Bailey is an erstwhile heiress to Earth and Fae Magick, protector of the portal into Faerie. And she hates it. Jayce needs to find a proper Queen to rule the Spring Court with him. Beckett has become jaded with life as the Prince of the Summer Court. Tobin, Prince of the Autumn Court, is a hopeless romantic still searching for the love of his very long Fae life. Murder, mystery and romance await all four as they traverse Faerie and Earth, searching for the murderer of Bailey's grandfather. They might be able to survive any attack from outsiders, but will they be able to survive each other as romance and intrigue colors their lives?View More
"Hello Wife." His voice was pure sin. It sent a shiver down Bailey's spine and the sudden urge to lick his dark skin overcame her. She swayed toward the lethal man, her body firmly in charge as her mind tried to catch up. "Arawn, darling!" Danu clapped her hands, breaking the spell on Bailey. "How was your nap?"He didn't turn his dark gaze from Bailey. "Nap, Mother?" He blinked slowly, his lips hiking in a sardonic grin. "I would hardly call sleeping for the last six and a half centuries a nap." "A necessary evil." Danu's voice was full of warmth and Bailey had to keep her Magick in check. She wanted to throttle the Goddess. "Come, Titania, we must be away to Annwn." Arawn reached for her imperiously. Bailey shrank back, keeping her eyes on his. She couldn't look away if she tried. They were so dark she couldn't find his pupil. Most fae had tri-colored eyes. Arawn's were pure obsidian. He frowned, a line slashing between his brows, when Bailey didn't jump into his arms. She fel
Bailey pressed her back into the wall behind her. Danu continued to chatter about her upcoming nuptials but all she could hear was Beckett telling her that Arawn would have to go through them to get to her. It was beginning to look like that wouldn't be much of an issue, with Danu's plans. "No." Bailey interrupted Danu's monologue. "I will not marry Arawn. I have three mates already. I don't need a fourth. Especially someone I don't even know." "Sweet girl, I know you have three mates. I selected them for you specifically with this marriage in mind." Danu crossed her arms. "You will need others in your corner. Arawn is temperamental at best, and an ogre on his worst days. Your other mates are your buffer. With your marriage, you'll have a complete set." Bailey shook her head, squaring her shoulders. She could feel the infamous Fee stubbornness stiffen her spine. Even if she wasn't Jonas' blood, he still raised her. "I meant what I said. I will not marry a man, or God, just becaus
Bailey stared at the Goddess in front of her. She was arranging little tea cakes on a platter, and Bailey was sure she was having an out of body experience. Maybe the magick finally did her in. Maybe this was death."How do you take your tea, dear?" Danu's voice broke though Bailey's haze and she blinked stupidly."I--" She struggled for words. "I don't really drink tea. I've always been more of a coffee girl."Danu tutted softly, grabbing a gorgeous little cup with wildflowers painted on it. "Don't be ridiculous, everyone drinks tea." She placed a couple cubes of sugar in the bottom of the cup, and then poured an aromatic tea into it.Bailey's nose flared as she caught the scent of lavender and chamomile. There was another, earthier smell that offset the floral scent. She took the cup and set it in front of her."I would suggest a touch of cream, it tempers the sweetness." Danu sipped daintily from her own cup and sighed in satisfaction. "So how are you finding Tir Na Nog?""Beautiful
Bailey stared at the portal in front of her. The mirrored surface shimmered with a rainbow of colors. It was different than the portal into Faerie. The magick that swirled in the air around her was tamer by comparison.Jayce leaned against the wall, and her eyes sought him out. He gave her a soft smile that did funny things to her stomach. There was something between them, something new and unsaid. It was exciting."As much as I enjoy watching you eye-fuck Spring, you need to get your thoughts under control." Beckett leaned into her.She lifted her hand and stroked one of his antlers. They were so velvety that she couldn't stop herself any time she was close enough. He groaned, hands snatching at her waist. "We don't have time for this.""We should make time." She grinned up at him, unrepentant.A loud cough at the doorway startled her. Viridios smirked as he sauntered in. "Hope I'm not interrupting."Jayce chuckled, straightening up from his slouched position on the wall. "Of course n
They shuffled out into the hall after being dismissed by Viridios. Bailey felt the anger she held back swell inside of her. "What is your major malfunction, Jayce?" She reached out and snagged the prince by the arm. "I thought we were over this binding business!""Yeah, when I thought you were a Halfling." Jayce shook her off. He crossed his arms and glared. "I don't fancy spending a lot of time in Annwn, since you're Arawn's fated bride.""That isn't fair!" She cocked her hands on her hips and rolled her eyes. "I was barely getting used to the idea of being an Inherent before I thought I would. Now I'm a full-blooded fae changeling who has no idea who my real parents are, with a wellspring of wild Fae Magick inside me that shouldn't even be able to be there!" She threw her hands up. "Why must everything be so difficult with you. I thought Beckett was going to be the taciturn one.""Hey! I'm a pleasure, I'll have you know!" Beckett exclaimed, causing Bailey to shoot him a quick smile.
"She's what?!" Bailey flinched back at Viridios' tone. It wasn't that he was loud, but there was a vehement incredulousness that made her hackles rise. "That can't be possible, she wouldn't be able to hold the portal Magick. The Halflings are of both worlds, so their bodies can support the wild Fae Magick without being torn to ribbons. She would have imploded if she were a changeling.""Has that theory ever been tested?" Beckett gripped the back of a plush armchair. "Has any fae with enough of their own power been brought to the portals? Or did we use low fae and decide it wasn't viable?"Jayce sighed, scrubbing his hands over his face. "Is it possible, instead, that being raised in the human realm has changed her genetic makeup in such a way to allow for her body to handle the influx of portal Magick?" He looked so tired that Bailey itched to reach out and touch him. "There's a simple spell we could perform to check, isn't there? One that proves the veracity of changeling claims?""Yo
Jayce burst into the clearing. Bailey was on her feet, lifting a goblin by his filthy clothes. She was pure light, her Magick so hot that he was afraid to step closer to her. The Goblin's shriek lifted the hair on his arms as it's flesh began to bubble on its face. Blood flecked it's thin lips, but Bailey only shook it."How dare you." She hissed. "How dare you touch what is mine." Blisters rose on the Goblin's gray leathery skin, "I don't know who this Arawn is, but here's a message for your 'Lord', if he seeks to harm what is mine, I will raze his flesh from his bones and piss in his ashes." Bailey flung the goblin and it smacked against a tree. It pulled itself up, it's mangled face a mask of terror before it loped off into the darkness.Bailey turned to Tobin, on the ground and unnaturally still. Dark stains married his pale skin and his leg was at an odd angle. Bailey still shone with the light of the sun, her Magick whipping around her in deadly tendrils.Beckett surged past him,
"I feel like the wardrobe could've provided me with something a little more formal." Bailey muttered as they made their way into the large dining hall. She felt under-dressed as a fae in a gorgeous gossamer outfit sidled past them. Eostre hadn't been kidding when she said there would be an event that evening. The hall was filled with fae of every type, all of them trying to get a look at the newly sithen-crowned Queen of the Spring Court.Jayce stood at her side, stiff and unyielding. His face was a mask of bored indifference as lines of fae made their way to greet them. Bailey felt distinctly uncomfortable as the denizens of the Court chatted and mingled around her. "Remind me why this is necessary."Jayce smiled down at her, his mask slipping as his eyes softened. "They are curious. They want to know who I've sparked with.""So this is the Halfling." A whiny voice rose above the din of the crowd, and Bailey felt her jaw tighten automatically. The nasal whine set her teeth on edge. A
Bailey felt her heart rate kick up, meeting Beckett's gaze in the mirror. She knew she should be satisfied. She knew she shouldn't feel the clench of need low in her belly. She knew.But her traitorous body leaned into his touch, seeking just the right amount of pressure. She rolled her hips forward against his hand, groaning as his fingers curled into her. She lifted her hand, pressing into his and grinding. She watched his eyes darken in the mirror."Are you sure you want this right now, little Halfling?" She had never been more sure of anything in her life, as her lower body flooded with molten heat. She nodded, not trusting her voice. He shook his head, "I need to hear you say it.""I want this." She whispered back softly. His fingers spread her open, teasing against her flesh. She gasped, her head dropping back against his chest.He smirked at her in the mirror, before wrapping his other arm around her waist and lifting her. He turned them both, tossing her onto the bed as if she
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