Laura D. Bastian
genres: YA sci-fi romance, YA fantasy, contemporary romance
Eye on Orion
Eye on Orion trilogy
Falling in love with your gorgeous new neighbor isn't a bad thing, but when he turns out to be the bodyguard of a princess from a planet nine billion light-years away, life gets complicated.
Seventeen-year-old stargazer Holly Adams never imagined she’d find herself trying to prevent the overthrow of an alien government. When Jai and his sister Amira move into the house down the street, Holly is immediately drawn to them. Jai acts suspicious of her from the start, making Holly more curious about their oddities. When Holly learns they are from a different planet, she does what she can to help protect Amira from Shander, a man who wants to marry her by force in order to take over the kingdom her father rules.
Mistaken identity, a botched kidnapping, and a first kiss that bonds Holly and Jai for life are hard enough, but when Shander believes Holly to be the princess, things get even more dangerous.
Eye on Orion trilogy
Amira traveled across the universe to avoid an arranged marriage only to find herself forced into another upon her return hours before her father’s death. As his only heir she should have ruled Rommader uncontested but discovers he's signed an unbreakable marriage contract and finds herself a new bride. While she might be forced to work with Marcus, she refuses to be his wife in any way other than name.
As they deal with assassination attempts, visiting dignitaries from other planets leveraging for political gain, and the discovery of unlimited teleportation, her feelings for her husband soften. Marcus proves himself a competent king and kind man, and her admiration for her husband grows stronger, but she refuses to allow herself to fall in love.
An unknown foe tries to steal the formula for unlimited travel, giving them the potential power to conquer the universe. Amira and Marcus must work together to stop the thief, but when King Marcus is abducted, Amira may be forced to choose between her husband and her crown.
Heart of Orion
Eye on Orion trilogy
Holly discovers she can teleport anywhere with only a thought. When Jai is injured, she is forced to take him back to Rommader for neither of them will survive the breaking of their soul bond. Upon arrival, they learn Queen Amira has been kidnapped.
On a ship traveling across the universe, Amira is forced to develop a formula for an amulet with unlimited traveling power--or her captors will murder her husband. Unwilling to let her enemies have that much power, Amira must devise a plan to escape while pretending to cooperate, but in order to do so, she realizes she must make an amulet.
Can Holly find a way to save her, or will Amira figure out the formula and make it home on her own without being lost in the cold, dark heart of the universe?
Burden of Blood
Kaylee's a Blue Blood, cursed with two lives and special powers the king would pay handsomely to own. Asher's a bounty hunter for the king and learns the king's been experimenting on his Blue Bloods. When Kaylee's taken from Asher and delivered to a former Blue Blood with a vendetta against the tyrant king, Kaylee and Asher join forces with this new ruler to put an end to the king’s madness. Will she be able to accept the burden that comes with her magic and save the kingdom she’s always feared?
Guardians of the Gates
Gates of Atlantis series
Thirteen-year-old merman Exander wants to leave Atlantis to mingle with the humans and explore the world above. Talia, his best friend, wishes she was a guardian of a gate leading to the surface. She'd keep those nasty humans out of her beloved city of Atlantis. When Talia accidentally short circuits a gate, Exander is trapped on the wrong side, getting a crash course in navigating the human world. As Talia fights to help Exander come home, she learns someone is closing the other gates, and it’s destroying the magic of Atlantis. If they can’t convince the magical creatures of the world to save the gates, the destruction of Atlantis will only be the beginning.
Echoes of Summer
Seasons of Love series
When her former boyfriend shows up eight years later, Madison isn’t sure if she’s more relieved or angry he doesn’t recognize her. Especially since she’s forced to work with him for a few months and he has no clue she kept such a huge secret from him.
When Stephen finally realizes Madison is the same girl he knew as Bea from his grandparents’ town, he’s excited to catch up and reminisce about those summers — but she seems cold and wants nothing to do with him.
The truth comes out and he learns he’s the father of a seven-year-old son, throwing him into completely unfamiliar territory as he tries to develop a relationship with his child and attempts to rekindle the romance he’d once shared with Bea.
Can they each overcome their sense of betrayal and learn to be united for the sake of their son, and perhaps find love again?
Seasons of Love series
Carrie Winters is happy with her job and content with her life as it is. When a minor car accident gets her tangled up with Bryce Thomson, she never would have guessed he’d turn out to be a client. Or that he would be the overbearing kind of guy she always wanted to avoid.
Bryce Thomson is cynical and thinks the younger generation is in need of help, but he discovers the girl he’d pegged as superficial is so much more than a first impression. He offers Carrie a job as an assistant in running his outreach program. While Bryce thinks he’s in complete control of things, Carrie shows him a new side of life and helps him let go of past heartbreak making him wonder if it’s okay to love again.
When Carrie’s brother is in trouble and needs Bryce’s help, can she let go of her pride and allow Bryce into her life?
The Way It Should Be
It’s been ten years since Kennedy left Jeremy for a humanitarian position in another country, and she’s regretted losing him ever since. When she returns to her hometown for Thanksgiving to spend time with her newly widowed mother, she’s surprised to see Jeremy there without his wife.
Only less than a year since Jeremy's divorce and he’s not ready for the sudden appearance of the girl who broke his heart right out of college. At first he does his best to avoid her, but the more time they spend together, the more he remembers how good they were for each other.
Can they learn to forgive each other and give themselves a chance?
Never Trust the Rain
When Ami goes to help her sister with a new baby in Scotland, she never imagined she’d fall for the Hot Scot that rescues her from the airport when the baby comes a few weeks early.
Duncan’s always been willing to help his American co-worker adjust to life in Edinburgh, but when he’s sent to retrieve the guy’s sister-in-law from the airport, he didn’t expect to want to spend more time with her than just the short drive.
As Duncan shows Ami around Scotland, their feelings grow, but can either of them agree to give up the life they know for the chance of a life together?
Sink or Swim
Shelly can’t believe she’s fallen for another cheater. The last few weeks swimming at the pool next to Brandon had almost convinced her she could get over her ex-fiancé and date again. When she sees him with another woman she knows she's made a huge mistake.
Brandon is excited to be back home with a career that can finally hold a candle to his twin brother’s success. But when Shelly suddenly turns cold, Brandon must figure out why. Can he convince her to give him a chance since he realizes she is the one thing missing in his new life?