Anticipated Angel by Laura Navarre
On an alien world that crucifies men for prohibited desires, two boyhood best friends risk the ultimate punishment to explore a forbidden passion.
Nero: Dex Draven’s the most intimidating guy at our intergalactic next-gen leaders’ camp. And his psycho galactic tyrant of a dad has a crucifixion obsession. Our two races are deadly enemies, but Dex was my boyhood best friend. Suddenly he’s all grown up—and suddenly he can’t stop staring at me. I don’t know whether to be afraid that it’s all a figment of my telepathic imagination…or that every dangerous desire we’re forbidden to acknowledge is real.
Dex: I’m one combat-to-the-death away from the imperial command I’m determined to achieve. All I need to do is keep my junk in my pants. Besides, Ben Nero’s the most gorgeous, most maddeningly unattainable, most sought-after guy at camp. There’s no way he’d ever look twice at a buttoned-tight, hyper-competitive, compulsive overachiever like me.
Until the night I blunder in on Nero in the shower. Which is a total catastrophic mistake. Because letting Nero in close, the way I’m burning to do, means risking the ultimate punishment.
For both of us.
Anticipated Angel is a friends-to-lovers, first-time M/M New Adult sci fi novella and the cliffhanger prequel to the published Astral Heat Romance Series.