"What is Nick doing with them?" whispered Jamey, looking through the dark at the man in question.
"He's the Queen's consort."
"Oh." The young girl had a crestfallen expression. "That's the real reason he brought us here then?"
"They were lovers for many years before he got stuck in your world. The two of them took pleasure in doing so many evil things to people."
“I thought he just wanted to get home.” The young girl had thought he could be redeemed. “He never hurt us, even when he could have.”
“He’s a phoenix. Those types prefer deception to violence.”
There was a tremble in her lips. "Is he dangerous?"
Theno nodded. A phoenix was one of the most dangerous creatures in their world, simply because they couldn't be killed. At least not permanently. If they died, they were simply reborn again by the flames. That gave them an advantage over those with mortality.
They must have been too loud with their whispering because the light flickered again. Nick was getting even closer to where they were hiding. Theno could smell him and recognized it as the same scent as the mysterious intruder. Now things were starting to fall into place.
"Is that you, Theno my dear?" The Queen called out. "Have you come to try and stop me again? You can come out now if that's the case."
She waited for a response but he wasn't going to give her one. Nick was just waiting for the moment to attack. The cool, wet walls of the grotto were not a guarantee of protection against a man who used fire as a weapon. Theno didn't want to risk Lily or her sisters getting hurt on accident.
When she didn't get an answer the Queen decided to do something else about them. "Nick, please go and get my wayward troll. Bring him back to me and kill the rest of them."
"Gladly, my Queen."
Author: Emma Brady
Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy
Lily Faye-Richardson thought her bad luck was ending when she and her sisters inherited her uncle’s house. Finding a green man chained in the basement changed that. Now she must trust this sexy troll to take her into a magical kingdom and rescue the only family she has.
Theno woke up with missing pieces to his memory but an angel saving him. When her sisters are kidnapped, he is willing to do anything to help her in return. The problem is, if he can’t remember who he is, how can he trust himself not to hurt her?
Together, the two of them will go to the land of Tammara to bring back the other Faye girls. They will have to face an Evil Queen, who wants to find the door and cross over into the human world. There is also the matter of an intense sexual attraction between them and the need for Theno to discover his identity. Does a troll get to have a happy ending?
Emma graduated with both an English degree and a library sciences degree. She has always been an avid reader of romance, since she first fell in love with Wuthering Heights. After college she decided she didn’t want to just read books and started writing them. She has already started in both urban fantasy and historical romance, but doesn’t rule out other projects in the future. Living in Kansas with her tiny lapdog and a couple rambunctious nephews, she spends most of her time reading, writing and enjoying a good cup of coffee.
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