Hi, sweeties. I've been missing in action for a while. January turned into a stressful month and I got ill. Still not fully recovered. If you're waiting to hear from me, please be patient. I will work through my messages ASAP.
Between everything else going on, I've been working to make sure The Future King releases this month. This story has been a delight to write and brought such joy to me. The beta-readers love it too. I'm working through the revisions, so hang tight. It's coming.
One of my favourite things about writing romance stories is getting to that point when the characters are so deeply in love they are ready to go to war for their love interest, but that don't actually realise they're in love yet. You know what I mean, right?
In this scene Amara has just come to Zik's defence on a matter he doesn't expect her to defend him on. The two of them were all in my feels. Enjoy the teaser.
Blown away by Amara’s words, Zik reverted to a bad habit, dismissing it with a joke because she couldn’t really be telling him the truth. She couldn’t really be saying he was good enough to be king.
“Sounds like you should be the monarch instead,” he teased.
“Maybe when you become king and die, then I can become the monarch,” she retorted, swatting him hard several times.
“Hey, you’re already thinking about killing me off.” He laughed, reaching for her.
“Yes, because you’re impossible. I’m trying to be serious and you keep joking.” She shifted away and crossed her arms over her chest, sulking.
“Okay. I’ll behave.” He slipped off the sofa to his knees in front of her, clasping her thighs. “Omalicha, ngwa ndo. Biko.”
She loved it when he spoke Igbo to her. As expected, her frown thawed and a reluctant smile brightened her face.
He tugged her arm and pressed a kiss to her knuckles. “You know I don’t like seeing you upset.”
“Then stop upsetting me.” She pouted, adorably. “I’m trying to tell you something important. You might not believe in yourself. But I believe in you.”
Prince Azikiwe didn’t get the ‘Player Zik’ moniker by chance. Life is for living, and rules are boring. Then his older brother jilts his betrothed and abdicates his royal title. Suddenly the constrictive crown prince title is thrust upon Zik, and his partying days come to an abrupt halt. The least of his worries, though. Now, he contends with the scorned, furious bride chosen for him and a nation at risk of falling into anarchy. Does he have what it takes to become the future king?
Title: The Future King
Author: Kiru Taye
Series: Royal House of Saene #8
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: royalty, woman scorned, enemies to lovers, arranged marriage
Release date: Feb 4 (Amazon, Okadabooks) Feb 14 (Apple, B&N, Kobo)