Shifting Sides by Danielle Forrest
What would you sacrifice?
A “hotshot” spaceship pilot in a group of settlers, Emma is not well liked. Seen as about as useful as tits on a bull, she’s determined to prove them wrong, driving herself to exhaustion that first day. But the next morning, she wakes up devastated, all their hard work in ruins.
Beeyun watches the intruders from the shadows, wanting them to leave his planet. Each time they disappear into the metal beast, he tears apart their efforts with his claws. He wants drive them away, but even with nature aiding him, they push on in their endeavors.
As the settlement experiences setback after setback, Emma notices a darker current running through the group. Tempers are raised, fights break out, and people keep whispering about “The Beast.” Then they turn on her, and she’s rescued by the very creature that’s plagued them from day one.
Emma is immediately drawn to her savior and feels connected in a way she never has before. She dreams of a life here, but she can’t turn her back on her fellow humans for long. When a new threat arises, she must make an impossible choice: leave the only place she’s ever felt at home or save the very people who wanted her dead.