Author: Lucia Ashta
Series: Royals of Embermere, #1
Publication date: April 19th 2023
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Win the trials, earn a crown—or fail and lose everything.
The heir of Embermere has unexpectedly died, and now a new prince and princess must be crowned.
I’ve been hiding out with the dragons, but then mysterious fae show up at the dragons’ stronghold and abduct me at the King’s command.
The royals of Embermere are hosting the Fae Heir Trials to find their successors. The winners will marry and become the next to rule the fae lands. Turns out I’m the King’s illegitimate daughter and the wicked queen intends to kill me off during the challenges.
I find myself thrust into a barbaric tournament where death is all but guaranteed. I’m competing against the most gorgeous, deadly fae warriors of the realm. Determined, agile men who’ve been training to claim this chance all their lives—including clan leader Rush Vega.
Rush Vega is the Crown’s favorite, devastatingly charming and dangerously tempting. His combat skills and dark secrets will be my undoing. With my survival on the line, my heart must resist his pull and those intriguing moonlight eyes. He’s the queen’s spy, and that makes him my number one enemy.
My life might have become a game of savage brutality, but the Queen of Embermere underestimated me.
I was born a fighter. And I intend to win.
Note: Fae Heir begins the Royals of Embermere series, which is romantic fantasy intended for a mature audience. Each individual book ends on a cliffhanger, but the series concludes with an uplifting and satisfying ending.
“And you should be more aware if you wish to survive the tournament … intact.”
I scraped the tip of the sword I’d pointed at him across his junk, which bunched beneath a layer of tunic and breeches. And though my touch was soft as a feather, he jumped back as if I’d punched him, dropping his own sword to his side.
“What the fuck?”he snarled, his eyes flaring.
I batted my lashes at him, a picture of innocence as pure as freshly fallen snow. “Enlighten me, teacher. I thought that in a match of life or death I should press every advantage at my disposal.”
“This isn’t a lethal fight.”
With his shoulders tight with anger, he appeared even more dangerous than usual. I pushed off from the railing. “But that’s what we’re here preparing for. No one, not even you, thinks I’ll get out of the Gladius stage alive.” He glared at me. “See? You don’t even deny it.”
“Still. There are some things you just don’t do.”
I laughed. “Why not? Is your cock a sacred, bejeweled wand?”
He stomped toward me. “Damn right it is. And you’d better fucking remember that from here on out.”
I craned my neck back to look up at him. “Does it wear a crown upon its precious head?” I hadn’t meant to taunt him, but it seemed I couldn’t help myself.
about the author
Lucía Ashta is the Amazon top 20 bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal women’s fiction filled with wild magic, spicy romance, and quirky characters that make you snort-laugh.
A former attorney and architect, she’s an Argentinian-American who lives in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains with her husband and daughters.
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