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The Making of A Soldier by Chandra Ryan


The Making of A Soldier
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The air was thick and the blackness complete. If it weren’t for the yelling Gates could hear coming from deep in the apartment, he’d almost think he’d managed to fall asleep.

He chuckled at the idea. That’d be too easy. And nothing was easy about life on the docks.

“Get back here you whore. Don’t you walk away from me when I’m talking to you.”

That’d be the loser for the evening. His mother seemed to have a special gift at finding them. Some people found diamonds in the rough. She just found the rough.

He sighed in frustration but then got out of bed and dressed quickly. Things were about to get out of control. And no matter how many losers she brought home, it’d always be his job to protect her from them.

“I said get back here.”

The light was blinding as his bedroom door slid open. It took a second for his eyes to adjust but then the scene in front of him came into sharp focus. His mother was half dressed and, judging by her movements, sloppy drunk.

“Get back to your room. This doesn’t concern you.”

Gates shifted his attention to the man for the first time. Fifty pounds overweight, balding, and his skin had the gray tint that came with poor life choices. Yep. Everything his mom looked for in a man.

The sound of his fist connecting with the man’s jaw echoed through the apartment. “She’s my mom. Not a whore and not your personal punching bag.”

“You’re going to regret that, son.”

“I doubt it.” He’d been brought up in the roughest areas of the harshest planets and settlements. And he’d survived. He couldn’t imagine anything the pasty, out of shape man could do to him that would hurt worse that what he’d already endured over the years. Still, he let the man land one punch. It was always good to have a bruise or two when arguing self-defense in front of a judge. And more times that not, this kind of thing landed him in front of a judge.

His head rang as the man’s fist landed. That was all he needed. The room around them went out of focus. Nothing mattered except the man in front of him. He didn’t want to kill the man. Just ensure he never touched his mother ever again. Three or four good punches. That’s all it took.

“Get the fuck off of me.” The man pushed against his chest.

It took every once of self-control Gates had to obey. “Get out.” Gates took a step away from him to make sure he didn’t give in to the temptation to start beating on him again. “Get out. And if you ever so much as look at my mother again—”

“Please. She’s a roll in the sack. I won’t even remember her face when I’m gone.”

Gates heard his mother gasp behind him but refused to take his eyes off of the man. Her feelings were hurt. But hurt feelings were better than broken bones. “Get out.”

He watched until the door closed and he was once again alone with his mother. Only then did he turn to face her.

“He was our way out of this hellhole.” They always were according to her.

“No. He was digging the hole deeper.”

There was only one way for Gates to escape. And it wasn’t through some horny man looking for a lay.  He was a survivor. And that was a marketable skill.

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Universal Defiance, Book Three

Julian hadn’t wanted to become a genetically enhanced soldier. His father, the colonel, expected it. But when he sees his commanding officer for his first mission, he admits there might be some perks. Commander Gates is a wet dream wrapped up in a standard-issue military uniform.

He knows better than to screw around with an officer though. The last thing he wants is the complication of a relationship. But when the mission goes sideways and soldiers start dying, he realizes sex might be the best way to simplify things, especially given the scorching encounters Gates provides. A relationship though? They’ll have to survive the mission before they can worry about that.

Inside Scoop: Gates and Julian share some super-hot male/male action on a planet where gruesome monsters deal out grisly death.

A Romantica® sci-fi erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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Author: Lisa Fox

World-renowned neurosurgeon, master chef, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all… in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.

13 thoughts on “The Making of A Soldier by Chandra Ryan

  1. Very intense! Thank so much for sharing Gates’ background and hanging out with us today!

  2. I love getting to see an inside look at a character, it really shows what type of hero he is. Thank you for sharing and I’m looking forward to reading!

  3. Thanks so much for having me on today! I really loved getting to show the world a glimpse of Gates 🙂 I talk a bit about Julian and why he becomes a soldier in the book, but poor Gates doesn’t go into his backstory very much so this opportunity was fantastic.

  4. Strength, control and a protector… sounds like a yummy hero!

  5. Would love to read this !!! Sounds like a fantastic book

  6. WOW Chandra! What an intense opening & a great hook. It definitely draws me in and makes me want to read more. I *heart* M/M and haven’t read a good story in a while.

  7. WOW…sign me up to read this series. Sounds great.
    Thanks for the giveaway,

  8. Hi there to all, the contents existing at this site are in fact remarkable for
    people knowledge, well, keep up the good work fellows.

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