Zander and Felix return today in the second book in the Chaos Station series, Lonely Shore, by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen.
Book two of Chaos Station
All they can do is live day to day…
Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos’s engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. Hope means something again. But there’s nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander’s veins, or his imminent mental decline. With each passing day, the side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore.
When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge—including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos’s crew—Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms, nor does he want to. But hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare—when it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. Even if that means trusting the unknown.
As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. And though he tries to be strong, he can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander…forever this time.
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“Felix, I’m fine. I’m going to be fine.”
Rather than give voice to his gut feelings on that, Felix bit his lips.
Zed sighed and flopped onto his back. “I don’t want to fight with you,” he said, rubbing at his temple. A second later, his broad hand spread across his eyes, as if the striplight was still too bright.
Guilt slashed through Felix’s chest. Zed had just recovered from another head-splitting migraine, but he still probably hurt. And, likely, he was right. If he hadn’t attended the meeting with Elias, the consequences might have been more dire.
Felix forced air from his lungs in a long sigh. He breathed in, and exhaled again. Then he reached over and clasped Zed’s hand, the one covering his face. “This is what we missed out on last time.”
Zed rolled his head back to face him. “Hmm?”
Felix produced a half smile, the tug of it not quite comfortable, but somehow necessary. He squeezed Zed’s fingers. “We’ve never been together long enough to fight.”
“You punched me before the first hour was up last time.”
Felix flapped his bad hand. “You were being a thinky ass, that was different.”
“Not sure I see how.”
“We were younger then.” Less messed up. Less scarred. “Zed…” Felix worked to thrust his worry into one of his mental boxes. He’d wait until Zed didn’t have a headache. Until he had a good day, then he’d ask again. Make him understand that if anything happened to him, he’d be leaving a lot more than a pile of dead cartel members behind. “Galaxy was a different place nine years ago,” he murmured.
Zed caught his gaze and held it, and between them, their shared history unraveled. Silently, meaningfully. The near misses of their long relationship, the translation from friends to lovers. The war. Felix being declared MIA only six months in, KIA shortly after that. Zed’s involvement in the AEF’s most desperate bid. And now this—what they’d always wanted, finally handed over with a big fucking codicil.
Jenn and Kelly met in 2009 through a mutual infatuation with a man who wasn’t real. After all but crashing the video game’s forums with daily dissection of their obsession, they started writing together, discovered they really liked writing together and began plotting stories in worlds of their own creation.
The CHAOS STATION series aren’t the first books they’ve written together, and they’re pretty sure they won’t be the last. As long as their so-called smartphones keep making autocorrects that trigger brainstorming sessions, they’ll have enough character ideas and plots to keep them writing for years to come.