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  • The Shadow Queen(Black Jewels,Book 7)(14) by Anne Bishop
  • “Territory?” the butler prodded after a moment’s silence.

    “Dena Nehele.”

    The butler tipped his head in a tiny bow of acknowledgment. “I will inquire if the Warlord Prince of Dhemlan is available to receive you.”

    “I don’t need to talk to . . .” He was talking to the butler’s back, so there was no point continuing. Besides, the man didn’t go far—just to the back of the great hall.

    After a quick knock on the door, the butler stepped into an adjoining room and stepped back out a few moments later.

    Nothing subtle about the snub if the butler now informed him that the Prince wasn’t available.

    “This way,” the butler said.

    Theran followed the man back to the half-open door. The butler stepped in and announced, “Prince Theran Grayhaven of the Territory of Dena Nehele.”

    “Thank you, Beale,” a deep, cultured voice replied. “Show him in.”

    Beale stepped aside, allowing Theran to enter, then retreated, closing the door behind him.

    The room was shaped like a reversed L. The long side was an informal sitting room, complete with tables, chairs, bookcases, and a leather sofa large enough for a full-grown man to sleep on. The short side of the room had floor-to-ceiling bookcases filling the back wall, red velvet covering the side walls, and a large blackwood desk with two chairs in front of it for visitors.

    From behind the desk rose the most beautiful man Theran had ever seen. Hayllian coloring—the thick black hair, golden eyes, and light brown skin. But the man moved like something too graceful to be completely human, and as he came around the desk,Theran felt the punch of sexual heat.

    “Prince Grayhaven.”

    The voice caressed him, a warm syrup over his skin, producing an unwelcome arousal.

    “I’m Daemon Sadi.”

    Of course this was Sadi. Who else could it be?

    He’d heard stories. Who hadn’t heard stories? But now he had a glimpse of why Sadi had been called the Sadist. All Warlord Princes had that sexual heat to some degree, but he’d never met another Warlord Prince who could halfway seduce a normally uninterested man just by speaking, just by walking toward that person.

    Then the door opened, Sadi looked around, and Theran felt the ground crumbling right out from under him.

    He’d thought the sexual heat had been a deliberate ploy to throw him off-balance. It wasn’t. The punch he’d experienced when he’d walked into the room was Sadi with his sexuality chained. One look at the woman who walked into the room, and Sadi . . .

    Theran froze. Warlord Princes were territorial at the best of times, and lethally so when it came to a lover. A woman could end a relationship with a Warlord Prince without fear, but the only kind of male who could survive an attempt at poaching was a stronger Warlord Prince.

    Based on what he was picking up from Sadi’s psychic scent, this woman was definitely the lover, and since he was a stranger, just being in the same room with her might be enough to provoke Sadi into a kill.

    Not pretty,Theran decided. Attractive in an uncommon way, but definitely not what he would call pretty. The golden hair looked shaggy and was too short for him to find personally appealing. And she looked too thin to have the kind of curves a man would find interesting.

    And all those things that would have made Theran dismiss her as a potential partner didn’t seem to matter to Sadi at all. The hunger in those gold eyes when he looked at her, the hunger that had sharpened his psychic scent . . .

    She stopped, narrowed her blue eyes, and rocked back on her heels.

    “Nighthawk and I are going for a ride,” she said. “Beale said you wanted to see me before I went out.”

    “Wear a hat,” Daemon said.

    Her mouth primmed. “I don’t like hats.”

    Daemon moved toward her.

    Theran adjusted his coat to hide his reaction to the heat pouring off the other man.

    The woman just narrowed her eyes a little more and seemed immune to the feel of seduction blanketing the room.

  • Romance | Fantasy | Vampire