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416 pages, Hardcover
First published September 12, 2017
“You are a flame, Ruby, and fire can either be free or it will be smothered. The last thing I want...The last thing I want is to smother you.”I read this book sometime in November 2018 but forgot to review it because of uni routine. But now I'm gonna review it by recalling as much as I remember.
“Why do we always go back to hurting each other?” I asked in a small voice, hoping not to destroy the fragile truce.
He paused long enough that I started to worry. “Because we feel too much,” he said roughly.
“We need to be prepared for the worst.”
“Except the worst keeps getting…worse.”
He nodded, lips twisting in a slight grimace. “It frustrates Lord Ustathius to no end to find me here instead of in the council chambers. I told him this helps me think.”
“And does it?”
“Yes. It helps me think of you.”
His lips twitched, the scar pulling taut in that way I found endlessly endearing. “And then there’s the matter of me having to duel with anyone who dared to stare at you. Which would be every man here.”
“They’d only stare because they’re afraid of me. They’re all waiting for me to melt something.”
“Ah, but, Lady Ruby, you already have,” he said, letting go of my waist to spin me in a quick circle. As I came back around, his hand returned to steady me. “You’ve melted my icy heart.”
“Home.” I sat trembling in the chair, his words and tone affecting me more than I wanted, making me want to curl up and weep in his arms. “I don’t even know where that is.“
“You’re my home,” Arcus said softly.