18+ Together, they make their way through a den of thieves and an enchanted elf forest, but the biggest danger of all may be their fiery attraction to each other and the secret that will draw a dividing line between them.
Published: July 22nd, 2017
Ariella had always believed that the life of a warrior should include indulging in wine and men whenever they were on offer… And in Chaldea, the capital of the old empire, they certainly were.
Especially the man she finds in her bedchamber, a slave provided by her hosts to entertain her in any way she wishes.
But when betrayed and surrounded by enemies in a strange land, there is only one man she can trust—the slave who was meant only for her pleasure but is much more than he seems.
Demetrius had been captured in a battle at the age of fifteen, and slavery was all he had known in his adult life. When his chance for freedom comes along, his fate is bound to the noble warrior maiden whose voice and body he cannot resist. Duty calls him to return to his kingdom, but the journey will take him places that will change him forever.
Together, they make their way through a den of thieves and an enchanted elf forest, but the biggest danger of all may be their fiery attraction to each other and the secret that will draw a dividing line between them.
Changing the Roles
It’s a case of “If you can't find the book you're looking for, write it yourself.” There just aren’t that many books with bad-ass female characters, ones who take charge, especially in romance. Why is it always “nice girl” meets “bad boy”? So yes, I wanted it to be more like a “bad girl” meets “nice guy” kind of story.
Don’t get me wrong, I've always loved the bad boy characters but more in the sense that I wanted to be them. I mean who wouldn't identify with that type of character? The charmer, the playboy, the gambler. Someone who lives in the moment, has a devil-may-care attitude, and wins everyone’s hearts. Often I thought, why can't there be more female characters like this? Are women seen as more innocent, or motherly and responsible?
It’s time for something different. A female character who is more interested in having fun than meeting that special someone. Especially in this book, I think that role suited Ariella naturally because she's a lady warrior with her own castle in a land where women are in charge, her parents are dead, and she had been hurt in love before, so she chooses partying as her way to escape the loneliness.
As for the hero, does he get overshadowed by such a strong heroine? I don’t think so. Even though he's not the cocky bad boy that romance readers normally love, Demetrius is a really cool guy. Like many beloved romance heroes, he’s extremely protective of the heroine, he serves her needs without losing any of his masculinity, and I believe he will win readers' hearts from the very first chapter.
Even after he escapes from slavery, he is still very loyal to Ariella, and I think she holds a lot more of the power in their relationship. Although it's not literally a BDSM novel, there are some unusual things that happen in the power relations between the characters which makes for some interesting love scenes. It’s not your typical romance, but I’m sure readers will love this tale of two strong and complex characters.
About the author:
Enchanted by romance on page and screen, I have always tried to write my own versions of the perfect fairytale. As for real life, I believe I may have already found the man of my dreams, but I still haven’t found the dog of my dreams. Currently, I’m obsessed with Italian greyhounds. I can usually be found enjoying the outdoors or relaxing with a good book on the west coast of Canada.