The Vhalgenn is the last of her kind, a companion bred to serve the king. Duty and honor burn in her blood.
When the queen begs for a secret blessing to save the newborn prince, the Vhalgenn answers.
But when she takes the babe to the queen's homeland for the ritual, what she discovers could topple the king and overthrow the kingdom.
To save them, she must abandon every last thing she holds sacred, and do the one thing that will destroy her own heart...
Excerpt from The Last Vhalgenn
Duty has shaped the Vhalgenn's life since birth, but to protect the newborn heir, she must betray all she holds sacred.
In this scene from The Last Vhalgenn, the heroine, Raik, has just bathed and eaten, and is alone with King Orix. They grew up together, but his new queen barred Raik from the palace. Raik is back to deliver news of a battle and while delighted to be with Orix, is nervous about his queen discovering them.
Orix set his fingers beneath my chin, and turned my face up to his. "You're more than pretty. You're magnificent. My queen has never once sat near the fire with me and talked."
It had been our nightly ritual. "Never?"
"Never." He brushed my hair back from my face. "I've learned to get along with her, Vhalgenn, but I never had to learn anything with you. We grew up with one another. You were my partner in everything I did. My lover, my sister, my sparring partner, my best friend. My everything."
I lifted my head to look up at him. As I did, his mouth came down on mine. A feverish chill coursed through me at his touch. I'd wanted his mouth from the moment I'd seen him on his throne. Orix could not help but be languid and sultry and hot. I felt desire emanating from him like heat from an oven with its door ajar. It scorched my face and I drew in a shallow breath, afraid of being burnt.
Resisting him was something I had never done, except in play. He thought I meant it that way now and made as if to pressure me, until he saw my eyes were brimming.
"Please, Orix. Don't." I pushed myself away from him. "I can't."
He frowned, confused. For him, life was simple. A need? Fulfill it. Thirsty? Drink. Hungry? Eat. Lusty? Love.
"Half the palace must know I'm here. Do you think your queen will let this go unnoticed? She'll have someone in here to check on me before the night's through and I won't be thrown out again, Orix. I couldn't bear it."
"Vhalgenn, I promise. She'll never know."
"No!" I moved away from him. "She's no fool. She's your queen and she's risking her life to have your child. The least you can do is be faithful."
The look of horror on his face tore out a piece of my heart. Then I realized he was looking past me.
His pregnant queen stood in the darkness, right outside the door.
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