The Red King
by Kate Hill
Erotic Fantasy Romance
Available July 01, 2015
Torn from her beloved convent home, Delia is forced to marry Areus of Lortia. The contract states she must deliver an heir within a year or the marriage can be annulled. Delia vows to control her fate by ensuring there will be no child–until she is mesmerized by Areus, the proud, virile warrior king.
Areus agrees to marry Delia to gain her father’s army to continue his fight against Hypatios, the mad prince of Zaltana. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with a convent-reared mouse, but from the first, Delia rouses his lust and touches his heart.
Their life together hangs in the balance as the war with Zaltana advances and Areus discovers Hypatios is far more than just his sworn enemy.
No sooner had Urion stepped back than Areus slammed the door shut.
He remained with his back to Delia from a moment, his head lowered and his palms flat against the door. He drew a deep enough breath that even from the bed she saw his back expand and contract as he released it slowly.
“Are you–” she ventured. “Are you well?”
“Yes.” He turned to her. “Just tired, as I said. Between the skirmish and traveling here I haven’t slept in a couple of days.”
Maybe he was too tired to copulate. Part of her was relieved while another part wanted to get the whole thing over with.
He removed the circlet from his head and placed it on Delia’s dressing table, then he sat on a stool in the corner of the room and removed his boots. When he finished, he remained seated, but his gaze drifted to Delia.
Though not handsome, he was remarkably attractive and such a commanding presence. If she was the sort of woman to be easily frightened, he might have intimidated her, but Delia hadn’t taken after her mother. She refused to be intimidated by any man.
“You must be glad to get out of the convent,” he ventured. “I imagine it’s boring there.”
His words made her bristle. “On the contrary, we’re seldom bored at the convent. There’s always work to be done.”
He raised an eyebrow, his expression skeptical, angering her even more.
“The convent is my home and I miss it very much,” she said.
Areus tilted his head slightly and his brow furrowed. She didn’t like how he looked at her, as if she was some strange animal he was deciding whether to capture or kill.
“Are you coming to bed?” she asked bluntly. “We should probably get on with this.”
A faint smile tugged at his lips. “Eager, are you? You don’t look it.”
From the stories she’d heard, Delia had expected him to have pounced on her already. This anticipation, the not knowing what it would feel like to be claimed by a man, was becoming unbearable.
“It’s expected, is it not?” she asked.
“For you to not look eager?”
“For us to consummate the marriage.”
“I sent the audience away so we can do it in our own time. If you’re worried about securing an heir, we do have a year.”
“That’s your concern, not mine,” she snapped, holding the sheet tighter to her neck.
“It’s everyone’s concern. I need an heir and your father needs me to protect his kingdom. We have the same goals, you and I, or at least we should.”
“Then do it.” Delia glared, pushing aside the bedcovers. She lay on her back, shivering in the chill of the room, as the fire had yet to warm it.
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Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family and pets.
She enjoys hearing from readers and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kate also writes under the name Saloni Quinby. Find her online at http://www.kate-hill.com, http://www.twitter.com/katehillromance, and http://www.facebook.com/katehillsaloniquinby.
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