Princess of Draga
(Draga Court, #1)
Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
In the first book of the Draga Court series, Princess Adelina’s coming-of-age party will declare to the worlds she is finally eligible to wed. All she wants is to serve her people and the crown with honor, but when a dangerously attractive prince from another galaxy – one who they all thought was dead – arrives with warnings of monstrosities and war, will her feelings put her in a position where she has to choose between her people and love?
The Draga Court series is a beautiful combination of fantasy and space opera set in a faraway future where humans have altered their genetics to save their species from their destructive natures. Dominance and rank weave a complicated dance among the galaxy’s society where a true submissive has to find her place, and learn the true meaning of power and love.
“Will you tell me why?” he asked, shoulders hunched as though he knew how uncomfortable his height made her.
She couldn’t decide if he intimidated her, or if she wanted to climb him and wrap her legs around his waist. Adelina cleared her throat delicately. “Why I wanted to escort you?” she asked.
He only nodded. Nash didn’t waste words when he didn’t have to it seemed.
She sighed and tugged at a piece of her hair. “I know you did not murder your own family to become king.” Every muscle of his seemed to relax at those words. “I do not need proof to know this as we were friends once, or at least I’d like to think we were.” Adelina shrugged and looked away. “I want to help, but I have no idea how. It is not in my position to do anything about it, so I thought perhaps if I could talk to you…” she trailed off, not sure what else to say without sounding like a naïve fool.
“You owe me nothing,” Nash stated, eyeing her suspiciously.
The goddess give her patience, this male was actively trying to infuriate her. “I have my honor,” she stated frostily. “I have read the treaty and the alliance my grandfather made with your people over two hundred cycles ago. Because we have lived in peace it has never been tested, but I would not be a true Dragan princess if I abandoned a sworn ally in their time of need.”
She had to move. Adelina walked toward the entrance of the mountain farms briskly, leaving the prince to trail after her.
Suddenly she whirled around and jabbed her finger into his chest. “How dare you assume I have no honor?”
He winced as he removed her sharp fingernail from his chest. Nash bent down and brushed a soft kiss against her cheek. “Thank you princess, it gives me hope to know you feel so strongly on the matter. I only wish your father felt the same.”
Adelina was so shocked she could barely do more than pull away. The shadows chilled her skin and she shivered. That pull towards him worried her and she had to at least warn him. “Father and Raena are not going to grant your request,” she whispered, preparing for another change in his moods. Adelina hated having to tell him. “You will have a week before you must leave; they were going to tell you tonight after dinner.”
His sharp intake of breath was his only reaction, and then Nash let out a long, slow breath. “They are?” he asked.
The hot summer air choked her as she nodded. Adelina kept a firm grasp on her control and kept the tears from her eyes. “I do not agree with their choice, but I am nothing more than a pawn.”
His eyes sparkled as he studied her. Adelina’s cheeks flushed with heat and she knew they were red under his scrutiny. “Why are you telling me this?” he demanded.
The trees provided much needed shade and the crescent of the mother moon shone her purple form over the ocean. Adelina studied her birthright and finally met the prince’s eyes. “I will not lie after everything they are going to do to you. The chance is high you will not survive on the run no matter the tech you possess.” Her voice dropped so low he had to bend forward to hear her. “I do not want you to die.”
Only the goddess knew why she felt such a strong connection with him. Perhaps it was that she saw so many similarities between her and Nash. Without her family, she would be lost as well, but at least the prince had training as a warrior.
He traced her lips with his rough fingers, barely there and teasing. “I do not deserve someone like you. I will only bring you harm as I did with my own family.”
Emma Dean lives and works in California with her husband and son. She loves romance but needed something different so Draga Court was born. With too many stories to write the schedule has been filled through 2018.
When she’s not writing she’s reading, or spending time with her family.
With publishing now at least she has an excuse for not folding the laundry ;)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway