By the king’s order, Princess Sobriel is betrothed to Lord-Regent Marath, an Elven noble with an evil agenda who’s manipulated his way into royal favor. Marrying him will be a fate worse than death, especially when Sobriel yearns for the sexy and irresistible Sir Drake—the knight who holds her heart. A knight she is forbidden to love. She flees her family to be with Drake, giving up everything she knows for him.
Enraged at her defiance, Marath summons a mage to kidnap and kill Sobriel. Drake, determined to protect the woman he loves, will stop at nothing to see her safe. Their desire for one another burns hot and nothing can keep the two lovers apart. Nothing but Marath’s evil plan to do away with the Fae and separate Drake and Sobriel forever.
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Drake joined the Elven royals for the evening feast, as he said he would. The king gave him less than a warm reception. He was quite cold. But Drake didn’t care. All that mattered was getting a moment with Sobriel.
The king, however, must have guessed Drake would try anything to get the girl alone. He kept her by his side all evening, never letting her out of his sight. All the two could do was exchange a glance every now and then. And even that was scrutinized by the king.
When dessert was served Sobriel feigned a headache and excused herself from her father’s presence. She gave Drake one last passing glance before she disappeared out of the great hall.
After she’d been long gone Eldrin leaned toward him and pushed a small piece of parchment in his hand. The ranger said nothing. Merely gave him a nod as he rose from the table and left the feast.
With his hands hidden under the table, Drake unfolded the small parchment. Written in a careful script were directions to meet Lord Eldrin in the grove by the loch at full moonrise. He said nothing of meeting the princess. But he hoped the ranger had made good on his promise to bring her to him.
Drake waited until the musicians started playing and dancers took the floor. With the king and crown prince distracted, Drake slipped out of the great hall and found his way to the long, winding staircase that led to the ground.
At the foot of the staircase, he paused and wondered which way to the grove with the loch. A fire pixy flittered in the darkness toward him, then buzzed around his face and circled his head. He could barely make out the little pixy’s features. She had a delicate face and beckoned him after her, waiting for him to follow.
He pursued the streaming little light, heedless of his surroundings. He didn’t want to lose sight of her as he stumbled along. When the glittering loch came into view, the fire pixy disappeared. He halted, looking out at the peaceful water with the moonlight reflecting upon the surface.
A moment later the princess stepped out from behind an overgrown rosebush. Her hair was like a halo in the silvery light. Delicate shadows played upon her beautiful face. He could see the outline of her rose-red lips, the slant of her high cheekbones, the curve of her perfect, pert nose.
She smiled sweetly, fluttered her lashes down, and dipped a quick curtsey in greeting.
The small gesture sent his heart into a tailspin. His body reacted as a vaguely sensual light passed between them. And he knew he had to feel her in his arms. He hurried toward her. The smile never left her lips.
“Sir Drake, I—”
But that was as far as she got when he took her in his arms, pulling her close, feeling her small body curve against his. Enough waiting. He’d waited long enough to hold her. To feel her. To taste her. Her breath caught in her throat as his head dipped toward hers. And before their lips met, her breath shuddered out.
He paused, inhaling her sweet nectar scent. It was sultry and heady and nearly made him lose his mind. He could stand it no longer. His mouth closed over her lips, at long last sampling her taste. His tongue delved deep into the sweet recesses of her mouth. She tasted like honeysuckle wine on a warm summer night. She tasted like heaven. She tasted like forever.
To his delight, she kissed him back. Her arms slid around his neck as she pressed closer. So close he could feel every curve of her little body against him. Her small, round breasts. Her narrow waist. The curve of her hips.
Her tongue bumped against his as they savored each other, branding their first kiss in his mind. She kissed as though she’d always known how. As though she had been born to kiss him and no other. He was reluctant to break apart from her but wanted to see her face and memorize it. He wanted to store it away so he may recall it anytime he wished. Because he knew tonightwould be the final night they would have together.
As he pulled away, he could see the color high in her cheeks and the pink in the tips of her pointed ears. Her lips were still damp from his onslaught and to make matters worse, she ran her tongue over them. As though remembering the last remnants of his mouth on hers. Her pulse fluttered wildly in the long column of her pale throat. She labored to breathe, as though she couldn’t catch her breath.
“Forgive me,” he said. “I should not have taken such liberties.” He kissed her forehead and a little mewl escaped her. It nearly sent him over the edge.
Control, though. He must control his reaction. When all he wanted to truly do was tear the gown from her sweet body and make love to her until the dawn. Here on the edge of the loch amid the soft grass. Yet that would not be appropriate. He was a knight. He had honor and dignity. And he would not ruin her reputation with one selfish act. An act he could never take back. She was pure, untouched bliss. He would not destroy that. Yet he couldn’t stop kissing her.
About the author
Michelle Miles is the award-winning author of fast-paced, fun-filled paranormal, fantasy and contemporary romances. She is the author of the Ellora’s Cave epic fantasy romance series,Realm of Honor which includes her latest book,A Knight Like No Other, the fourth in the series set in the Celtic Otherworld.
Her newest is the erotic paranormal romance series, Guardians of Atlantis, about the sexy men of Atlantis and the women who love them. She is also the author of the Coffee House Chronicles, a contemporary romance series set in and around a coffee house, as well as an action-adventure series The Adventures of Ransom and Fortune. She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, PAN Liaison of the Dallas Area Romance Authors chapter and member of the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter. Her work has placed in the highly-acclaimed Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and the Stroke of Midnight Contest sponsored by the Passionate Ink chapter. She was also a contributor of the charity paranormal anthology, Entangled, which donated over $10,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
A Native Texan, she loves hockey, baseball, drinking coffee, cross-stitching and shopping for shoes and handbags. She is a regular contributor to Plotting Princesses and can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.
Also by Michelle Miles
Realm of Honor (Fantasy Romance)
One Knight Only
Only for a Knight
A Knight to Remember
A Knight Like No Other
Her Fierce Knight – Releasing late 2014/early 2015
Guardians of Atlantis (Paranormal Romance)
Guardians of Atlantis Box Sex
Coffee House Chronicles (Contemporary Romance)
Talk Dirty To Me
Nice Girls Do
Take Me I’m Yours
Have Yourself a Merry Little Latte
Sex, Lust & Martinis – Releasing May 2014
The Adventures of Ransom & Fortune (Time Travel Romance)
A Bend in Time
A Break in Time
Stand Alone Books, Short Stories & Anthologies
Phoenix Fire (Fantasy Romance)
Sinfully Sweet, a Short Story (Paranormal Romance)
Eorwulf (Fantasy Romance Short Story)
The Soul of Sharah (Fantasy Romance Short Story)
Interview with Holly Hewson
HH: Michelle, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is A Knight Like No Other and it is part of your Realm of Honor series. What can you tell us about this series?
MM: It’s about honor and chivalry, gallant knights and ladies fair. Chivalry, honor and bravery still thrive on the other side of the veil in the Otherworld, a mythical realm hidden from humans. Peace has reigned for thousands of years, but when a meddling Faery princess alters time, it sets into motion events that turn the Otherworld upside down. With the threat of war from long-dead and long-forgotten enemies, humans, Elves, Fae and dragons are forced to take up arms together. And when the lives of the knights’ ladies are threatened, they will do whatever it takes to protect them.
HH: What can you tell us about earlier books in the series?
MM: They may all be part of a series, but they are also standalone. You don’t need to read the other books in order to follow the story. ONE KNIGHT ONLY is book one and follows the adventures of Maggie and Finn during a jousting tournament. ONLY FOR A KNIGHT is book two and is the story of Elyne and Derron, the two Fae characters from the first book. A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER tells the story of Queen Maeve and Henry (Maggie’s father). A KNIGHT LIKE NO OTHER is Sir Drake and the Elven princess, Sobriel, and their happily ever after. Book five, HER FIERCE KNIGHT, is coming soon and is the final book in the series about Prince Ainthas (the wood elf) and Princess Laerwen (the fire elf). They were all a lot of fun to write!
HH: How does A Knight Like No Other continue it?
MM: Sir Drake was introduced in book one; Princess Sobriel was introduced in book two. All through the first three books, we see their budding romance but know it’s forbidden—she’s an elf and he’s a human. So how they get past that is what the story is all about. With a little help from her brother, Eldrin and the Skye Elves. (I love Eldrin!)
HH: What do you like best about Sobriel and why will readers identify with her?
MM: She’s spunky and yet a little naïve. She so in love with Drake, she’s willing to give up everything to be with him. And who hasn’t felt that way before? It’s terribly romantic.
HH: What do you like best about Drake and why will readers love them?
MM: He’s VERY chivalrous. Believes in the knightly code. He refuses to take advantage of Sobriel because he loves her so much. Yet when her life is in danger, he will do whatever it takes to save her—even sacrifice himself. He’s very sigh-worthy.
HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in this series?
MM: I’ve just submitted HER FIERCE KNIGHT to my editor and it’s the final book in the series. Here’s a blurb:
As the king’s health declines, Prince Ainthas takes the throne but his rule faces war with the Fomorians, enemies who have carved a path of devastation throughout the realm. When the Fire Elven princess, a striking beauty, arrives in his kingdom with a plea for help, he knows he cannot refuse her. Nor can he resist her and vows to fight for her hand from any challengers no matter the cost.
Princess Laerwen’s people are mercilessly massacred and facing annihilation, so she turns to the ones she blames—the Wood Elves. Upon meeting Ainthas, she learns who the true enemy is and enlists his help to regain her realm and destroy the Fomorians once and for all. But undeniable passion ignites between them and she is powerless to resist. And one kiss will never sate her desire for the prince. Even though she battles her growing feelings, he has made it quite clear he would do anything to have her.
When a twist of fate intervenes, Laerwen risks her heart for a seduction neither will forget and a love that will always endure.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
MM: In May, I’m re-releasing one of my backlist, SEX LUST & MARTINIS. Currently, I’m working on paranormal romance about a witch and a druid tentatively titled PETALS & POTIONS. I’ve also got an urban fantasy that I’m trying to find a home for. So stay tuned! Readers can keep up with me at Facebook or by subscribing to my newsletter at my website.
HH: What appearances will you make this year – online or in person?
MM: I’ll be at the Romance Writers of America National Conference in San Antonio in July. I’ll be signing copies of ONLY FOR A KNIGHT at the literacy signing. I hope to see some readers there!
HH: What do you do when you aren’t writing?
MM: Read, of course. And I love movies. I also do some light gardening and I’m an amateur photographer.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
MM: Website: http://www.michellemiles.net
Plotting Princesses: http://www.plottingprincesses.blogspot.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/michellemiles