Excerpt -“Come, wife, we have miles to cover before our noon meal. Best get to your feet and seek out your breakfast before they put out the fires.”
I scrambled awkwardly out of the tent behind him. All the aches from the night before had stiffened to dull pain during the night. A bitter blast of air whipped the loose hair of my ruined braid into my face and pressed frozen hands against my back. The wind howled in my ears, momentarily blinding me and stealing my breath.
“Here, I forgot to give this to you yesterday.” A heavy cloak settled over my shoulders, blocking out the assailing wind. He fastened the ornate clasp beneath my chin. “It will help you stay warm until I can warm you again tonight.” He spoke slightly louder than necessary.
My cheeks burned despite the chill.
Then before I could protest, he smoothed my hair back from my face, effectively trapping my head between his large hands. “Don’t freeze up, Bri.” His obsidian eyes scanned my face, fire in their depths. “Remember our agreement about showing affection.” Then he kissed me.
The firm pressure of his mouth on mine brought unexpected heat in contrast to the frigid air around us. Then he tilted his head and deepened the kiss. Liquid fire filled me from head to toe. My knees threatened to give way and leave me hanging from his hands by my head. I grasped the front of his tunic out of pure self-preservation.
He drew away.
Leaning his forehead against mine with his eyes closed, he simply breathed for a moment. My blood pulsed. My mind frantically went everywhere and nowhere at once.
Duty to King
Tomas Dyrease, the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good fortune to his king and the recent civil war. When his benefactor demands Tomas marry the cousin of a noble, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she wasn’t a typical noblewoman.
Duty to Others
Brielle Solarius struggles to keep her village from starvation under the new Lord Wisten, her cousin. The men rode off to war and never returned. The remaining women and children face a dire winter if they do not find a solution soon. When she learns her cousin sold her into marriage to save his life, she isn’t surprised. However, she is taken aback by Lord Irvaine’s unpolished ways. Was this man a noble or a foot soldier?
Duty to Each Other
Bound by the words of their vows, they face a rough future. They must forge a marriage while battling betrayal, accusations of treason, and villains from the past. Survival depends on their precarious trust in each other. Failure could mean death.
Genre – Fantasy, Romance
Rating – G