Zoey thought she would never have to choose, but to save one husband, she will have to betray the other…
As Zoey Donovan-Quinn first sets foot in the faery homeland of her beloved Devinshea, life is perfect. Her enemy is defeated, her heart is full, and Neil and Sarah are at her side. Daniel and Dev are happy, so their visit to the sitheinshould be a pleasant honeymoon full of wonder and joy. Well, except for the part where Zoey needs to steal an ancient gem from the Queen of Faery in order to prevent Louis Marini from killing Daniel.
Reunited with her whole crew, stealing the magical artifact should be relatively easy, but unknown to Zoey, Dev, and Daniel, there are dark forces gathering against them. As her search for the Blood Stone gets underway, Zoey makes a startling discovery that will change her life, and Dev and Daniel’s forever.
When her new enemy finally strikes at Zoey from the shadows, her newfound happiness is shattered, and to avenge the horrific attack, Dev prepares his mother’s kingdom for war. Recovering from the attempt on her life, Zoey and Daniel desperately search for the stone and in the process unmask the real monster behind the assault.
Stopping the real threat, and saving Daniel, will force Zoey to choose sides in an epic war between the Seelie and Unseelie Fae, even if it means betraying Dev and his people.
Dev nodded that we were ready to be announced and then we walked down a magnificent marble staircase. Twenty steps led us into a huge ballroom that had been set for the royal banquet.
I held on firmly to both their arms because the last thing I needed was to tumble down the stairs and break a limb. I looked out over the crowd and realized Dev had been right. Everyone was hoping for a big scene. They were whispering behind their hands and gawking. They moved their attention between the three of us and the woman at the end of the hall.
I glanced up and got my first glimpse of my mother-in-law.
Miria, Queen of Faery, sat upon her throne before me. There was a raised platform with three chairs. Miria sat on the largest of the three in between two slightly smaller thrones. All three were carved from oak and elaborate in their design. Declan sat in one to her right, a look of aloof superiority on his face. I’d been told the seat to her left was the one Dev used. There were several people standing around the queen, and I suspected they were counselors and high nobles. Padric stood closest to the queen. It was fitting as he was both the head of security for the royal family and the queen’s lover.
Miria, Queen of Faery, was gloriously lovely. I was surprised to find she had long strawberry-blonde hair. I guessed the twins got their dark good looks from their father. Miria was fair but by no means bland. Her face was delicately sculpted, with high cheek bones and a lush mouth. Her eyes marked her as the twins’ relative. They were emerald green and sparkled with the same intelligence Dev had.
“Dude,” Daniel said as we approached the throne. “That’s your mom?”
She didn’t look old enough to be his mom, but that was the way it was with the Fae. They reached their prime and just stopped aging. Miria looked to be about twenty-five. Dev was twenty-seven now and would look older than his mother or brother had he not been taking Daniel’s blood regularly. Daniel’s blood stopped the aging process in humans when taken on a regular basis. I’d begun noticing that for Dev, it seemed to actually reverse aging a little. The fine lines around his eyes he got when he laughed had disappeared.
Miria tried to maintain her cool composure but the closer we got the more her eyes ate up the sight of her son. I saw her eyes get glossy with unshed tears, and she reached out to Declan. He patted his mother’s hand and for a moment looked less like a brat prince.
“Good evening, Mother,” Dev said formally as we reached the throne. He bowed deeply.
I could see her son’s formal tone was not what the queen had been hoping for. “Devinshea, it is good to see you.”
Dev didn’t give her anything. He nodded but chose to introduce us rather than reply. “Mother, this is my goddess, Zoey. And this is my partner, Daniel Donovan. I assume Declan brought you up to speed on my living arrangements.”
That last was said coolly and with just a hint of challenge. He was just begging for his mother to say something disparaging about his lifestyle.
Miria had none of that. She smiled broadly and stood, causing Declan to quickly get his butt up as well. She wore a lovely white gown and a crown that sparkled in the candlelight. “Yes, of course. Declan and Padric both spoke highly of your wife and partner.”
Declan snorted at that. He didn’t like Danny. It probably had something to do with the fact that Daniel had kicked his ass the first time they met. “I certainly did not. I spoke poorly of him.”
Miria ignored her elder son. She stepped off the platform and walked to us. She stood before me. “It is so good to meet you, daughter,” she said with what seemed like complete sincerity. She kissed my cheek and gave me a long look. She laughed brightly. “Well, Devinshea, you certainly brought a beauty home. You are lovely, dear.”
“She is beautiful but not obedient,” Declan noted. “That is not the dress I told her to wear.”
“Hush,” she admonished. “The dress is stunning and suits her far more than anything in our style. Our styles would swallow her beautiful body. Declan, you were right about her breasts. They are delicious looking.”
The last bit was said with a slight breathless appreciation. I felt Danny tense beside me as he tried hard not to laugh at my sudden discomfort. My mother-in-law was looking me over with a sensual smile.
“I told you,” Declan said with a lecherous grin.
Dev leaned over and whispered in my ear. “Mother swings both ways. Sorry I didn’t mention that before.”
I gave him a “what the hell” look but Miria was moving on to Daniel.
“I should be upset with your presence, Mr. Donovan,” Miria said, looking him over. “Devinshea was supposed to keep you under control until I decided if you were dangerous or not.”
Dev started to argue but Daniel stepped up to the plate.
“I assure you, Your Highness, I am perfectly harmless,” he said with more charm than I’d heard him use on any woman but me. Dev was rubbing off on my vampire. Daniel was imitating his smooth tones.
Miria looked Daniel up and down, from his Ferragamo loafers to his perfectly cropped blond hair. “I doubt that, Mr. Donovan. I think you could do some serious damage.”
I saw Padric roll his eyes and mutter, “Not again.”
“How about I promise to be a good boy?” Daniel offered, his voice a dark seduction. I stopped myself from giggling because Danny was getting good at this.
“Please don’t.” Miria’s lips curled up. “Where would be the fun in that?”
“Mother!” Dev said sounding completely prudish for the first time in my relationship with him.
Declan snickered beside his brother.
Miria turned her attention back to her son. “Well, Devinshea, when you bring such lovely bodies home, what do you expect? They are exotic and look like they would be excellent bedmates. It would be rude not to admire them.”
Yes, she was definitely Declan’s mom.
“The Earth plane has changed my brother,” Declan complained. “It has turned him into a squeamish old woman. He refuses to even think about sharing Zoey with me. He pulled a gun on me just for cuddling with her.”
“I would have done worse.” Daniel looked at Declan and his fangs were long suddenly. “And I don’t need a gun.”
The rest of the room was startled and seemed to take a big step back, but Miria stood her ground. She went toe to toe with Daniel. She was definitely interested in those fangs.
She spoke to her son but her eyes were on Daniel. “Declan, you should know vampires are possessive creatures. It is impressive that Devinshea was able to forge a ménage with such a powerful creature and his companion. It makes a statement about his prowess. I am proud of you, son. You have done well. Tell me, Mr. Donovan, do you bite my son?”
“As often as possible,” Daniel replied with no hint of self-consciousness. “I find faery blood to be quite the treat.”
“Yes,” she returned with regret. “Unfortunately, it is why I was forced to close the mounds to your kind. Your kind likes our blood, and we tend to like your bite, Mr. Donovan. I found it to be a combustible mix.”
“Please call me Daniel,” my vampire offered smoothly.
“I will,” Miria promised. “And you and your companion may refer to me as Miria or mother if you like. I am your mother-in-law. Formally, of course, for Zoey, but I completely recognize your relationship and approve. I am pleased to welcome you. You will be treated as a member of this family, Daniel.”
“Good,” Dev said between clenched teeth. “Then you can stop hitting on him. And for the record, while I feed my partner, we are not lovers beyond the fact that we share Zoey.”
Miria looked startled. “Why ever not, son? He is attractive. I did not raise you to be so close minded. You should …what is that human term you told me about, Declan?”
“Hit that,” Declan supplied helpfully.
“Yes, Devinshea, you should hit that,” Miria said seriously.
Daniel finally lost it, and there were tears in his eyes as he laughed. He leaned over, whispering to Dev. “Shit, man, we should have come here earlier. This is awesome.”
Dev turned to me. “My goddess, what are the chances of the floor opening up and swallowing me whole, sending me to a blissful oblivion?”
“Not so good. Sorry.” Miria made me feel better about my dad.
“I think we should begin dinner now,” Padric said sourly, looking at Daniel with a shake of his head. He took Miria’s arm and started to lead her to the head table. Already servants were rushing to action.
Danny just couldn’t help it. “Dev, your mom’s a total cougar, man.”
I grinned as Dev blushed for the first time in…ever. “My mother is five hundred thirty-two years old. Cougar does not apply.”
“Sabertooth, then.” Daniel just had to rub it in.
Steal The Sun will take you on an epic and magical adventure that you will never want to end. Lexi takes you on a mysterious journey through the land of the Seelie and Unseelie Sithein filled with action and suspense like you have never experienced.
I found myself dreading the last few pages because I knew the story would be over for a while and I would have to anxiously await Steal The Night.
Zoey and Dev are now officially married and are headed to Devs home to meet his mother the queen of Faery. It’s Zoey and Devs honeymoon, a joyous time for everyone, so what could possibly go wrong? Besides the fact that they are travelling with an entourage that includes: three wolves who love the taste of faery creatures, a witch, an angel, and a vampire. And this IS Zoey we are talking about. As we have seen in the past trouble never follows Zoey :).
“Zoey.” Neil looked at me with big blue eyes from across the table. “They wouldn’t call them brownies if they didn’t taste good.”
“Did you learn nothing from the pixies?” I shot my werewolf a nasty look, remembering the day not too many weeks ago that I scrubbed his scalp raw getting rid of the fleas a certain ruby red pixie had left him as payment for trying to make her a little snack.
As they enter into Dev’s hometown Zoey is bombarded, as she knew she would be, with women throwing themselves at her husband. He was always their green man and now that he had taken on Bris (the ancient god of fertility), the women cannot keep their hands off of him. The fact that he had probably slept with most of them in the past might have had something to do with all of their excitement. Zoey is a better woman than I that’s for sure. I don’t think I could stand that many women throwing themselves at my man.
I felt really bad for Daniel at this point because the poor thing was being dragged through Faery in a coffin The fae were not terribly fond of vampires. I laughed hysterically through the beginning of their journey.
“How exactly is the vampire doing anything in his coffin when you were supposed to make certain he was wrapped in silver chains?”
Dev didn’t bother to look guilty. He stared his brother down. “Well, he is my partner. Those chains are uncomfortable. They burn his skin. He’s also good at revenge. I wrap him in chains and I assure you he spends the entire trip coming up with some way to get me back.”
“Are we there yet?” Daniel must have been screaming because even I heard him.
“No,” Dev screamed back, not caring that his whole town was watching the byplay. “Suck it up, Donovan. I’m drinking.”
“That beer better be worth it, Quinn!”
It does not take long though for someone to make an attempt to take Zoey’s life and from then no one is safe. Everyone that was once thought of as a friend is now looked upon as an enemy. Zoey also has a task to complete that is quite dangerous. If she does not complete the task Danny could die. Zoey must get to the blood stone. This is where our journey takes a very suspenseful turn and where Zoey has to trust those that are not trusted by anyone else in order to complete her mission. She is the key to stopping a war that could end the Seelie. The problem is will Dev stand with her this time, or will he stand with his people? Will he be blinded by rage because of what has been taken from him? Can he find his way back to the light of his life before its too late? Grab your copy of Steal The Sun and find out. I can’t wait for Steal The Night.
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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.
Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are four more books available in the series: Their Virgin’s Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess and Their Virgin Hostage. The next book in the series, Their Virgin Secretary, is coming to Amazon this April.
In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. The first five novels, The Dom Who Loved Me, The Men with the Golden Cuffs, A Dom is Forever, On Her Master’s Secret Service, and Love and Let Die are available now, along with a novella titled Sanctum. The sixth novel, Dungeon Royale, is coming in February of 2014 along with two new novellas, Unconditional, releasing in January of 2014 and Dungeon Games, coming in May of 2014.
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