Here’s the blurb:
Blind since the age of ten due to an attempted assassination plot, Princess Shalira is resigned to an arranged marriage with a warrior chieftain… until she meets Sectors Special Forces Major Mike Varone, sent to the planet Majumdar to investigate a crashed spaceship, lost in the planet’s mountains. After Mike saves her from another assassination attempt, she persuades her father the Emperor to order him to join her caravan, going to meet her bridegroom.
Mike resists his growing attraction to her but the pair bond further as they work to retrieve sacred artifacts from her mother’s tomb, narrowly escaping another ambush. Mike offers Shalira the opportunity to go off planet with him, but she insists on carrying out her father’s wishes to create an important alliance by marrying the chieftain. Heartsore, Mike promises to deliver her safely to her bridegroom and walk away.
But when they reach the mountain camp, the chieftain is revealed to be a brutish thug, with no intention of honorably marrying Shalira. Mike rescues her and from that point on they’re in a race against time to accomplish his mission, escape the hostile warriors hunting them and make it off the planet.
And now for the six sentences – this is right after the bombing in the marketplace and Mike has whisked her to temporary shelter. Mike is speaking:
“Are you sure you’re up to walking?”
Straightening her shoulders resolutely, she said, “I’ll be fine – if there’s trouble on the streets, I shouldn’t be out.”
“Let me help you then,” he offered, taking her hand to guide her down the bakery’s three shallow steps.
“I can manage.”
Although she tried to yank her hand away, Mike didn’t relinquish his grip as he said, “I don’t care if you know every inch of this plaza on an ordinary day – today you won’t get ten steps without tripping over debris. Now do I guide you or do I carry you?”
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