Edge of Nowhere (Nowhere, Book 1)
Kit Jackson has two talents in life. He can navigate the void known as the Nowhere to teleport himself across long distances and he can keep his mouth shut. These talents have earned him a reputation as a discreet, reliable Nowhere runner—he’ll smuggle anything for the right price—and that’s how Kit likes it. Morals don’t earn money, and neither do friends. When the private research firm Quint Services makes Kit an astounding offer for a mystery delivery, he says yes.
The parcel turns out to be an unconscious man, and even for Kit, that raises questions. When something monstrous attacks them in the Nowhere and throws them into an unknown wilderness, Kit and this stranger, a man named Emil, have to rely on each other. Kit just wants to make his delivery and get paid, but he finds himself increasingly entangled in Quint Services’ dangerous research—and his own attraction to Emil.
Emil Singh left his career in the Orbit Guard to work at Quint Services Facility 17, a base hidden in an asteroid, to prepare a team to cross the Nowhere into other worlds. It’s the chance of a lifetime and he can’t wait to explore the universe. But then Emil witnesses a terrible accident in a Facility 17 lab and gets sent to Earth for questioning. Something isn’t right, but before Emil can investigate, he and the Nowhere runner hired to transport him are knocked off course. Is the monster that attacks them a creation of Quint Services? What else is the corporation hiding? He has to get back to Facility 17 to protect his team and he needs Kit’s help. Can he trust the cynical young smuggler?
CONTENT WARNINGS AND TAGS
Warnings: This book has explicit sex scenes in it, and there's a scene where two characters accidentally get high and almost have sex. A main character is an orphan, and there are a few references to abuse by bad foster parents in that character's past. There are mentions of starvation (as part of a horrific science experiment). There is also a scientist/research-subject sexual relationship, which is portrayed as unethical, between two supporting characters. There is also some discussion of prejudice (against people who can teleport, mostly, but there are a few references to real-world prejudices against characters who are not white, not straight, and not cis).
Tags: sex pollen, accidentally high, trapped in a closet, huddling for warmth, pining, friendship, found families, goofy made-up sports, goofy made-up physics, sinister corporations, teleportation, space