Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.
Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret, and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red-haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.
Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?
Today we’re talking to Cat Kincaid from “Beloved Enemy, Volume 3 of the Destiny Trilogy,” a SciFi Romance by Hywela Lyn. Let’s get started. I’m sure our readers are eager to learn more about you.
What is your relationship status?
I’m in a ‘committed relationship’ with my soulmate. We’ve been together a while now and he still makes my heart flutter every time he looks at me with that special smile he has.
Name three of your favorite things.
1. Apart from Kerry you mean? Well there’s Shifter. He’s an animal rather than a thing though – and a very intelligent one. He has the ability to merge into the background – a bit like a chameleon on Earth, although he’s really more like a big cat, which is why I call him a ‘chameleopard’. Kerry always refers to him as a ‘wolf’. That used to annoy me but I find it quite amusing now. I guess you could say I ‘rescued’ Shifter. I fought the man who bred him to fight. I hate that sort of thing. I made that lowlife give him up to me. Shifter may be an animal, but he’s also my friend, and was my sole companion – and protector - for a long time.
2. As a qualified starship pilot, I love that I can pilot a ship travelling in space and visit new planets, and the times when Kerry and I are at the controls of the Destiny, together, are very special.
3. My third favourite thing – being a member of the Destiny’s crew. As I said, I was alone for a long time and thought of myself as a ‘loner’. The other members of the crew are the nearest thing I have to a family now, and I hadn’t realized how much that would mean to me.
What are you most afraid of?
Snakes. I’m not sure why but they make me shudder. I’d do anything to avoid contact with the creatures. I’ve fought some strange and monstrous creatures, and I actually like most animal lifeforms but snakes – urgh! Cat gives a little shiver and bites her lip as if remembering something.
What was your first impression of Kerry?
Apart from the fact he was amazingly good looking? I thought he was arrogant, ruthless, sarcastic and a heartless killer. (You’re right, I didn’t like him – but I didn’t know him very well then.)
If you could go back in time, what one thing would you change in your life?
I would not have become involved with a certain Dorian Krell. I met him when I was young and gullible and his actions caused me to become a fugitive, hunted down by the very regime I ended up working for. He had a lot to answer for.
Do you see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
If I’m honest, I’d have to say shades of gray. While I have very strong ideas of what is right and wrong, I have learned that things are not always as straightforward as they seem, and sometimes one has to change one’s preconceived notions. I won’t go into details here, but when I first met Kerry I had to completely re-think my single minded determination to bring about what I saw as ‘justice’, and which I know now would have been wrong on so many counts. I give thanks every day that I had a change of heart. There are always times when the edges are blurred and sometimes one has to just do the thing that seems right even if it seems to go against what you’ve always believed.
Do you care about what others assume about you?
It really depends on who they are. I care very much what people I respect or care about think about me. It doesn’t really bother me what casual acquaintances think.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
My mother. We were very close. She died a long time ago, and I would welcome the chance to speak to her again, there are things I’d like to ask her.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most NOT want it to be, and why?
My father. He left my mother with two young daughters and I’ve never forgiven him. I believe he made my sister very bitter and divided our family.
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
Oh, head me to the nearest pleasure planet – with my beloved Kerry of course! On second thoughts, make that a deserted paradise planet, with a warm tropical earth type climate, where he and I can relax for the whole day and enjoy being together—alone! Cat grins conspiratorially.
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