Bittersweet Rivals by J. J. Lore
Published by Siren/Bookstrand
15 February 2017
Paleologists Breon and Dhavi have known each other since university days, but their former friendship has decayed into professional rivalry. When they both arrive on a forbidding, uninhabited planet to look for fossils, past resentments boil hot enough to melt the glaciers surrounding them. But their isolation, and the savage environment they have to battle, forces them to cooperate, and they might just discover how nice it is to have someone at your back—and in your bed.
Dhavi is on his way to getting the professional respect he knows he deserves. He’s landed a corporate sponsorship to be the first paleologist to prospect on a faraway planet, and finding a spectacular fossil there will set him up for life. But when he discovers his worst rival, and former friend, is also going to be there, years of resentment ignite his temper.
Breon is shocked to learn he’s sharing equipment with his old study partner on this important expedition, and he’s worried that the enmity between them will sabotage any potential discoveries they might make. Resolving to make the best of it, he tries to cooperate, but savage creatures, dangerous weather, and geologic hazards all conspire to make the fieldwork every bit as perilous as trying to ignore the attraction to Dhavi.
With the frosty ground shaking under their feet, Dhavi and Breon have to save each other, and in the process, heat up a shared sleeping bag. But when it comes time to return with their findings, those old hurts flare to life, sending them on their separate ways.
There’s one last chance for them at the exhibit opening, but are either of them brave enough to risk their hearts again?
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