As promised, here’s the last part of the scene between Amber and Rico in PRINCE OF FOOLS. She needs to keep him at arm’s length for both their safety, forcing him to sacrifice everything he desires . . . if she says the word. But can she? His last petition to her was, “Just don’t push me away.”
Her shaking hands covered his, squeezing until they grew numb. "I don't want to hurt you."
"The truth won't hurt me,” he said, adding with a gruff little laugh, "well, it'll sting a bit, but I need to hear it. If you really want me gone, you tell me now, and I'm gone. I'll head home tonight, 'cuz I'm not strong enough to stay here in the same city with you and keep my distance. Tell me what you want. Do I stay or go?"
Rico waited, not daring to breathe, balancing the way he had on that post as a boy, at the end of his endurance with so much at stake, knowing he'd have to abide by whatever she said, no matter how difficult, no matter who else he had to let down.
Finally, when there wasn't a scrap of air in his lungs, he heard her whisper, "Stay."
FINALLY! And yes, finally PRINCE OF FOOLS is up for pre-order on Amazon (with Nook, Kobo and iBook to follow as well as the trade paper!). If you need an extra push, here’s the book blurb to tease you . . .
PRINCE OF FOOLS
“House of Terriot” Book 3
A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid . . .
Rico . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot
Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.
One night of stolen pleasure he didn’t remember and she couldn’t forget…
Amber . . . a single mother hiding a terrible past
Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together . . . and keep them alive?
Woo Hoo! That says it all. And I’m going to be saying an awful lot more this weekend speaking at our Mid-Michigan RWA chapter meeting in my old hometown and celebrating my grandguy’s 10th birthday! Friends and family. It doesn’t get much better!
Happy Weekend! And don’t go peeking through your fingers tomorrow!
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