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26 pages, ebook
First published March 22, 2016
“Anything is possible,” Despina finished softly. “So long as there is a strong will behind it.”I'm all feels for this! It was a worthy addition, I loved the taste of it :)
He could supposedly charm the skirts off a girl with nothing but sly words and flippant promises.A precious and amazing tale to saviour the taste of! Definitely a remarkable addition to the story that I swallowed in one huge bite :)
At the memory of such tales, Despina stifled a laugh.
Impossibly ridiculous. Removing clothing involved a great deal more than words.
At the very least, someone had to unravel something. A knot. A string.
“There is no way to know for certain what lurks in the shadowed corners of the mind.”It's beautiful and elegant, flowing, like the waves that make the surface of the sea interesting and the rays of light which play on calm water and reflect the sky, hiding the truth...
He aimed his grin at her. “And here I half expected you to be afraid I might be injured.”And next to all that, it's funny and memorable. I was laughing like a maniac, so hard that my stomach was hurting!
“Not you.” Her lips twitched. “Only the flower. I’m not completely heartless.”
“No,” he agreed. “Only partially.”
Women had always been a weakness for him, much to his father’s chagrin.All the words in the world fall apart, insufficient, when I try to express my love for this bawdy creature! He reminds me of Jalan from Prince of Fools, if a little less self-centered and a little more family-loving and loyal?
Aref al-Khoury—the Shahrban of Rey—had been faithful to one woman all his life. Sought comfort in the arms of one woman, and one woman alone. Whereas his son sought comfort in the arms of many women. Women of all sorts. Short, thin, tall, plump—it mattered not to Jalal.
For Jalal al-Khoury loved women and never sought to hide the fact.
“As you can see, I have no need to seek compliments.”A glorious badass who I ADORE. Complicated and three-dimensional. It was great getting her POV and I'm also not sure what she's gonna do ... That kinda worries me?
“Don’t be absurd,” Jalal replied. “All women seek compliments.”
“And all men think they know everything.”
“Postponed—as many things in life so often are.”Thinking of Ava is one of the rare moments that I wanna hit Khalid, my love. She's so delicate.
“The captain of the Royal Guard wants to impress a lowly handmaiden?”I will always and forever be boarding this adorable ship. Oh my God it hurts how much I ship it!! Perfectly developed. I loved seeing how these two started after reading The Wrath & the Dawn :)
“A clumsy young man wants to impress a beautiful young woman.”
In an instant, she made a decision. Despina could not tell Jalal about his child. He could never know what this meant to her. He could never learn how much she loved him.
She would never give any man that kind of power over her.
No. Despina would continue working at the palace until she could hide the truth no longer.
Then she would set her world straight, once and for all. This child would not be raised to fear or hate the world around it. Be made to bow and cower to lesser men.
No. The world around this child would bow first.
"You claim to know everything about women," she began. "But tell me, Captain al-Khoury, do you know my name?"
Jalal was at a loss. Her perfume had cloaked his senses. Clouded his judgment.
He hadn't been expecting such a question.
An easy one. A silly one.
One Jalal could not romance his way through.
"If it's too early for wine, then it's too early for reflection."Despina is my spirit animal.