Reign of Light
Genre: Fantasy – Supernatural – Paranormal - Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Date of Publication: May 27th 2014
Word Count: 64,400
For a pirate, nothing is forbidden...except love. To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.
BY HONOR ALONE
A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he's saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke's daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.
But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.
With her legs apart, she placed her hands on her hips. “What are you doing outside your cabin?”
He was so close he could feel her warm flesh radiating out. Too close—and not nearly close enough. Petra scratched his face, the rough whiskers rasping against his fingers. At least the dried blood had been cleaned off his chin. He couldn’t imagine what a battered mess he looked, but he could imagine the sight he made next to the glorious captain. He trailed his gaze up the tight bodice from her hips to her face. Her skin glowed with warmth at the base of her throat where her pulse thrummed—the place he wanted to lean in and taste. His mouth watered and he swallowed hard. She looked like a delectable leather-clad sea nymph with her emerald gaze. The uneven splice of her nighthawk hair led him to believe she sheared it herself—with her cutlass. He flexed his fingers, wanting to bury them in the ebony tresses. “I came to see what the excitement was about and to drink in the fresh air.”
“You’ll be drinking in the saltwater if you don’t get below. You’re in my way.” Her voice held a casual tone of dismissal, but she didn’t move. Neither did he. He might’ve been unconscious for more than a day, but even in his injured state, his desire ran rampant. His dreams had been filled with her, and even though each breath was a painful labor, it was worth it to smell her fresh scent.
His face flexed into a wide grin. “So we’re going ashore?”
She narrowed her eyes and stared pointedly. “We are not going anywhere. My men will scout the island for anything of use; then we’ll be on our way.”
His heart hammered against his chest like a forging mallet shaping a blade. He scanned her silky arms to her shoulders and long neck. So close, her sweet breath brushed his skin.
She leaned over and trapped him against the rail. “More’s the pity your injuries hinder you. There are a few things I can think of to occupy ourselves while we wait for the landlubbers. Can you think of anything?” She laid her hand against his chest, searing the skin under his tunic.
He gasped. His throat went dry as he studied the smooth lines of her face. He could think of plenty to occupy them and none of it honorable or befitting his station. The memory of her naked body branded his mind. Without thought, his hand reached up and cupped her neck. His thumb rested against her cheek. She leaned her head into his touch. Her eyes fluttered closed, her breath falling as heavily as his. This wasn’t just about a wager. Her desire raged as his did. They both wanted, needed. The pull of her lips carried him closer like a fish caught on a line.
His mind muddled. His will crumbled. Perhaps his thirst for her could be stayed with a kiss. Just one kiss.
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Kary Rader is a stay-at-home mother of three, avid reader and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she’s drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished. And it’s the power of words that creates and destroys.
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