“Dark Wizard is one of my top reads ever.” ~ NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones
“Dark Wizard will be on my keeper shelf for freaking ever.” ~ NY Times Bestselling Author Dana Marton
“Jeffe nailed what it is to write a fantasy romance. Fabulous!” ~ USAT Bestselling Author of Radiance, Grace Draven
“…utterly compelling…clicked Buy right at the end of the sample and just kept reading and reading because this book is so good, with such a rich world and characters. I’m so glad I picked it up…now can it be June already so I can read more?” ~Amazon reviewer
The epic story of Nic and Gabriel continues…
He wanted her with consuming passion… and so did the monster within.
Lady Veronica Elal has been freed from her tower—and entered a life of servitude. It doesn’t matter that her wizard master has odd ideas about circumventing Convocation tradition and making their relationship equal. Nic prides herself on her practicality and that means not pretending her marriage is full of hearts and flowers. Besides she understands that, despite her new husband’s idealism, they face obstacles so great the pair of them could be crushed to nothing, even without dashing themselves brainless trying to fight the Convocation.
Lord Gabriel Phel has come this far against impossible odds. He was born with powerful wizard magic, the first in his family in generations. He’s managed to begin the process of reinstating his fallen house. And—having staked his family’s meager fortune to win a familiar to amplify his magic, a highborn daughter to be mother to his children, his lady, and lover—he rescued Nic in a distant land, successfully bringing her home to House Phel. Though she’s cynical about their chances of success, he’s certain they can defy their enemies and flourish. Together.
But, the more Gabriel discovers about working with the fiery Nic, attempting to learn the finer points of wizardry and marriage, the more illicit fantasies plague him. His need for Nic—and the dark cravings she stirs in his black wizard’s heart—grow daily. Though Nic has reconciled herself to being possessed by Gabriel—and indeed yearns for even more from her brooding and reluctant master—creating a new life for herself isn’t easy. Especially when Gabriel seems determined to subvert the foundation of her world. Starting with her father.
“Gabriel,” she bit out. “Could we please not do this?”
Carefully, he pushed back from the table, casting a regretful eye over their half-eaten meal, the wine, the candlelight. He’d thought to give her a bit of romance, and he’d been doing all right for a while, he thought, until it went sideways. Until she deliberately destroyed the mood, an uncharitable voice in him growled. Keeping his voice even, he attempted a reply to that non-question. “You might understand me perfectly well, but I’m not so fortunate. What am I not to do?”
With a wordless snarl, she looked as if she’d love nothing better than to hurl something at his head. Visibly reining herself in, she straightened her spine and lifted her chin, pulling that regal poise around her like a cloak. “I am aware,” she said with impressive coolness, given that snarl, “that you are conflicted about being a wizard, and that I am not what you envisioned for your lady wife.”
Uh-oh. This was worse than he’d realized. “That is categorically not true.”
“Don’t lie,” she spat, all the fire in her welling up, the scent of rose-infused wine thick as fresh blood. “Everything in this place speaks of the vision you had. I see it everywhere I look. The pretty master suite with its books and view of the river. This dinner with two place settings and polished silver that—”
“Moon magic,” he interrupted. “My silver requires no polishing.”
“Romance,” she spat without pause. “Honeymooning.” The way she said the words made them drip with distaste. “You never wanted a familiar, and you still don’t.”