Excerpt from Mist Revealed
"I didn't expect the woman I waited on to be so captivating."
She chuckled. The throaty sound tightened his balls. "Really? Have you been out in the cold too long? I'm far from captivating. I'm not even wearing matching shoes."
He'd noticed the details. They hadn't meant anything to him. He skimmed his fingertips along the edge of her jaw. "And if you have to make a point of that, it confirms my suspicions about you."
She gripped his shoulders. "What are you talking about?"
Her quickened heartbeat made him smile. He'd pegged her right. With her shiny black hair, intelligent eyes and a face that could've belonged to an angel, she no doubt had a slew of males vying for her body. She didn't want to be bothered by them. The why didn't matter. His touch had awakened her lusts. If he had to hold her close to protect her, he had no reason not to enjoy the benefits of her interest. Sex had been the only thing that had made having a consort bearable the last time too.
"You hide behind layers of clothing, hoping males don't notice how gorgeous you are."
She closed her eyes, blocking what he could have garnered from them. "Is that so?"
He sifted his fingers through the locks of her hair and dislodged the tie holding it back. Strands of pure silk tickled his skin.
With his palm cradling her head, he brushed his nose over her temple and breathed in more of her exotic scent. "Yes. Is it because you don't want their attention or..." A surge of jealousy he had no business feeling choked him. "Or because you are already bound to another?"
"B-bound to another?"
He heard the frown in her voice. "Forgive my language barrier. I meant to ask if you already had a male in your life."
"No, I d-don't da-date. N-no time." Her teeth chattered, and a tremor shook her body.
Her statement raised the question as to why. He filed it away to dissect later. Her shiver reminded him that she couldn't control her temperature. She was a mortal and fragile human. He'd have to take care with her body.
He stood and swung her into his arms.
She gasped but clutched him tighter. "What are you doing?"
"You're cold. I'm taking you to my home."
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