by Tali Spencer
GENRE: Erotic Fantasy Romance
Adora Leonnte, sister to the Uttoran emperor, endured a year trapped in a nightmarish forced marriage to a Sebboyan prince driven by a sinister prophecy to take her against her will. The war that followed destroyed the small country, but she emerges unbroken…if not unscathed. Safe again in Uttor, she vows to put the horrors she faced behind her and once again become the fearless young woman she was before her abduction.
As fate would have it, her hated kidnapper left her carrying his child, and that is a condition even she cannot wish away. Adora’s enduring hope for romance fades until a blue-eyed, self-possessed foreigner walks back into her life and reawakens feelings promising the erotic delights of which she’s always dreamed.
Vallmer Berringen, the handsome and devout prince of a country allied with conquered Sebboy, has come to Uttor for two reasons: to secure the treaty that will give his country a much needed alliance, and to fulfill his father’s orders to use the occasion to find a suitable bride. Captivated by Adora’s intelligence and courage, Vallmer is torn by the fact she is both pregnant and pagan. Her infamous reputation taints Adora, a woman that a man of his position and faith should never be tempted to woo.
Can he reconcile his vision for his country with his passion for a woman whose spirit sets his blood on fire—but for whom kingdoms have gone to war?
Vallmer shook his head at the ridiculousness of his situation. He was riding in a creaking carriage with a woman three times—maybe four times—his years and listening to a lecture on whom he should choose as a bride. “I am beyond convinced of the lady’s virtues. Adora is everything you say…and more! Even were I to brave her brother to ask for her hand, she is…pregnant!”
Hersilia waved a dismissive hand. “Oh that. All know who fathered that child. Lorant’s bastard will have no claim on Benarri’s throne. Consider it proof of the pot. The woman is obviously fertile! Wed her, then simply father one or several of your own.”
“By my god’s law, Adora and Lorant were duly wed! Her child is no bastard, but a rightful heir to Sebboy and Uttor, too! To wed her would be to bring a bone of contention into my land! What you suggest would be a greater mistake than if I were to wed an Uttoran temple whore.”
The old woman stiffened. “How dare you—”
“How dare I what? Mention her in tandem with a whore? My people do.” With a sigh, he sank back into the cushions again. “I admire the lady, Duqessa, truly I do. I do not mean to diminish her in any way. But I must have a wife who is…unencumbered by a history with other men.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tali Spencer fell in love with writing at an early age and never stopped. Thanks to a restless father, she grew up as a bit of a nomad and still loves to travel whenever she can. Her longest stint in one place was Milwaukee where she went to college, enjoyed a series of interesting careers, and raised three surprisingly well-adjusted sons. She later married her true love and put down new roots in Philadelphia, where she lives in an ongoing Italian American family sitcom. At least she’s learned how make good pasta. When not writing, Tali reads everything from sweet goofy romances to medical research, manages her fantasy football team—go Gekkos!—and takes long walks with her loving, if slightly neurotic, poodle.
Visit Tali’s blog at http://talismania-brilliantdisguise.blogspot.com
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