Oops, Caught

By Alli Reshi

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Mark Noland can’t figure out how he got into such a fix. How does an ex-mercenary (okay, an almost-reformed mercenary) get himself caught, stuck in a holding cell, on a hostile alien planet? Held captive by strange bug-like creatures who’d just as soon eat him as look at him. How can a simple mission go so awry? To make matters worse, Noland’s not alone. His fellow prisoner, a certain high-ranking, elite Stella officer holds him responsible for their failed plan. Yeah, it was supposed to be a quick in and quick out sort of mission. But no… Officer Gavnson just can’t let it go.

It’s not so easy trying to plan an escape when Noland keeps getting distracted by how his mission partner so very nicely fills out his uniform. And he suspects Gavnson is hiding something, too. As tensions run high, secrets are revealed that will change the both of them. There’s nothing like gunfights and running for your life to make that special bond.

Book Info

Author: Alli Reshi

Series: Expanding Horizon

Release Date: January 2, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-9459-5235-7

Format: ePub, Mobi, PDF

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Category: Romance

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Word Count: 16500*

Pages: 34

Sex Content: Non-Explicit

Pairing: MM

Orientation: Gay

Identity: Cisgender

*Short

Excerpt

Oops, Caught
Alli Reshi © 2017
All Rights Reserved

 

I sat against a wall, watching as my companion paced the length of the cell. Groaning, I leaned my head against the concrete, bored now that we had been caught and taken out of the main action.

At least I had an excellent view to keep me occupied. I could finally appreciate what everyone liked about a man in uniform. My cellmate’s pants were very complimentary to certain areas of his anatomy. With his hands clasped at his lower back as he paced the room, I had the pleasure of an alternating view of his broad back and the strong frame of his chest.

The stern look almost marred his handsome face as he stared at the locked door, set into a row of bars. But his strong jaw, highlighted by a twitching muscle, somehow added to his appeal. Men usually didn’t interest me as much, but having a galaxy of choice opened one’s view of preferences, and to be honest, I had admired worse.

I wondered what his thoughts on a tall, broad-chested, human man were. Would there be any interest on his part, or did he only prefer his own kind? Maybe he had someone back home. A slim-waisted Resconian woman who cooked him warm dinners. Would that be more to his taste? Then again, maybe being an elite Everian-ranked officer in the Stella Corps galactic military didn’t leave much time for romance. I pushed the thoughts away before I could get too involved in them.

“So, Gavnson. Found our way out of here yet?” I asked, watching him make another pass in front of me as he headed for the left side of the jail cell. He ignored that question, like he’d ignored all the others I’d asked.

Our part of the mission had been a distraction tactic that hadn’t worked as well as I had hoped. In any case, it should have given enough time for the rest of our team to break into the other side of the compound where the data center was located so we could take back the information the Awoknains had stolen. Lists of undercover agents and stealth plans weren’t something you wanted up for grabs among enemies. I knew it would be a matter of time until Ken, my master mechanic and sometimes arsonist, broke us out. Though it seemed Gavnson wasn’t content to be patient.

He reached for one of the hinges at the top of the door. Bolting forward, I wrapped my arms around his waist and pulled Gavnson back before he could touch the knot of metal. We slipped off balance, and I tried to take a step back to regain my footing, but it was useless; we tumbled to the floor in a heap. The wind was knocked out of me, and I gasped for air. Gavnson was heavier than he looked.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing, Noland?” Gavnson yelled. He rolled off me effortlessly and sat up, directing a harsh look at me.

“Saving your ass. Don’t touch those; they’re electrified. Not enough to kill you, but it’s a hell of a shock that’ll give you nasty burns,” I said, wheezing as I sat up. I didn’t miss his flinch, though he tried to hide it. I was instantly curious, but ignored the itch to question. Starting a fight with Gavnson wouldn’t help us break out.

He was silent after his near miss with the electrified hinge. I was glad he was finally sitting still. The constant nervous motion wore on my nerves. No matter how fine an ass he had.

The silence that followed made my skin crawl; it was the quiet before the storm hit. I was tempted to ask Gavnson any random question, but if the tension in his body was anything to go by, he obviously wasn’t much in the mood for conversation.

I stared at the far wall through the bars on the door, hoping Ken would hurry his blue ass up and break us out so we could be done with the job. He had been part of the retrieval team. Footsteps echoed down the hall, headed in our direction, but I didn’t recognize them. There were more corpsmen as part of Gavnson’s team; hopefully, that would be some of them. Luck was not on our side, though. Our insect-like captors now stood in front of our cell, their green skin and horns gleaming.

“You. Up now. Come.” The raspy demands issued from mouths that didn’t move. That would never not be creepy. I didn’t have time to think on that, though; the guards motioned at Gavnson to get up.

“No, you can’t,” I said. I grabbed Gavnson’s shoulder to stop him from moving.

“Why?” The attention of the two guards flicked to me. A simple question with complex implications. Think fast, Noland.

2 reviews for Oops, Caught

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Entertaining and enjoyable space adventure with lovely opposites attract romance. Fun!!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Elaine White

    Book – Oops, Caught (Expanding Horizon, 1)
    Author – Alli Reshi
    Star rating – ★★★★☆
    No. of Pages – 50
    Cover – Perfect!
    POV – 1st person, one character
    Would I read it again – Yes
    Genre – LGBT, Science Fiction, Fantasy
    Triggers – suicidal thoughts/actions, threat of cross-species alien cannibalism, PTSD

    ** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **

    The book started with the main characters already captured and in prison, which wasn’t what I was expecting, but once I got reading it, made for a good impact start to the story. It certainly kicked the action off, right from page one, with Noland admiring his captain, Gavnson, for the strong man he is, and introducing us to the fact that they’re not exactly the same species, nor the same level of authority. Noland is bisexual, and smart enough to know that he shouldn’t make the moves on someone like Gavnson, especially considering how tightly wound he is. But, when threatened by their captors – who are likely to eat them! – he convinces the aliens race of Awoknain that he and Gavnson are mates, something highly prized and revered. It buys them some time.

    And, thus, the shenanigans begin.

    I love that, despite Gavnson being reluctantly willing to see through the ruse to get them out of prison, Noland makes it quite clear that he considers coerced sex as rape and won’t go along with it. I really want to thank the author for that, because too often the ‘plot point’ of “we must have sex to save the planet/species” is used and the whole aspect of being forced into that situation for the sake of the end goal if never acknowledged. So thanks for making Noland smart enough to say no, to vocalise how wrong it would be, and to find another way. I really appreciated it.

    When it comes to the writing, I liked the style, but there were a few too many instances of dialogue slang slipping into the main text, e.g. ‘gonna’ etc. It would have been fine if it was consistent, but I think it was just a slip up with editing, because it only happened maybe one or two times. There were a few more editing issues, such as capital letters in the wrong places, an extra letter here or there, that was left over from previous changes. Since this is an ARC, I assume that these will be changed or fixed by publication, but I do have to mention them because they were present in my copy.

    There was great world building, some strong characterisation, especially for only 50 pages, and a really solid plot that allowed for adventure, action, back story, and even some romance. The sci-fi elements were well done and, if you’ll excuse the pun, nothing was too alien to be understood.

    The story dealt with some serious issues: suicidal thoughts/actions, military PTSD, battle scars and burns, self-loathing, confused sexuality, and the emotional and mention turmoil left over from a war that someone thought they shouldn’t have survived, as well as the idea that men have to be strong, that wounds/scars make a man weak. They were so delicately handled, but well written. As someone who has plenty of scars myself, I loved the authentic and sensitive way the issues were handled, both by Gavnson who hadn’t had time to mentally recover before putting himself into another mission, and Noland who manned up and was there when Gavnson needed him.

    I loved the chemistry and the couple, so I’m thrilled to see this is part of a series. I just hope it will center around the same people. If not, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it anyway.

    In the end, I had to give the story a 4 rating, because of the issues with editing, and because there was just an indefinable something missing. I’m not sure if it was the ending, or that I was looking for something that wasn’t there, I can’t tell. There’s this niggle sticking with me, reminding me that it just didn’t have that ‘something’ that would take it up to a 5 star. But still a great read, very enjoyable, and a lot of fun. I’ll be reading the next installment, for sure.

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