Authors: Laurann Dohner
Book four in the Zorn Warriors series.
Kidnapped from Earth and transported to planet Zorn to be sold as a sex slave, Shanna is one angry, frightened woman ready to fight anyone who tries to touch her. Raised in foster care, she’s not going to take any crap off some alien men no matter how big, terrifying or muscular they are. Before she can be sold, she’s freed by a huge, sexy Zorn warrior…a warrior with the most beautiful blue eyes she’s ever seen. Shanna demands he take her under his protection when she realizes she’s stuck on Zorn.
Hyvin Berrr, the leader of Zorn, thinks humans are helpless and weak. Shanna decides to teach the big hunk he’s wrong by knocking him on his backside. He might think she’s playing but she’s trying to teach him a lesson. She’s not sure if she wants to fight her feelings for the sexy alien, though if a woman has to lose a battle, this just might be the one time to concede.
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Berrr’s Vow Copyright © 2010 Laurann Dohner
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Shanna glared at the frightening large aliens who surrounded her. Her wrists hurt but she ignored the pain caused by her attempt to twist free of the manacles securing her. As one of the alien men lunged forward again, trying to grab her, she screamed in rage and swung out her right leg to kick. She nailed the son of a bitch in the thigh. He growled, backing up, and his large hand rubbed the spot she hit.
“Enough,” one of them snarled. “Stop fighting.”
“Go to hell,” she panted.
The black-haired one she’d kicked growled again, turning to face the blond alien that Shanna held totally responsible for her predicament. “You call this tame? You said human females were docile but she fights.”
Gohl snarled at Shanna. His teeth were yellowed, sharp, and his black eyes looked furious as he glared at her. “You are making a sale difficult.”
“You don’t have any idea who the hell you’re screwing with,” she yelled at him. She was terrified, she hurt and she was tired but she wasn’t going to stop fighting until they either killed her or she managed to break free. “I’m a person, dickhead. Not property for you to sell to some asshole to be a sex toy.”
Gohl was a six-foot-two alien with long blond, ratty hair and pointed ears. Five days ago Shanna had been driving home from work at 2:20 in the morning when something had caused her front passenger tire to blow out. She’d gotten out of her car after pulling to the side of the road to check out the damage, her cell phone in hand to call for a tow truck, but in the next instant he’d been there. The alien asshole had grabbed her, snatched her right off the pavement, and had put something over her mouth. She’d smelled a horrible stench as she kicked and clawed until everything had gone black in long seconds.
The next time she’d woken, she’d found herself locked in a cage with five other human women with the same story. They’d been driving along a lonely stretch of road, they’d blown a tire, and then they’d been snatched by aliens, knocked out with the funky-smelling drug, only to awaken in hell.
Shanna had been taken by three alien assholes who were selling her and the other women as sex slaves on some distant planet. She’d watched the other five women completely fall apart when Gohl had introduced himself to them, explained why they were taken and what lay in store for them. Shanna hadn’t cried. She’d been terrified, sure, but mostly she was killing mad.
Hours ago they’d landed on some red planet to be auctioned off. Shanna had watched in horror as the other five women had been sold to big, long-haired men who resembled the all-brawn-and-no-brain types. Those women had whimpered and cried while they’d been examined and sold one at a time.
Not Shanna. She was pretty sure that’s why Gohl and his men had waited to sell her last, knowing she was a fighter. She’d almost managed to escape twice so far when her captors had brought food to their cage on the ship that had brought them to the alien planet. Shanna had broken one man’s nose and she’d probably busted a nut on another one. Her only regret was that she hadn’t had a chance to hit Gohl yet. He was in charge and he was the one who had brazenly announced that he had decided to take her from Earth. She was going to hurt the freak if she got the chance.
The devil himself snarled at her again. “You will be meek,” he ordered. “Or I will take far less price to just be rid of you.”
“Like I give a damn if you make a profit off slavery. I hope I cost you money, you prick.”
His black eyes burned with rage.
He turned his head to glance at the six men in the room. “I will take forty
each to mount the alien female.”
The alien she’d kicked growled, looking pissed. “She would not survive. I did not say I wouldn’t buy her. I just objected to your false statement that she was docile.”
Shanna stopped struggling, her heart pounding. She was blonde but she’d never been stupid. She could figure out what mounting was. Terror hit her hard, realizing that the son of a bitch was offering to whore her out for forty whatever the hell an
was to all six guys. Her gaze flashed to the huge-ass men in the room, seeing lust in their leery looks. They were big bastards, muscular, well over two hundred and probably fifty pounds of nearly six and a half feet of linebacker-sized aliens.
“Then agree to a deal,” Gohl demanded. “Give me the five hundred
for her or I will short sell her to the room. I want to be rid of her and I do not care if she survives. She tests me.”
The alien she had kicked tilted his head, his dark gaze staring at her for long seconds. His focus lowered, roaming down her mostly bared body. Gohl and his two asshole shipmates had torn her clothing off her ― leaving her in a push-up bra and her low hip-hugging briefs with little to nothing left to the imagination. His attention returned to her face.
“Show me you are worth the cost. Drop to your knees and tongue me.”
Was he kidding?
Her blue eyes narrowed. “Sure. Come here, stud.”
He frowned but moved closer, reaching for the front of his pants. As soon as he was within range her hands wrapped around the chains that were locking her to the floor she stood on. She braced, knowing the tethers would keep her from being thrown backward since she only had about a foot to move with. Her body tensed before she kicked him for all she was worth. His eyes widened instantly but his reflexes weren’t faster than her leg. Her bare heel connected with his crotch.
He roared as if he were a lion, the sound that loud and animalistic. He threw himself back and grabbed the front of his pants to collapse on his knees, bending over to curl into a protective ball. She wasn’t going to let them do this to her. She’d make those assholes kill her before she submitted to blowing one of them. If he could roar, she could too. Panting, Shanna screamed out in terror and rage, not holding it back.
The back doors suddenly were flung open to admit more huge alien men. Shanna cringed as all hope of escape died when she saw that at least twenty more aliens had come to bid on her. The new arrivals all wore the same uniforms, all black leather-looking, ass-kicking biker-type of gear. She knew that one of these males was going to buy her, drag her home and hurt her.
Gohl yelled at them. “You were not invited here.”
The men in black uniforms were looking about as unfriendly as could be with their narrowed eyelids and sharp teeth showing in a silent snarl. Movement in the group drew Shanna’s attention as she saw men parting for a taller, black-haired head coming forward and then he was stepping between two of the men at the front.
She stared but she couldn’t help it. The guy was different from Gohl and his two shipmates with his rounded ears, really beautiful eyes that were a shocking electric blue, and his tan skin looked more golden than the men standing next to him. Muscles bulged under his shirt, his wide shoulders and massive chest making his lower hip and thigh area look only a bit smaller since he was big all over. He growled.
“Collis trespassers, you dare come to Zorn? Did you think I would not be informed of your ship landing on the surface?” The big guy’s angry look shifted to Shanna.
There was no mistaking the shock that widened his eyes, the way his black eyebrows rose, and he growled deep in the back of his throat, obviously not only surprised by her presence but he looked super furious in seconds. His gaze tore from hers to narrow at Gohl.
“You have a human?”
Shanna saw fear on Gohl’s features. He actually looked kind of pasty and pale. That was saying a lot since all the men seemed naturally tan. She hadn’t seen a pale-skinned alien yet. Her captor swallowed hard as he took a step back.
“She isn’t a Zorn female so you have no authority to interfere. I came here to trade my possessions to your warriors and human females are in much demand.” Gohl glared at the blue-eyed big guy he was obviously afraid of. “I have a seller permit so unless you wish to bid on her, you will leave.”
Rage flashed on the features of the blue-eyed, leather-clad alien. “You dare tell me the laws on my own planet?”
“Even Hyvin Berrr must follow the law.” Gohl looked nervous as he spoke.
“Slave trade is against my law.”
“It is against your law to sell Zorn or Collis women but there is no law on humans.”
The giant of an alien slowly smiled. It was a cold, harsh twist of his full lips that didn’t reach his eyes. Shanna decided it was actually a scary expression.
“I make the laws so listen closely to my words. Let it be known I decree a new law that it is a violation to sell human women from this moment onward.”
“You can’t do that, Hyvin,” Gohl snarled.
“I just did it.” Hyvin Berrr turned to the men in uniform. “Take them all before a judge, the Collis for selling women and the Zorn present for illegal trading.”
All hell broke loose a heartbeat later as Gohl spun and ran for the back of the room to flee. The aliens not in the leather outfits tried to fight their way past the uniformed ones. The two shipmates of Gohl were the only men in the room who didn’t resist as they put their hands behind their heads, locking them there, and dropped to their knees in submission. Fights broke out and all of a sudden the giant called Hyvin Berrr was storming right for Shanna. She stared up at him as he drew closer, stopping just out of reach of her chained, standing form, a frown firmly in place on his face.
“You are safe. I give you my vow that no harm shall come to you, human. I am—”
“Look out behind you,” Shanna yelled, seeing Gohl rush from the back where he’d tried to escape. He’d yanked a knife out from a pocket in his pants, gripping it, as he ran right at the bright blue-eyed alien with his back to him.
Hyvin Berrr spun just in time to avoid Gohl’s knife. A vicious snarl filled the room over the other fighting sounds. For a big guy, the leather-clad alien could move fast. He sidestepped the blade Gohl tried to embed into his chest. Hyvin Berrr’s hand moved quickly as he threw a hard punch. His fist slammed into Gohl’s throat, sending him flying backward to hit the floor sprawled on his back a good six feet away.
Shanna heard a horrible sound coming from the fallen alien. As Gohl grabbed for his throat his body started to buck and convulse. Two uniformed males walked slowly to stand over him, staring down and frowning as they watched silently. One of them turned his
his bright green eyes almost glowed while staring calmly at the alien who had put Gohl on the floor.
“You crushed his throat, Hyvin Berrr. Shall I end it? He suffers.”
Hyvin Berrr shook his head, turning his back on the dying man. “Let him suffer for having no honor.” Bright blue eyes locked on Shanna. He moved in her sightline of Gohl who was full on rolling now on the floor, his legs kicking, as he struggled to get air that would never come. “He sealed his fate when he came to our planet with slaves.”
Shock rolled through Shanna. Gohl was dying on the floor but no one was helping him, realizing they were just going to watch him die. The big alien standing in front of her had crushed his throat and was now watching her. Her attention rooted on him.
Will he crush my throat next?
He took a slow step forward before he hesitated. He blinked a few times, silently watching her, making her notice his long, black eyelashes. His hands slowly inched for his waist. In shock Shanna watched the alien open his shirt, jerking it open to reveal a massively muscled chest. She saw the ridged lines of each muscle waving from his ribs down to the waist of his pants. His arms were super buff, making his biceps appear just huge when he pulled the material off his arms. He looked as if he were a bodybuilder on steroids without the ugly vein lines most of them got. He held his shirt in one hand, his stunningly bright look fixed on her.
“You are safe.” He draped the shirt over his shoulder and to her shock lowered to his knees before her and moved on them closer to her. “I will free you and you may wear my shirt. I will take you somewhere safe where you will not be sold into slavery.”
Shanna held really still as the guy hesitantly reached for one of her manacled wrists, deciding she wouldn’t fight him. He wasn’t Gohl, he claimed to want to free her and she was all for that. Her gaze flashed over his massive chest and muscled arms again, swallowing, and she realized she wouldn’t stand a chance of fighting this guy off if he wanted to hurt her. He was much bigger than Gohl and his two goons had been.
Large, hot hands brushed against her skin as he gripped the metal gently, examining it, and then he pulled it apart. A sharp snap sounded and Shanna realized he’d just broken it with his fingers instead of trying to unlock it.
The guy is strong.
He dropped the destroyed manacle on the floor, freeing her wrist.
Shanna tore her gaze from his face to stare down at her now-free arm. Her wrist was red and bled from where she’d fought, causing the metal to scratch her along the side by her thumb. It ached but it wasn’t really that painful. When the large alien gripped her other wrist she jumped, too focused on her freed wrist to notice what he was about to do.
He froze, his head lifted, and those incredible eyes of his stared into her wide ones. “Easy. I will not harm you, little human woman. I vow you are safe with me.”
He had a really deep voice but his tone was soft, almost soothing. Giving a nod, she didn’t move as he proceeded to snap open the other restraint. He dropped the broken metal and then slowly rose to his feet. Shanna stared up at him when he took a step back from her.
The alien guy had to be six and a half feet tall. Shanna was five-foot-five and the guy towered above her by just over a foot. She didn’t even come to his shoulder. Swallowing hard, she stared up at him in shock and a little fear. He was huge, muscular, and probably the biggest male she’d ever been in the presence of. They stared at each other.
“Hyvin Berrr?” A male interrupted. “We have them all.”
A frown twisted the male’s lips. Hyvin Berrr reached for the shirt draped over his shoulder and slowly held it toward Shanna. He turned away and released his hold when her fingers wrapped around the still-warm material. Staring at a broad tan back, she yanked his shirt around her body.