Sometimes the road to happily ever after is bumpy with lots of twists and turns. This month, I’m highlighting all the struggles couples face in Romanceland. Today, I am happy to share a dark moment from my new release, Claimed By The Succubus. It is available today on Amazon. In this excerpt, our heroine has just learned that our hero is not the man she thought he was. Enjoy!
She is Izeria’Ahzul, the long-lost daughter of my king. She was raised away from our people and knows nothing of her heritage. Our kind are a myth to her. She doesn’t believe we exist and there’s no way she’ll believe she’s one of us.
I am Shun’Uhl, the soldier ordered to return her to my king’s side so she can marry a royal and produce an heir to save our people. To get her to trust me, I shed my beastly form and took on the form of someone she knows. I chose unwisely. The form I’ve selected is a male she despises.
The more time I spend with her, the more she comes to like me. And though I’ve tried to resist, I find myself falling for her also. Her feelings for me will change once she learns of my deception and sees how I really look. Part of me wants to complete my mission and return her to her father. Another part of me wants to remain in this form forever and spend my life with Izeria.
I have a choice to make: be honest with the woman I love and risk losing her, or lie to her for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, the choice is made for me when we come under attack and I have to release my beast to protect her.
Now it is she who has to make a choice: Me and my beast or a kingdom?
“Who are you?”
He takes a deep breath. “I am Shun’Uhl, the king’s first soldier.”
“His most trusted friend, his right hand, the king’s weapon.”
“So, you’re a weapon?”
“When I need to be.”
Pieces of this weird puzzle is falling together. Jacob wouldn’t own a warship. Jacob wouldn’t fight gray creatures nor would he teach me how to fight like a warrior. All of those red flags that I ignored. I’m such a fool.
“And this dragon king of yours has ordered you to come and get me?”
“Because I’m the only one who can save his world?” I repeat the lies he’s been spewing to me for the last two hours while his brother and Blue monitored my vitals and drew blood from me.
“You all have yet to tell me what I have to do to save this world.”
There’s a tick in his jaw. It must be something he knows I’m not going to like.
“Our king needs allies.”
“Okay.” I shrug my shoulders. “And what does that have to do with me?”
“He will explain it to you when you arrive.”
“Or, you can tell me now.”
“I’d… rather not.”
“You owe me this truth. Especially after all the lies you’ve fed me.”
There’s that tick again.
“I didn’t want to lie to you…”
“Really? I don’t believe you.”
“You had plenty of chances to tell me the truth. Like, when you first took me from my homeworld.” I’m yelling now. I can’t help it. “Or when I helped you escape from that outpost. Or when we were first attacked by those rebels. Or maybe when you were fucking me senseless.” Tears pour down my cheeks. Moshika wipes them away. I’d almost forgotten she was there.
“Izeria, I promise I never meant to hurt you.”
“And yet you have. Just tell me how am I supposed to help save your world. Please.”
He nods. “The king needs allies.”
“You’ve said that.”
“He has no other sons and daughters, only you.”
“I’m not his daughter, but continue.”
“An alliance requires the bonding of two families.”
I don’t think I like where this is going. “Okay, and?”
“The king is going to marry you off to form an alliance.”
I don’t know what to say. This is barbaric. No one gets married to form an alliance any more. Females and males marry for love. They marry when they find mates. They marry because they choose to.
I refused to be forced into marriage. Especially to someone I don’t know, someone who doesn’t love me or respect me. I can guess who it is this king intends on marrying me off to. Not happening.
“I don’t want to marry you,” I tell him.
His jaw tightens. I can tell my words has angered him.
“Good, because I’m not the one he’s marrying you off to.”
My mouth falls open. He’s not the one. Who the hell do they expect me to marry? The tears I’ve been trying to hold in spring to my eyes.
“You mean you knew your king was going to marry me off to someone else this whole time?”
Claimed By The Succubus is available on Amazon and FREE with Kindle Unlimited. This weekend it is only 0.99 cents. Price changes Monday.
~COMING SOON: A F’d Up Fairy Tale – Into The Darkness.~
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