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A Stolen Heart, Antonello Brothers Series

A Stolen Heart, Antonello Brothers Series #scifi #spaceopera Kayelle Allen

 

 

A Stolen Heart
An abandoned half-human child.
An enhanced warrior in hiding.
Two monsters in need of a family...

This book and blurb are in progress
and subject to change

The Antonello Brothers Series
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Excerpt from A Stolen Heart

A Stolen Heart is a full length novel set in the Antonello Brothers Science Fiction Romance series. The book is currently in progress.

The scene below is the critical moment of the story when Luc Saint-Cyr meets Senthys (Senth) Antonello for the first time. This massive, enhanced warrior turned businessman has the empire by the tail -- so long as no one finds out what Luc really is. Enter a tiny three-year-old boy running as if fleeing a monster, and that solid hold on all things "normal" quickly turns to mush.  The teacher has showed up, and while Senth hides, Luc redirects her elsewhere...


After she left, Luc stepped back. "It's safe to come out now. She's gone."

Sticking one finger in his mouth, the boy crept forward, peeked around the door, and burst into tears.

Even Luc, whose experience with children could be recorded on his palm, could tell his cry reflected genuine relief. The boy had been terrified.

Monster chasing him indeed. What had that woman done?

The little one ran, but instead of heading for the door, he made a beeline for Luc and threw both arms around one of his legs, sobbing.

Luc stiffened.

Children didn't run to him. They fled.

Imperturbable, Pietas had called him. Seeing him now, his king would guffaw.

Luc bent at the knees only enough to pat the boy on the head. "There, there."

The child cried harder.

What if the headmistress showed up and found him with a sobbing child? How did one coax a child to cease crying? Her office held no toys or distractions. This room was all business, a showcase for prospective clients, not children.

"Stop crying, little boy." He tacked on, "Please."

Wailing harder, the boy looked up at him, blue eyes red-rimmed.

Heart in his throat, Luc took stock.

A terrified child. Him.

That ratio was supposed to work only one way.

He showed up. Children ran.

Why didn't this one?

An adult with issues, Luc could handle. That was territory he knew. When one lived with Pietas, one became an expert out of necessity.

His training, both military and in business had taught him three steps. Identify the problem. Acknowledge the problem. Solve the problem.

All right. He knew the problem, so the solution was not to stand there like a dolt, but instead treat this little one with respect. Like a tiny adult.

Or Pietas.

Luc went down on one knee. "You're afraid." He stroked the mass of curly hair away from the boy's tear-soaked face. "It's okay. I promise, I won't let anyone hurt you."

Hiccupping, the boy reached up to him.

Back to awkward.


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Bro, Antonello Brothers Series Prequel

Bro, Antonello Brothers Series Prequel by Kayelle Allen #SciFi

 

The new
Thieves' Guild
technology
might make him
invisible,
but it can't
shield him from
the truth...

The Antonello Brothers Series
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Excerpt from Bro

The prequel to the Antonello Brothers Science Fiction Romance series, Bro is Sci Fi from the sweeter side of the galaxy.
When you can make yourself invisible, you reveal invisible truth...


Bro, the Antonello Brothers Prequel by Kayelle Allen

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Senth Antonello had attended classes at the Thieves' Guild Academy every day since he was what? Three? Yet the looming entrance to the exclusive Advanced Level access that he'd more than earned stood empty, while he skulked in the shadows like he hadn't.

Plunging through that door always felt like he was flying into a beehive while sporting hornet wings.

Enough of this.

He ought to zip up there and let idBot scan him.

He took two decisive steps forward, then pivoted and took five steps back.

"Come on, Senth," he berated himself. "Go for it. Now." He turned around and faced the entrance. "This time will be different. You can do this. Just go in there."

But did he?

No.

And why was that?

Because there were times being the best got you nothing but hated and looking like a kid got you nothing but disrespect. Being the adopted son of a former grand master had distinct perks, true. It got him in ahead of others, but then that was part of the problem, wasn't it?

Daddy had clout. Daddy belonged. People feared Daddy, for good reason.

Nobody feared a clawless halfbreed who looked twelve when he was eighteen.

"I will do this. The time to act is now." He stepped up and let the automated idBot system scan him.

"Welcome, Blue Shadow," idBot's smooth robotic voice cooed. "Cleared for Advanced Level." The door unsealed.

Why couldn't people treat him like that machine? Senth released the tension in his shoulders, and rolled his head to soothe his neck.

Maybe today would be different.

Maybe undergrads would respect him for his level.

Maybe his dad would ask him how he was doing instead of going behind his back to the Grand Master.

Maybe nobody'd meow when he entered the room.

Maybe nobody'd go, "Here, kitty, kitty!"

Oh, and maybe the Empress would eliminate taxes, and while she was at it, free all the slaves. Because, sure. That could happen.

Inside, down the first hallway, monolithic carved wooden doors of the Great Hall stood open. The pickup line for upgraded cloaks wound down the stairs and then back and forth across the cavernous hall like one of those rides at Planet Fun.

Voices. Noise. Din. A hive of thieves anxious to score.

No sound suppression in the empire could mute the hum careening off these stone walls. Not today. Not with the first cloak upgrade in ten years minutes from release.

He took one last, sole-dragging step, entered the hall, and made straight for the grand staircase.

The entire queue of lower-level thieves craned their necks at whoever had entered. Their low buzz faded from front to back, and what do you know? Right on cue, a chorus of meows rose from the anonymous safety of the back row.

Senth halted and snapped his head in that direction, but the sound cut off.

No one in view so much as cracked a smile.

He tossed them a lazy salute and turned back toward the stairs. The conversational drone kicked right back in. After all, no one important had entered. Just the halfbreed.

Where to buy Bro

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Prequel to the Antonello Brothers Series

Meet the Bro Characters

Senth Antonello: Fun-loving. Half-human half-feline humanoid. Professional thief. What determines whether Senth can open a lock? One thing: If it's in reach.

Khyff Antonello: Hope-less. Human. Professional pleasure-giver caught in a soul-crushing predicament. What drives him? His freedom, just out of reach -- and the desire for revenge on the one responsible for his slavery; the brother he thought died at birth.

Luc Saint-Cyr: Power-magnet. Human-ish. Adoptive father of Senth. The empire calls him The Man, ruler of a thousand questionable ventures with enough power and wealth to buy a planet. What Luc wants? To protect the only person he's ever considered family.

Once these brothers meet, the Tarthian Empire will never be the same. Neither will the man who brings them together.

Bro has adult themes but NO graphic or explicit content.


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At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, Antonello Brothers 1 by Kayelle Allen #SciFi #Romance

 

When a playful half-cat thief
meets an enhanced-human
by-the-book captain,
do opposites attract?
Oh, mercy!

The Antonello Brothers Series
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On the verge of freeing his brother from a cruel master, Senth, an all party-fun-and-games thief, must take on the hardest assignment of his life: stealing from the Empress.

To make matters worse, he has no choice about working with a by-the-book rebel captain, a genetically advanced woman whose addictive pheromones could enhance his mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.

When the unthinkable happens and the Empress kidnaps his brother, Senth must put aside his love of play and buckle down or his brother will end up with a far worse master, Senth will be guilty of treason, and he'll lose the love of his life -- forever.

When a playful half-cat thief meets an enhanced-human by-the-book captain, do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!

Excerpt from At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

A hovercar and driver met them at the curb, and the smooth trip along Conqueror's March Boulevard brought them down through Tarth City Park, past the massive Destine Pietan Stadium, and into the Imperial Business District. They drove into the shadow of the Nizamrak Building, which rose above the city like a dark sentinel.

Senth craned his neck looking up as the car passed it, and then sat back, scowling.

Broxus put down his reader. "Problem?"

Brushing off his cloak, Senth shook his head.

NarrAy observed the interchange without comment, recalling that Senth's daddy dearest owned the building.

Once they reached the Royal District, the car pulled up to the front of the luxurious Royal Arms Hotel. Shaped like a giant arrow being driven into the ground, it displayed Tyran engineering at its finest. Like their suite on the ship, the empire-class suite at the top sported a common living area and four bedrooms with private baths.

NarrAy's corner room had a breathtaking view of vast Tarth City, showcase of the empire. Impossibly tall spires drove through the clouds. Steady shuttle traffic climbed into the sky to the west, near the starport. The wide swath of Tarth City Park divided the metropolis in half all the way to the horizon, and the Cyr de Typhin River meandered through the center, its bright blue water glinting in the sun.

She directed her bagbot to its place against the wall. While it deployed into closet mode, she went back to the common area and waited in a wingback chair for the others.

A few minutes later, a sock-footed Senth went sliding past her on the dark wood floor. Arms out for balance and holding a shoe in each hand, he slammed up against the wall and laughed.

He tossed the shoes on the floor and shoved his feet into them before launching himself across the back of the burgundy leather sofa. And kept going, sliding right off its slick surface and onto the floor.

Senth jumped to his feet and dusted himself off, noticed her, and turned bright red. "I...um...I was getting..." He gestured toward his room and hit the large glass lamp next to him. Senth made a grab for it, righted the shade, and set the lamp back on the table. He stepped back and stumbled over a potted palm. He danced sideways, tripping over his own feet.

Brox entered, and Senth ran right into him. Brox steadied him.

"Sorry!" Senth jerked back.

NarrAy chewed the inside of her cheek, fighting not to laugh.

Her security lieutenant brushed himself off. "You don't have much Kin blood, do you?"

"What?" Senth flipped back his long hair. "I'm half Kin."

Brox rubbed his chin. "Most Kin are more -- graceful."

A flush of color darkened Senth's cheeks.

NarrAy covered her mouth, all but choking.

Encie popped into the room, a weapon out as she checked it. "Everybody ready?"

"I'll get my cloak." Senth fled toward his room.

Where to buy At the Mercy

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure is available exclusively on Amazon and is free on Kindle Unlimited.

On the verge of freeing his brother from a cruel master, Senth, an all party-fun-and-games thief, must take on the hardest assignment of his life: stealing from the Empress. To make matters worse, he has no choice about working with a by-the-book rebel captain, a genetically advanced woman whose addictive pheromones could enhance his mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss. When the unthinkable happens and the Empress kidnaps his brother, Senth must put aside his love of play and buckle down or his brother will end up with a far worse master, Senth will be guilty of treason, and he'll lose the love of his life -- forever.
When a playful half-cat thief meets an enhanced-human by-the-book captain, do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!

Universal buy link https://books2read.com/u/m2o9P1


The content on this page may use referral links for which I am compensated. The links do not result in a higher price for you. Because of promotions or relationships, these links might provide savings. Read about our cookies, our full disclosure policy and simple privacy policy under the Nuts N Bolts menu. A printable list of books can be found under the Homeworld menu on Kayelle Allen Books & Bio. Thank you for visiting my site!
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