Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Publisher: Brightlynx Publishing
Release Date: November 2023
Series: Renegades of Magic Book 3
Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance
Try not to be an asshole. Jadren snorted to himself as he trudged back to the rooms he shared with Seliah. Easier said than done, as being an asshole came so naturally to him. But he could see Liat’s point: if he wanted Seliah to confide whatever secret she was keeping from him, he’d make much more progress being patient and coaxing her to trust him than badgering and bullying her.
On that note, he abruptly turned at an open doorway leading into a sunny garden. With late summer finishing its reign before succumbing to autumn, the garden rioted with blossoms. Spotting one of the ubiquitous gardeners quietly weeding, he edged up and cleared his throat.
The robe-clad young person glanced up at him, squinting against the sun. “Yes, Lord Jadren?”
“Is it all right if I, uh, pick some flowers?”
“Of course. They’re here for all to enjoy.” They gestured to a set of shelves set under an overhang. “You’ll find clippers and vases over there. For best results, fill the vase with water first, then immediately insert the cut blossoms.”
“Thank you.” There. He sounded not at all like an asshole. Picking out a pretty vase, he filled it with water from a rain-collection barrel, then wandered about with his clippers, seeking out the blossoms he thought Seliah would like best. The big, fluffy-looking ones, he thought, along with a few of the wickedly dark ones. He was no artist, but the resulting bouquet looked pretty dammed good to his eye. Pleased with himself, he returned the clippers and resumed his journey to their rooms, hoping Seliah would be there.
If she wasn’t, maybe he’d set up the vase in the middle of the room, turn down the bed, and scatter flower petals over the sheets. That would be romantic, which he owed her. The last time he’d set up a romantic and seductive scenario, he’d drugged and abandoned her. It should have occurred to him to make that up to her. “No time like the present,” he assured himself, feeling more optimistic. Some romance, some lovemaking, then talking. They’d work it out. They always did.
“Seliah?” he called as he opened the door to their rooms.
No answer. Excellent. He could put his plan into motion. Whistling a jaunty tune, he bustled about the place, arranging the scene. Wine. They needed wine. And candles, though it was still afternoon. If he played it right, they could linger in bed until after dark. Which meant he should arrange for the evening meal. Finger foods they could feed to each other. Seliah would love this and forgive him.
He paused, frowning at the tug on the wizard–familiar bond, the sense of attenuation, as if Seliah were moving away from him at a rapid rate. Surely that couldn’t be right. Seliah might be justifiably pissed at him, but she wouldn’t leave him. Surely she wouldn’t have run back to House Phel as he’d caustically predicted to himself.
About the Book:
Their love makes them stronger together… Unless the world rips them apart
Jadren El-Adrel knows he’s a mess. He’s a cobbled-together monster pretending to be a wizard, still unable to master the magic that makes him pretty much immortal and is useless for anything else. Though he’s tried to learn to work with his familiar, Seliah, he’s still terrified to discover what might happen if he gives himself full access to the depths of her powerful magic. Some questions should never be answered.
Seliah Phel got her happy ever after. Jadren loves her; they’re together in a safe and beautiful place; and they’re finally learning to work together as wizard and familiar. But even she must recognize that Jadren continues to stew in his black moods, brooding that only worsens when he receives a missive from home, his horrible family demanding the unthinkable: that they both return to House El-Adrel.
As the denizens of House Phel fight an increasingly pitched battle against the enemies determined to destroy them forever, Jadren and Selly fight their own war—against the past and to overcome their own failings. To become truly stronger together.
About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy is a multi-award-winning and best-selling author of epic fantasy romance. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is best known for her RITA® Award-winning novel, The Pages of the Mind, the recent trilogy, The Forgotten Empires, and the wildly popular, Dark Wizard. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.
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