#midweektease Trope: forced proximity | Book: HIS CAPTIVE PRINCESS #romancebooks
Welcome back to mid-week tease. I'm counting down to the release of my next book SCREWDRIVER, which is another spinoff from the Royal House of Saene series.
In the meantime, let's go back to my first story in the series, HIS CAPTIVE PRINCESS. As the title implies, this falls into the forced proximity romance trope.
The gist is that Isha wakes to find that she has been abducted by Zain who needs the princess's advocacy help for his country's people. However, the two of them have a history that didn't end so well and she's not about to roll over and play nice. Enjoy the teaser.
A hard knock on wood startled her out of her thoughts. Hand to her chest, she swivelled just as the door swung open.
Zain stood in the space under the wooden frame.
Sucking in a sharp breath, she stood in the middle of the bedroom and stared at him, unprepared to see him again so soon after the last time, which had to be only a few hours.
He stared at her, too, as if unable to do anything else, his body taut and towering as it occupied most of the doorway.
Even without his trademark suits, his devastating appearance still caused a tremor in her body.
His hands clenched into fists at his side.
The motion got her brain into active mode.
“What do you want?” she asked in a hard tone.
“You,” he said, his tone edged with huskiness.
Her heart skipped a beat.
“W—what?” she stuttered as nervousness pulsed through her.
The last time she’d heard him utter a similar phrase, he’d been a young professor, the youngest she’d encountered as a law student. He’d been bookish, tall, slender, fine, so damn fine. He’d also been an activist with a susceptible heart and exuberant smile, keen to educate young minds and impart innovative ideas.
In the intervening years, he’d taken his campaign from the classroom to the courtroom.
He had changed. Gone was the youthful exuberance and mirth, replaced by the danger and darkness of ruthless eyes, tightly-controlled rugged face, and finely-honed muscles and the strength of a warrior.
Something fluttered low in her belly. A yearning sparked to life.
No. She gritted her teeth. Where was her hatred for him? That was the only emotion he deserved from her.
She turned her head away. All that mattered was for her to get out of here. In a few weeks, she would be married to Kweku, and this blip in her life would be forgotten.
“I came to invite you to lunch.”
His deep voice snagged her attention.
She couldn’t help the hysterical laughter bubbling out of her.
“Invite me to lunch. Is that what this is? Was I invited to your house?” Animated by anger, she paced, glancing at him occasionally. “Did you send an email? No? An SMS? A message with my assistant? Perhaps she forgot to tell me. Or wait. It must have been a telegram, right? You see, that is so nineteenth century. We are in the twenty-first—”
She paced to the far wall, turned, and halted.
Zain strode across the room.
On reflex, she stepped away.
He kept coming towards her.
Her back hit the concrete of the wall.
He stood before her, looming dangerously, dark eyes gleaming.
So close. Too close.
About HIS CAPTIVE PRINCESS (Royal House of Saene #3)
Isha Saene has perfected the act of balancing her life—a celebrated corporate negotiator spearheading an international trade deal that could catapult her country to one of the fastest growing mid-sized economies in Africa, and a loyal First Princess of Bagumi Kingdom set to seal ties with a neighbouring nation through marriage.
Until one careless moment knocks her carefully choreographed life into chaos.
Zain Bassong has always fought for the underdog—a patriot dedicated to fighting against the oppression of his people by the country's elite. He believes the pen is mightier than the sword and chooses the diplomatic route, no matter how many times he is arrested by the repressive regime.
Until devastating news triggers a chain reaction.
Isha and Zain are thrown together and their lives change. For better or worse? They will have to figure that out before it’s too late.
Available in ebook, paperback and audiobook.
Check out the eight books in the series HERE