Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Maiden and the Mercenary by Nicola Locke - Book Blitz + Giveaway

The Maiden and the Mercenary

Keep your friends close…

But your enemies closer?

In order to find a legendary treasure map, mercenary Louve of Mei Solis must infiltrate his enemy’s fortress under the guise of a servant. There, Louve meets beautiful maiden Biedeluue, a fellow servant with her own hidden agenda…to save her sister from the malevolent Lord’s clutches! Their high-stakes missions may be at odds with one other, but their attraction cannot be denied even in this most dangerous of situations…

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This is from the scene where the heroine, Biedeluue, meets Louve, the hero. She’s in the kitchen playing a drinking game with other servant by stacking goblets on table. He’s just been hired as Usher (overseer of the kitchens). He’s truly a mercenary on a secret mission, of course, she’s on a secret mission to save her sister. But right now, she fell from the table-top and Louve caught her. They both have to stay ‘in character.’

Louve had his arms full to brimming around trouble. There was no other word for the woman who’d completely dismantled a kitchen, his authority and who, though her skin was a shade closer to grey than the vibrant rose hue from before, was, none the less, absolutely breathtakingly riveting.

Anything less and his body would have immediately reacted differently. Caught her. Released her. Not clutched her closer like a boy feeling a woman’s breast for the first time. Not gallantly catering to her inebriated state, ordering her a throne to sit upon, like some knight of lore. Not still holding her close when his superior, who’d hired him on a probationary period, was standing in front of them, his brow arched over a pointed gaze.

A gaze he’d have perfected as his position demanded, but which Louve could belittle and demean with a swift…

He wasn’t a warrior. Louve immediately hunched. The woman in his arms slipped and he had one choice. One. To keep supporting her and reveal his true strength that came about after years of sword training, or…

Louve dropped her.

 Biedeluue was going to punch the stranger. Just as soon as her head stopped spinning and her rear stopped stinging. She would get off this floor, grab a goblet and knock it solidly on to that jawline.

Shouting. Different voices. One over the other. Steward’s, certainly, and Tess, who was foolishly defending her. Her feet weren’t working. Why were her feet going in opposite directions? The stranger’s legs were annoyingly steady.

They were also ominously quiet. He was silent. That sneaky bastard. Getting her and her friend in trouble. She heard him ordering people about, but now the Steward was in the kitchen he’d gone mute while the rest of them looked contrite. When she finally stood, she would knock him down faster than a drunken Galen.

What she needed was something…a chair! Biedeluue crawled to it.

‘Stay down,’ the stranger hissed.

Like hell she would.

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Nicole first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced that hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly).

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