already felt the burn from loving a fireman once and she refuses to do it again. When a fire claims everything in her life, she's forced to accept an offer she would have never otherwise contemplated. Moving in with Cosmir not only gives her a place to sleep -- other than her brother's couch -- but she's able to live with him rent free, in exchange for watching the enchanting little girl with the pansy colored eyes.
What starts as an arrangement of convenience turns to something more as the three spend more time together. Cosmir begins to wonder if the woman of his heart has been right under his nose the entire time, and Caitlyn realizes that sometimes you have to give love a second chance.
Praise for Caitlyn and the Alien Protector (Intergalactic Brides 7)
"This book is a must read. It is too sweet, tender, and passionate to not give it a read. Well done Ms. Coulter-Smith!"
-- 4 Stars from Nikki, Sensuous Reviews
"This short story was sexy and entertaining. The author did a great job in bringing the characters to life and providing a bit of conflict to their relationship. Another aspect that I like about this story/series is how descriptive it is which helps to put a picture in my mind. It's really great and I hope there will be more books for me to enjoy."
-- Tulip, Long and Short Reviews
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Caitlyn and the Alien Protector (Intergalactic Brides 7)
Jessica Coulter Smith
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Copyright ©2016 Jessica Coulter Smith
At the fire station, Cosmir stripped out of his bunker gear and hung it up, leaving his steel-toed boots under the coat and pants. In his bare feet, he went to the bathroom, stopping long enough to get his shampoo and shower gel, and lucked into getting one of the shower stalls. After being surrounded by flames, the cool water felt good on his heated skin. He braced a lavender hand on the tiled wall and let the water sluice over his head and down his back. It didn't take long to scrub his hair and body, and he had to admit he felt a million times better when he was finished. With a towel wrapped around his waist, he went to his locker and pulled on a fresh uniform.
"So," Jake said. "This was your first major fire since joining the department. I'd say you've been a lucky bastard that all the major fires have happened on the other shift, but you seemed to enjoy running into that building. Still think this is the life you want?"
Cosmir grinned. "Definitely. Even if I did only rescue kittens this time, it still felt nice to make a difference. I'm used to defending my world, protecting those weaker than me when needed. When I realized I was going to make Earth my semi-permanent home, I knew I wanted a job where I could make a difference."
"You were a warrior though, right? Why not become a cop?"
"I actually know someone who did exactly that, but it didn't feel like a good fit for me. I don't want to see the worst of humanity every day. Yes, some of the fires we go to were set on purpose, but mostly they're accidents."
"Can I ask you something?"
"I guess it depends. Are you going to ask if aliens are anatomically the same as humans? Because I've heard that one a lot."
Jake snickered. "No, but I'm hoping you are. Your kind has a mating instead of a marriage right?"
"And you mate for life?"
"Yes, but you're not my type."
Jake's smile broadened. "No worries. You aren't my type either. But... I think you just may be perfect for --"
Cosmir turned toward the very feminine voice and nearly swallowed his tongue when he saw the ebony haired beauty heading their way. The sway of her hips drew his gaze as she sauntered toward them on metallic colored sandals. Her shorts rode low on her hips and left little to the imagination. Where had this goddess been in his entire life?
"Caitlyn. What are you doing at the station?" Jake asked.
"I can't just surprise my big brother when I'm in the area?" Her gaze scanned Cosmir before a naughty smile flitted across her lips. Before he had time to react, she threw her arms around his neck and planted a kiss on his mouth.
Her tongue flicked his lower lip and he opened to let her in. The taste of her exploded on his tongue and he couldn't help but wrap his arms around her waist, pulling her tighter against him. Warning bells were going off in his head that he was in danger of imminent meltdown, but damn, the woman could kiss!
She pulled away, a satisfied grin on her face as she turned to face Jake again.
Jake shook his head. "Well, since you're here, I'd like to introduce you to Cosmir. He's the Terran I've mentioned before." His lips tipped up on one corner. "Besides, you might as well know the name of the man you just swapped spit with. Don't you usually at least get their names first?"
Caitlyn held out a dainty hand. "It's nice to meet you."
As Cosmir's hand folded around hers, he felt a jolt that started in his chest and rapidly moved below the belt. Her blue eyes gazed up at him while a gentle smile curved her lips. She was breathtaking, and suddenly he didn't have a clue what to say. Odd. It wasn't like he'd never been around women, even if it had been nearly a year since he'd been intimate with one. "The pleasure is all mine," he rumbled, finally finding his tongue, and quite reluctant to let go of her hand.
"I haven't seen you at any of Jake's parties," Caitlyn said. "Not much of a party animal?"
Cosmir smiled. "Not really." But if she was going to be at those parties, he'd have to make an effort to be there. Watching her smile was worth a little suffering.