A KINGDOM OF STARS AND SHADOWS (Stars and Shadows #1) by Holly Renee
Release Date: July 14th
Genre/Tropes: Adult Fantasy Romance/High Fantasy Romance/Enemies-to-Lovers/Forbidden Romance
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“You can’t be in here.” I pulled away from his touch and put as much space between he and I as possible.
“I am a prince of Citlali, Starblessed.” He spat my name. “I will do as I please.”
I wrapped my arms around my chest and looked to the window. The setting sun was leaving room for nothing but darkness, and it was falling over the sky like a curse.
“I am not leaving you alone while you are panicking over whatever Jorah said to you. He is my best friend in this world, but he’s also an idiot. He scared you when he shouldn’t have.”
“No.” I shook my head. “He was right. I have spent my entire life preparing for my betrothal to the crowned prince, and I am a fool to allow the queen to think I am loyal to anything but that.”
A dark smile graced his lips as he shook his head. “You are loyal to my brother?”
“I am.” I lifted my trembling chin as I answered him.
“He is what you want?” He moved closer to me as his dark eyes pierced through me.
“He is my destiny,” I corrected him and took a step back as he moved forward.
“A destiny that makes you wish you were anywhere else.” He chuckled softly just as he moved in front of me. “Tell me, Starblessed. Is it your want for me that makes your breath catch in your throat when I am near or your boredom? If you simply need a man to cure your temptation, then please allow me the pleasure.”
“You can’t say things like that to me.”
His smile deepened as he watched me, and I knew that he wasn’t going to leave unless I made him.
“Your brother can satisfy my temptation just fine.”
His smile dropped as he stepped closer to me still. “I think we both know that is a lie. Unless you close your eyes and imagine that his fingers are mine, I think the only thing my brother will leave you is wanting.”
“The queen is watching me,” I whispered, and Evren simply lifted his stained fingers and ran one over the other before my room was clouded in darkness. Every lamp and the glow of the fire had completely disappeared, and I grasped the post of my bed as I tried to see in front of me.
“What did you do?” My voice trembled with fear and anticipation.
“The queen can only see what I allow her, princess. I may be the bastard prince, but I still have power.”
Destiny or desire?
Where does your allegiance lie?
I am told my union to the crowned prince will determine the fate of the kingdom, but it isn’t my betrothed who haunts my dreams. It’s the half-breed prince who stands at his side.
He is darkness and sin, and when he whispers promises of wickedness in my ear, I crave a man who I can’t have.
Every thought I have is treasonous. The way my hands ache to touch him deceitful.
Even my dreams make me a traitor to the kingdom I am sworn to protect.
But when the kingdom is attacked, I am forced to make choices I’m not prepared for. Our lies and deception are entangled in the shadows and stars, and as they unravel so shall my fate. Betray a kingdom or betray my heart.
A Kingdom of Stars and Shadows is book one in the Stars and Shadows Series and will end in a cliffhanger.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, Holly Renee brings readers a pinch of angst, an indulgence of heat, and the perfect amount of heart in every book.
Born and raised in East Tennessee, she is a married mom of two wild children. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, pretending to be a dragon for the hundredth time that day, being disgustingly in love with her husband, or chilling in the middle of the lake with her sunglasses and a float.
Holly is a lover of all things romance, Mexican food, Harry Potter, and yoga pants.
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