Fortune's Hero Part Two (Soldiers of Fortune, #1)
To ensure their survival on a hostile planet, an escaped prisoner and his hostage must forge a partnership that changes them from enemies to reluctant allies and – eventually – to lovers.
Last year, space smuggler Quinn Conlan was on top of the world. He had everything a man could want: a fast ship, a great crew, a gorgeous girlfriend, lots of money, and adventure and excitement around every corner.
That all changed when he agreed to ferry a shipload of weapons to the beleaguered planet Marica, currently under siege by Rhenian forces. Now he's stuck in a prison camp on the moon Marica-3, subjected to weekly sessions with the camp's "medical team," and praying for a quick death before he breaks under the torture and spills everything he knows about the Marican resistance.
When the opportunity presents itself, Quinn takes a Rhenian med tech hostage and heads into the inhospitable interior of the small moon. There, he has to keep himself and Doctor Elsa Brandeis safe from the deadly flora and fauna, as well as hidden from the prison guards searching for them, all while formulating a plan for getting his crew out of prison, his ship out of impound, and everyone out of orbit.
But when Elsa professes her love, can Quinn take the beautiful doctor at her word, or will trusting her—and his heart—condemn him and his crew to an eternity on Marica-3?
* * Winner of a 2012 SFR Galaxy Award for best Enemies to Lovers story, as well as a 2012 WISRWA Write Touch Award for best FFP - Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal - novel of the year. * *
Part Two: When Elsa falls in one of the underground rivers, Quinn has to save her life. But then the dunking in cold water makes him ill. And after that, they're recaptured and brought back to the prison, where Quinn ends up in Dr. Sterling's lab once again.