Coming March 18, 2014
Zoey thought she would never have to choose, but to save one husband, she will have to betray the other…
As Zoey Donovan-Quinn first sets foot in the faery homeland of her beloved Devinshea, life is perfect. Her enemy is defeated, her heart is full, and Neil and Sarah are at her side. Daniel and Dev are happy, so their visit to the sithein should be a pleasant honeymoon full of wonder and joy. Well, except for the part where Zoey needs to steal an ancient gem from the Queen of Faery in order to prevent Louis Marini from killing Daniel.
Reunited with her whole crew, stealing the magical artifact should be relatively easy, but unknown to Zoey, Dev, and Daniel, there are dark forces gathering against them. As her search for the Blood Stone gets underway, Zoey makes a startling discovery that will change her life, and Dev and Daniel’s forever.
When her new enemy finally strikes at Zoey from the shadows, her newfound happiness is shattered, and to avenge the horrific attack, Dev prepares his mother’s kingdom for war. Recovering from the attempt on her life, Zoey and Daniel desperately search for the stone and in the process unmask the real monster behind the assault.
Stopping the real threat, and saving Daniel, will force Zoey to choose sides in an epic war between the Seelie and Unseelie Fae, even if it means betraying Dev and his people.
that we were ready to be announced and then we walked down a
magnificent marble staircase. Twenty steps led us into a huge ballroom
that had been set for the royal banquet.
I held on firmly to
both their arms because the last thing I needed was to tumble down the
stairs and break a limb. I looked out over the crowd and realized Dev
had been right. Everyone was hoping for a big scene. They were
whispering behind their hands and gawking. They moved their attention
between the three of us and the woman at the end of the hall.
glanced up and got my first glimpse of my mother-in-law.
Queen of Faery, sat upon her throne before me. There was a raised
platform with three chairs. Miria sat on the largest of the three in
between two slightly smaller thrones. All three were carved from oak
and elaborate in their design. Declan sat in one to her right, a look
of aloof superiority on his face. I’d been told the seat to her left
was the one Dev used. There were several people standing around the
queen, and I suspected they were counselors and high nobles. Padric
stood closest to the queen. It was fitting as he was both the head of
security for the royal family and the queen’s lover.
Queen of Faery, was gloriously lovely. I was surprised to find she had
long strawberry-blonde hair. I guessed the twins got their dark good
looks from their father. Miria was fair but by no means bland. Her
face was delicately sculpted, with high cheek bones and a lush mouth.
Her eyes marked her as the twins’ relative. They were emerald green
and sparkled with the same intelligence Dev had.
said as we approached the throne. “That’s your mom?”
look old enough to be his mom, but that was the way it was with the
Fae. They reached their prime and just stopped aging. Miria looked to
be about twenty-five. Dev was twenty-seven now and would look older
than his mother or brother had he not been taking Daniel’s blood
regularly. Daniel’s blood stopped the aging process in humans when
taken on a regular basis. I’d begun noticing that for Dev, it seemed
to actually reverse aging a little. The fine lines around his eyes he
got when he laughed had disappeared.
Miria tried to maintain her
cool composure but the closer we got the more her eyes ate up the
sight of her son. I saw her eyes get glossy with unshed tears, and she
reached out to Declan. He patted his mother’s hand and for a moment
looked less like a brat prince.
“Good evening, Mother,” Dev said
formally as we reached the throne. He bowed deeply.
I could see
her son’s formal tone was not what the queen had been hoping for.
“Devinshea, it is good to see you.”
Dev didn’t give her
anything. He nodded but chose to introduce us rather than reply.
“Mother, this is my goddess, Zoey. And this is my partner, Daniel
Donovan. I assume Declan brought you up to speed on my living
That last was said coolly and with just a hint of
challenge. He was just begging for his mother to say something
disparaging about his lifestyle.
Miria had none of that. She
smiled broadly and stood, causing Declan to quickly get his butt up as
well. She wore a lovely white gown and a crown that sparkled in the
candlelight. “Yes, of course. Declan and Padric both spoke highly of
your wife and partner.”
Declan snorted at that. He didn’t like
Danny. It probably had something to do with the fact that Daniel had
kicked his ass the first time they met. “I certainly did not. I spoke
poorly of him.”
Miria ignored her elder son. She stepped off the
platform and walked to us. She stood before me. “It is so good to meet
you, daughter,” she said with what seemed like complete sincerity. She
kissed my cheek and gave me a long look. She laughed brightly. “Well,
Devinshea, you certainly brought a beauty home. You are lovely,
“She is beautiful but not obedient,” Declan noted. “That
is not the dress I told her to wear.”
“Hush,” she admonished.
“The dress is stunning and suits her far more than anything in our
style. Our styles would swallow her beautiful body. Declan, you were
right about her breasts. They are delicious looking.”
bit was said with a slight breathless appreciation. I felt Danny tense
beside me as he tried hard not to laugh at my sudden discomfort. My
mother-in-law was looking me over with a sensual smile.
you,” Declan said with a lecherous grin.
Dev leaned over and
whispered in my ear. “Mother swings both ways. Sorry I didn’t mention
I gave him a “what the hell” look but Miria was
moving on to Daniel.
“I should be upset with your presence, Mr.
Donovan,” Miria said, looking him over. “Devinshea was supposed to
keep you under control until I decided if you were dangerous or
Dev started to argue but Daniel stepped up to the
“I assure you, Your Highness, I am perfectly harmless,”
he said with more charm than I’d heard him use on any woman but me.
Dev was rubbing off on my vampire. Daniel was imitating his smooth
Miria looked Daniel up and down, from his Ferragamo
loafers to his perfectly cropped blond hair. “I doubt that, Mr.
Donovan. I think you could do some serious damage.”
I saw Padric
roll his eyes and mutter, “Not again.”
“How about I promise to
be a good boy?” Daniel offered, his voice a dark seduction. I stopped
myself from giggling because Danny was getting good at
“Please don’t.” Miria’s lips curled up. “Where would be
the fun in that?”
“Mother!” Dev said sounding completely prudish
for the first time in my relationship with him.
beside his brother.
Miria turned her attention back to her son.
“Well, Devinshea, when you bring such lovely bodies home, what do you
expect? They are exotic and look like they would be excellent
bedmates. It would be rude not to admire them.”
Yes, she was
definitely Declan’s mom.
“The Earth plane has changed my
brother,” Declan complained. “It has turned him into a squeamish old
woman. He refuses to even think about sharing Zoey with me. He pulled
a gun on me just for cuddling with her.”
“I would have done
worse.” Daniel looked at Declan and his fangs were long suddenly. “And
I don’t need a gun.”
The rest of the room was startled and
seemed to take a big step back, but Miria stood her ground. She went
toe to toe with Daniel. She was definitely interested in those
She spoke to her son but her eyes were on Daniel.
“Declan, you should know vampires are possessive creatures. It is
impressive that Devinshea was able to forge a ménage with such a
powerful creature and his companion. It makes a statement about his
prowess. I am proud of you, son. You have done well. Tell me, Mr.
Donovan, do you bite my son?”
“As often as possible,” Daniel
replied with no hint of self-consciousness. “I find faery blood to be
quite the treat.”
“Yes,” she returned with regret.
“Unfortunately, it is why I was forced to close the mounds to your
kind. Your kind likes our blood, and we tend to like your bite, Mr.
Donovan. I found it to be a combustible mix.”
“Please call me
Daniel,” my vampire offered smoothly.
“I will,” Miria promised.
“And you and your companion may refer to me as Miria or mother if you
like. I am your mother-in-law. Formally, of course, for Zoey, but I
completely recognize your relationship and approve. I am pleased to
welcome you. You will be treated as a member of this family,
“Good,” Dev said between clenched teeth. “Then you can
stop hitting on him. And for the record, while I feed my partner, we
are not lovers beyond the fact that we share Zoey.”
startled. “Why ever not, son? He is attractive. I did not raise you to
be so close minded. You should …what is that human term you told me
“Hit that,” Declan supplied
“Yes, Devinshea, you should hit that,” Miria said
Daniel finally lost it, and there were tears in his
eyes as he laughed. He leaned over, whispering to Dev. “Shit, man, we
should have come here earlier. This is awesome.”
Dev turned to
me. “My goddess, what are the chances of the floor opening up and
swallowing me whole, sending me to a blissful oblivion?”
good. Sorry.” Miria made me feel better about my dad.
we should begin dinner now,” Padric said sourly, looking at Daniel
with a shake of his head. He took Miria’s arm and started to lead her
to the head table. Already servants were rushing to
Danny just couldn’t help it. “Dev, your mom’s a total
I grinned as Dev blushed for the first time
in…ever. “My mother is five hundred thirty-two years old. Cougar does
“Sabertooth, then.” Daniel just had to rub it
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