Until Midnight is a short story that bridges the gap between Alienated and Invaded. It was a free download from Barnes & Noble, so of course I had to pick it up.
Cara and Aelyx spend their last day together on a transport ship before he has to return to Earth to repair human/alien relations. The humans are still leery of the aliens after some of their crops mysteriously started dying and the aliens are more than resentful for the loss of one of their exchange students. Aelyx has his work cut out for him if he is going to be able to return to Cara on L'eihr.
To spice up this short story, it takes place just prior to Christmas. To make it a special occasion for Cara, Aelyx researches ALL of the Christmas traditions and tries to recreate them on the ship. Of course, resources are limited so he does the best he can. I literally laughed out loud a few times during the Christmas festivities. My husband's family is from Belgium/Germany, so I could appreciate some of the European traditions Aelyx discovered, but Cara was more than confused by a few of them. She did appreciate his thoughtfulness and tries to come up with an equally meaningful gift for Aelyx.
This was a very entertaining story and a great refresher since it has been a little while since I finished reading Alienated.. It was nice to return to the Alienated world and I can't wait to start reading Invaded. I was equally excited to discover there will be a third book in this series. United is scheduled to be released in August 2016 and will be the conclusion of this series.