Sheltered her entire life within the walls of the castle she was born to, Princess Marilla was destined to be nothing more than the wife of the next Emperor. She was finally fulfilling her destiny by marrying a nobleman her father had presented to her. She intended to obediently accept him on her wedding night, but he had other plans in motion.

A honeymoon is supposed to be filled with love and passion, not murder and betrayal, yet for Princess Marilla that’s all her wedding night offered. Now, with her husband having assassinated her father to ascend the throne, she finds herself a fugitive in her own kingdom. On the run with Hayden, her handsome childhood friend and the Emperor’s most trusted General, she discovers her feelings for Hayden run deep. Together, they find their strong feelings are more than just friendship. Through their journey, their love grows along with her knowledge of the Emperor’s corruption. Now, she intends to take her rightful place as Empress with The Bladed Tiger by her side.

Will their love survive? Will they survive?

This is book one in the Claiming her Empire series but can be enjoyed independently.

Publisher’s Note: This adult romance contains elements of fantasy, danger, action, adventure, sensual scenes, and power exchange. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.

Excerpt

“Hayden,” she whispered, a ghostly breeze of air against his chest as she turned her face up to his again.

For a moment he stared at her, his eyes flickering from her intense gaze to her slightly parted lips. He even leaned forward until his lips were brushing hers, but instead of pressing them firmly and claiming her mouth he suddenly drew back and stepped away from her. 

“You need your rest. We should try to get some more sleep before daybreak.” Then he turned his broad back to her, and Marilla nearly whimpered. Part of her wishing he had never kissed her if he had no intention of doing it again. 

She had had a taste of the forbidden fruit, and now she felt she couldn’t live without it. Couldn’t live without his body pressed to hers.