Lexi C. Foss and Anna Edwards have created a deeply immersive dark world with fascinating characters, intense intrigue, and super hot chemistry between the hero and heroine in this follow up to Happily Ever Crowned. Grigory is a super hot, drool worthy hero who you will not hesitate to add to your book boyfriend list. Zaya is strong-willed and able to kick serious ass when the occasion calls for it. There are twists and turns in the story that will have you on the edge of your seat, and you will not be able to put this one down! It's possible to read this one without having read Happily Ever Crowned before, but you will get some backstory about the characters and world if you read that one first.
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It was so fucking hot. She'd lost herself completely to the moment, her legs winding around my waist and urging me forward. I didn't deny her, instead driving myself into her on a single thrust that stole both our breaths.
"Yes," she replied. "Now." My body moved as if she possessed me with those words, her internal moans urging me onward into a pace that would bruise us both. She responded by biting me again, causing me to growl. It fucking hurt. Yet her tongue soothed mine with each stroke, and that feeling of her throat bobbing with every swallow had me hypnotized.
"Grigory," I moaned, writhing beneath his mouth and crying out as he added a second finger to his thrusts. It provided just enough pleasure and pain to shoot me over the edge into oblivion, my vision blinking out for a span of seconds as bliss overwhelmed every inch of my being.
My designation. A plague. An essential death sentence in the Underworld. Until I met him.
A Noxia Prince.
He's arrogant, a playboy, and the male who saved my life. Except he never gave me a choice, his blood tying me to him for an eternity of servitude. And I'm not sure I want to pay that price.
An unspeakable past.
Monsters haunt my nightmares. Most of them dead. But a few are still alive, and so I'll hunt them. Torture them. Slay them all. Even if it brings about an early demise.
A courtship signed in blood.
One bite sealed my fate.
But someone is playing a dangerous game, and she'll stop at nothing to see me destroyed.
Life is a journey to death.
Sometimes the only way to truly live is to die.
But I'm not going down without a fight.
Note: This is a standalone paranormal tale featuring darker themes, and ends in a happily ever after.
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I circled her throat with my palm. "You attacked a guest of my court," I said slowly. "I have to punish you, Zay."
"I thought... I thought he..." She swallowed. "I recognized his scent."
I sighed. "Zay, that's not a reason to attack a man in front of everyone. I've taught you better than that."
Her eyes took on a faraway gleam. "I wasn't thinking."
"No, you weren't," I agreed, my thumb circling her pulse. "Look, I'll talk to Yakariah and see if I can work something out between all of us. But I need you to stay here, okay? If my mother catches you before I can solve this, she's going to flog you in front of the court."
It wasn't an empty threat. My mother still ruled the kingdom, and she wouldn't care about my blood bond to Zaya. A guest had been wrongfully threatened. The Queen of Noxia would punish accordingly unless I somehow convinced her I'd already handled it.
"Okay," Zaya whispered, her spirit seeming to shatter with that single word. "I won't go anywhere."
"Promise?" I asked, needing to be sure.
She nodded. "Yes."
I brushed a kiss against the corner of her mouth. "Thank you." My lips hovered near hers for a fraction longer than they should have. I wanted to really taste her. To know her intimately. To tighten my grip around her neck and f*cking devour her.
No. My spine went rigid with restraint as I forced myself to release her throat and take a step back. Save it for her dreams, I told myself, my heart skipping a beat in my chest.
Not trusting myself to utter another word to her, I left my suite.