King Typhon is mentally unstable, made so by the herb he uses in his practice of dark magic. The herb has also left him unable to have children, so he sets his sights on capturing Lysander and using him to sire an heir.
Lysander believes that Queen Flora was in on the plot from the beginning, but soon learns that she is just as much a pawn as him. Lysander escapes after Flora conceives, and unable to bear the thought of Typhon raising his child, rescues Flora, and escapes to his homeland. His life is still being drained from him, along with his magic, by the collar on his neck. In order to free him from the collar, Flora returns to Typhon, who uses a fleshtress to create a suspended sleep spell for Flora.
Lysander, barely recovered from getting the collar removed, comes and steals her out of Typhon’s castle while Typhon and Crystal are taking a midnight swim. Crystal is a peasant, and Flora’s former maid, but she has fallen in love with Typhon, and he with her. Upon their return, he discovers that Flora is gone, and dismisses Crystal from his employ. Typhon and Lysander wait for the other country to attack, until Typhon’s fleshtress convinces him to attack.
I won’t spoil the rest by telling how it ends, except to say that it ends well for everyone.
Kate Hill has really captured the essence of love and how a person’s actions can either make that good or bad. Greed and envy are two of the seven deadly sins for a reason, and Kate has captured perfectly what those reasons are.
Betrayed and imprisoned, Overlord Lysander is forced to mate with beautiful Queen Flora. Lysander has never found a woman more desirable. Resisting her is impossible, especially when manipulated by carnal magic.
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Flora has dreamed about Lysander since meeting him at the high king’s gathering. She never imaged she would one day be forced into his bed by her maniacal husband.
Damaged by an abusive past, King Typhon obsesses about two things—keeping his kingdom safe at any cost, and the innocent maid who stirs his body and soul. Love is a luxury a leader can’t afford, especially when he’s consorting with the fleshtress, a creature who thrives on mortal lust.
Compelled to love a man she can never have, Crystal longs for brooding King Typhon. She sees past his madness and into his heart, but to save the man she must destroy the king.
In a magical world at war, passion abounds as four people are stripped to their souls, but will love or lust conquer all?