"When I touched the gate, I saw my red thread of destiny. I believe the Source led me across the stars to you. My cridhe."
After my old life burns to ash, I make the wild decision to buy a coastal farm intending to convert it into a Tolkien-inspired bed-and-breakfast. The ramshackle buildings, overgrowth, and daunting hard work are all things I expected. What I didn't expect was to stumble across an enormous washed-up wall of muscle on my beach. Thorn isn't human. He's an orc from across the universe who speaks with a Scottish accent, wears a kilt, and is dead set on making me his mate.
But I've got more important things to take care of, like completing the renovations on time and keeping a nosy FBI agent at bay. Thorn stays, he helps me, protects me, and shows me heartbreaking patience. Thawing my heart even as he heats my blood. I want him, badly, but I'm too broken. And the last thing I want to do is break his heart of gold.
A dream sets me on a path far from my homeworld of Talam, to a broken gate that awakens at my touch. Drawn forward by fate, I travel through the gate and across the stars. I wake on a strange planet called Earth with the lovely human female from my dream draped atop me. Ruth is my cridhe, my soul-bound mate. But how am I to woo her when we look so starkly different? When her world is beyond my wildest imaginings? When it is so obvious that males in the past have hurt her terribly and still seek to do so?
To stay by her side, I make a wild gamble to help her realize her dream. In exchange, I'll get to live with her, be near her, and protect her. Even if she never accepts me as her cridhe. It would have to be enough. But it's a fool's promise because I know in my soul that I could never get enough of her.
Originally a short story included in the Big Feels Monster Romance Anthology.
Word Count: 65,000
Date Published: June 1, 2022
Genres: Monster Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Fantasy Romance, Epic Fantasy, Portal Fantasy
I have sought to be thorough in identifying potential triggers, both explicit and mentioned, including kinks and mental health awareness. This is for the comfortability of readers who are sensitive to triggering content and because I believe in the informed consent of my readers. If you find any mentions of triggering content that I have not included, email me at email@example.com so I can address it within reason.
Please note that chapter titles marked with an * mean there are explicit scenes. I’ve included mentions of triggering content below, though they are not specially marked in the chapter titles. Some triggers are generalized throughout the book and aren’t specifically identified in the chapter breakdowns (i.e. misogyny). I do not write rape scenes. However, characters have that as part of their backstory and there are questionable consent moments (immediately stopped, addressed, and resolved).
List of General Triggers: Misogyny, Extinction, Gaslighting, Societally Expected Pregnancy
List of Explicit Triggers: Drowning, Stalking, General Violence & Assault, Gun Violence, Fire, Pregnancy, Harassment, Questionable Consent (immediately stopped, addressed, and resolved) List of Mentioned Triggers: Mentioned Sexual Assault, Mentioned Abortion, Mentioned Family Loss, Mention of FBI Violence, Mentioned Drug Use
List of Kinks: Praise, Knotting, Choking, Pleasure Dom, Breeding, Exhibition, Primal, Bloodplay, Marking, Tandem Masturbation
List of Mental Health Awareness: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks