Exclusive Excerpt: A Most Unusual Princess by Kelli A. Wilkins
Today I’m sharing a bit about my historical/fantasy romance, A Most Unusual Princess. This fun and sexy story is the first book in my “Royal Desires” trilogy. (The other two books are A Most Intriguing Temptation and A Most Unfortunate Prince. Although the stories are connected, each stands alone as an individual read.)
Here’s the book summary and a mild excerpt:
A Most Unusual Princess - Royal Desires Series, #1
Princess Elara needs to find a royal husband, but claims that no man can satisfy her. Her father hires Dalton, a special guard, to watch over her while she’s courting suitors. Dalton finds her unusual behaviors charming—and enthralling.
Dalton’s aloof manner intrigues Elara, and despite their differences, they share tender moments and intimate nighttime encounters. Elara is heartbroken when her father chooses a “proper” husband for her—until she meets the mystery man.
Bonus! This e-book includes a sneak peek at the second book in the “Royal Desires” series: A Most Intriguing Temptation.
Elara exited her bedchamber and crossed to the daybed. Dalton was asleep on his back with a coverlet draped across his bare chest. She watched him sleeping for a moment, then reached out and nudged his shoulder.
“Dalton, are you awake?” she whispered.
He shifted on the bed and a sleepy-sounding sigh escaped his throat. She resisted the urge to sweep a lock of his wavy black hair away from his eyes. Some guard he was. He lay here half-dressed and asleep while she stood over him, wide-awake and worried.
She nudged Dalton’s shoulder again, harder this time. “Dalton, wake up.”
He blinked a few times and sat up. “Huh? What’s wrong? Did something happen?”
“No.” She bit her bottom lip. How could she tell him? Would he laugh at her? She glanced over her shoulder at her bedroom door. Even though the guards had taken that dreadful man to the dungeon hours ago, she still felt scared.
After all the commotion, she had gone to bed and fallen into a fitful sleep, only to wake from a nightmare. In her dream, the man from the wardrobe had come across her at the pond. He’d been trying to molest her when Dalton arrived and saved her.
“I cannot sleep. May I stay here with you?”
He nodded. “I’ll move to the floor. You—”
“No, I mean… with you. I’d feel safer if you could… hold me.”
He frowned, then pulled back the satin coverlet. “Climb in. But there isn’t much room for two.”
She slid in and cuddled against him. Dalton smelled like spicy cologne. The scent had a calming effect on her. “I do not wish to be alone. When I think about what might have—”
“Shh, do not dwell on it. It’s over.” He tucked the bedcovers around her. “I told you you’d be grateful for my protection. It seems I was right.”
“Yes. You were right about a lot today. Thank you for saving me.” She kissed his stubbled cheek, and a tingle shot through her lower body. It was the first time she had ever kissed anyone, and she liked it.
Dalton licked his lips. “Fear not, he will never get near you again.”
“Not with you here,” she said, wriggling closer and pressing her breasts against Dalton’s chest. A warm pulsating sensation built deep inside her, and she longed to feel Dalton’s touch again. Would he understand her growing need? “You saved me.”
“I’d protect you with my life.”
“Because I’m a princess?”
He looked into her eyes. “Because I’ve grown fond of your complaining… and I like the way you bathe,” he teased.
She smiled. “You deserve a reward. If he had attacked when I was in bed—”
“Do not think about that.” He stroked her cheek. “What reward are you offering?”
“I’ll let you kiss me as much as you like.”
“Nobody’s ever kissed me. You’d be the first. Would you like to?”
“Good. Go ahead.” She closed her eyes, anticipating the pressure of Dalton’s mouth on hers. What would it feel like? Would she know what to do?
“But I won’t.”
She opened her eyes. “Why not?”
“It wouldn’t be proper.” He inched away from her. “And you curling up next to me isn’t proper, either. You should be in your own bed.”
She pouted. “All alone? What if I get scared in the dark?”
“Light a candle.”
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Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.
Her paranormal-comedy, Beauty & the Bigfoot, was published in September 2017.
Kelli released Trust with Hearts, a contemporary romance, in July 2017. Her third gay romance, Four Days with Jack, was released in June 2017. Kelli’s trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was published in spring 2017.
Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.
Kelli's third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption was released in September 2016. This spicy historical western is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.
Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.
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