Here’s a sneak-peek excerpt from King of Always from Raff’s perspective. It’s not every day a girl kisses her first fae prince, and in a tower cell too…
“You know I cannot lie.”
“But I can.” She smirks. “So, if your word is true, that means I can call in the bargain we struck on Mount Cúig and make you kiss me.”
“And you would be a fool to waste your command on something I would freely give you a thousand times over.” I place her palm on my chest. “Feel the pound of my heart, the feverish heat of my skin, then look around and count the nightmares in this cell. This, sweet Isla, is not how I pictured our first kiss.” I touch her cheek, marveling at the silky texture. “I imagined a lavish feast in my chambers. A roaring fire in the hearth. Fine wine. Soft furs. I want you to feel like a princess, not a prisoner.”
“And I want warmth and comfort. And, just for a change, a zing through my blood that doesn’t come from fear or confusion. I want heat and fun. So I’m asking you to give me this now just because I want it. Let me have power over something. Take my mind off our reality, Raff. I don’t want to feel like a prisoner anymore.”
Even if I were laying here dying, I could not deny her. As her cherry lips move slowly closer, I frame her face with my palms, losing my last scrap of sanity in the inky depths of her eyes.
Chains chink between us—they may as well be fashioned from feathers. A soft palm cups my shoulder. Her lashes drop. Her mouth opens—an intake of breath. I press my lips to hers and the poison sizzles, then stops, halting its progress toward my coal-black soul.
She presses closer, her hands going to my face too. Our tortured breaths combine, panting in sync. Our mouths slide deliciously, pulses pounding, skin on fire. Minds combusting.
The cell disappears. I’m cleaved in half and dragged two ways—part of me joins the endless galaxies that spin the fabric between worlds, the other part melts slowly, and with every gasp and sigh, merges with Isla’s being.
This girl is mine. I am hers. Sealed with a kiss. My fiery queen.
*Excerpt from King of Always by Juno Heart – release date coming soon!