When Jalal's father sends her to seduce a powerful warrior set on invading his domain, she's nervous but committed. Only when she sees Enrick the Attacker does she realize her work might not be all that unpleasant.
Enrick recognizes the young beauty for what she is--a seductress set on foiling his plans. His response? Tease her, arouse her, make her want him more than she's ever wanted anything before--and then withdraw his affections until she admits the truth.
A battle is about to ensue in Enrick's tent tonight...
This story is the prequel to the Brides of Caralon series.
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Seductress of Caralon by Lacey Alexander
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"You must seduce him."
The words hit her like a physical blow, leaving her breathless for a long, painful moment. She'd known her father was a vulnerable and often desperate ruler, but... "What of my virginity, Father? You're willing to give up my bride value?" While most women of Caralon were free to indulge their sexual urges at will, daughters of the upper classes were kept virgins until they were traded in marriage to whomever their fathers chose. It was a practice Jalal despised, but it at least held the likelihood of a life of comfort, a marriage to someone of means.
Her father's stalwart expression never wavered. "What good is your bride value if Myrtell is toppled by Enrick?"
Jalal swallowed nervously. Her father truly expected her to seduce Enrick the Attacker? "What could I possibly know about seduction, Father?"
"You need know very little given the ripeness of your breasts, the lushness of your curves, the satin of your skin."
She sighed. She'd been told of her rare beauty her whole life. Her father had always been fond of saying she'd fetch quite a price. She'd always imagined going to a wealthy young ruler, someone strong and handsome who might even pamper her if she were lucky. But this changed everything.
"I still haven't the first idea how to pleasure a man. What of my orientation?" The stirrings in her body these last years had actually made her look forward to the week prior to marriage which she would spend with a hand-picked orienter--a woman who would teach her the ways of sex.
"We haven't time for a proper orientation. But Gilda will come to you tonight and try to prepare you for your task. You'll be taken into the mountains at sunup." He leaned slightly forward, the lines in his face deepening as he added, "Do not fail me, Jalal. Distract Enrick with your body long enough for my forces to gather--or you shall answer to me when this is over."
Maybe you'll be dead when this is over, she thought, her eyes narrowing on him. She'd always doubted the man held any love for her in his heart, and this proved it. She wanted to spit on him. She wanted to trample his bravado under her feet.
But a woman's place in Caralon was not such that she could ever rule over any man. She had no choice but to do what her father demanded. She had to attempt to learn the ways of seduction, then give herself to the feared Enrick, a beast of a man who inhabited children's nightmares--had even once inhabited her nightmares as a child. Like it or not, it seemed, he would soon enter her bed in a whole new manner.