Strong willed and beautiful, Candace, Queen of the Amazonian planet Kush is used to fighting battles, giving orders and subservient men. From birth she is taught the art of war and that men are the enemy. What she hates more than a man is a domineering man!With a body as powerful as a god’s, the heir to the Akkadian throne is far from subservient. A man of honor, Ares is all masculine dominance!When war tears their planets apart the two are faced with entering into a marriage contract in order to save their kingdoms and their people. Forced into a marriage neither wants, at every turn the two warriors clash as they battle for dominance.
But what begins as a marriage of convenience quickly turns into something more as they fight their growing passion and hunger for each other. The ultimate challenge comes when they are forced to forsake their old beliefs for a chance at a future together.
Can two fighting spirits learn the ultimate lesson of surrendering to their hearts?
At last inside their private chambers, Ares released her. He’d barely closed the door before she spun on him, whipping her open palm across his right cheek.
“How dare you!” she fumed as she shot him a look of fury.
Ares wasn’t angry before but he was getting there. She wasn’t some weak little female. His face tingled from the force of her strike. Rubbing his cheek he edged into her personal space, letting his full size overwhelm her, as he knew it would. Unconsciously she stumbled back, before his free hand shot out to grasp her arm, steadying her.
His eyes narrowed in anger. “I thought I was doing us both a favor. You have been there all day and you would have been there all night! You are tired and apparently a little frustrated if my cheek is any evidence,” he bit out angrily.
“Seeing that we are newly joined, I was hoping to spend some time with you, but maybe that is too much to ask!” He had not meant to raise his voice, but he concluded that all of the troubles of the day must have finally caught up with him.
“You cannot do that ever again! You cannot just usurp my power in front of my people.”
Her eyes narrowed. “You risk much with your high handed ways, Ares. You must understand that the women of Kush do not take well to male authority—”
“I’ve noticed,” Ares snorted.
Shooting him a chilly glare, Candace continued.
“If you over rule my power in front of my women, they will not follow me. They will see me as weak and question the extent of your influence over me. If for one moment they think that you are controlling me they will rebel and everything that we have worked so hard for will be for naught.”
Ares knew she spoke the truth which is why he brought his temper back under control to reason with her.
“I understand that Candace, but I am a king used to giving orders and having them followed. I am also a man who believes in protecting his wife, his woman. I will not, I cannot rule along side you as some consort. I must be respected as your equal or else my people will question my ability to lead as well.”
Sighing, Candace pushed her thick hair behind her shoulder, her eyes defeated. “Why didn’t we think of this before?”
Ares wanted to say because they were too busy trying to get each others clothes off, but he wisely remained silent on that point.
“How could we not see what it would mean to try to bring two rulers together? How are we going to make this work?” Candace frowned.
Ares reached out to stroke her cheek, his eyes gentle, “It will be hard I’m sure, but I know we can work through this.”
Pausing for a moment, his eyes turned serious, “I was wrong today. I should have spoken to you in private. That will not happen again. In the future, we cannot challenge the other’s authority in public. Before others we must be seen as a single entity.”
Smiling, Candace met his blue gaze. So you admit you were wrong?”
Was she teasing him? When he saw the little glint of mischief in her eyes he knew she was. Smiling back he muttered, “Yes, my queen I was wrong.”
“I’m sorry. I didn’t hear you.” Her eyes twinkled with laughter.
Grabbing her by the waist, Ares pulled Candace into his arms so that she was pressed against his body. Nuzzling his lips against her neck he whispered into her ear. “Can you hear me now? I was wrong.”
Laughing, Candace snaked her arms behind his neck.
“Thank you for that,” she said before adding, “I am sorry for hitting you as well. I was wrong too. It will not happen again,” she frowned as she looked towards the floor.
Lifting her chin with his finger he held her gaze. “Apology accepted,” he said gently, his eyes filled with understanding.
He paused for several moments as if considering his next words. “You are right. We both have to get used to sharing power, but if we agree to keep our arguments private and support each other in public, well that is a start.”
Candace smiled at his words before adding.
“Thank you for dragging me away. I truly was exhausted.”
She then glanced up at him, “And I missed you,” she whispered softly.
Leaning back slightly, Ares gazed into her eyes. “Hmmm. You did? How much?”
She grinned then. Molding her body to his, she could feel Ares’ erection growing harder as the seconds ticked by.
“Let me show you,” she whispered.
His breath lodged in his chest as Candace slid down the length of his body, before dropping to her knees before him…….
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