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Blood of Destruction (Cursed Fae of Orphydice Manor Book 1.5)

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She's more than just a scullery maid. He's nothing but a steward. Surely not enough to distract an ascending queen.

Zahra always knew what her destiny was, and even without the gift of sight, she knows the path she must tread to achieve it. What she didn't anticipate, though, was just how deeply she would feel the sacrifices she must make.

After all, a human sacrifice must be made if she is to take vengeance upon the current King of the Duat and ascend to the throne. And if that sacrifice is a trusting mortal maid named Salma, so be it.

Whatever the cost, Zahra will do what needs to be done. Carefully, though, to avoid the ever-watchful eye of the young steward who has foolishly become enamored of her and thinks he sees something that is not there; something that is lost forever. Zahra would know, because sometimes, she too can see. But only when the blood of another is on her tongue . . .

Blood of Destruction is an alternate POV in the haunting, slow-burn, no-spice fae romance series, Cursed Fae of the House of Orphydice. It lays the foundation for a gender-swapped Hades & Persephone that will be fulfilled in the longer series.

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Blood of Destruction (Cursed Fae of Orphydice Manor Book 1.5)

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Tropes You'll Love

stabby heroine
slow burn romance
secret identity
villain romance
age gap
workplace romance

Content Rating

3. Romance with moderate romantic content (heavier kissing)

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He doesn’t budge except for his heartbeat, which is pounding furiously below my fingers. One of his hands slides from my side to cover my hand over his heartbeat, trapping it there.

“And what . . .” His tone is so soaked in restrained passion, I’m not sure I’d be able to make out his words if it weren’t for my keen hearing. “What, pray tell, would it take for a man to prove himself to you?”

My own heart is pounding, and I don’t like that. I had forgotten I even had a heart. Began to think I was born without one. “A true man would know the answer to that.”

Using the new opening by my side, I slide to freedom, away from the counter, and a few inches further away from Lateef. But he still has my hand.

“I’m not sure, Miss Zahra, that you’ll approve of how I know to do so.”

I shake myself away from staring at the hand that won’t obey me and break free and turn my gaze back to unfocused. Because I’m tired of pretending to be less than I am. Just as I’m sure Lateef is tired of keeping himself in the tidy box that he prepared for himself. I meet his fiery gaze for a daring second. “Do it.”

Lateef drops his hold over my hand, and I realize with horror that it no longer has any excuse to remain there. Yet it does remain. Before I can make myself pull away, Lateef brings the disobedient appendage closer to me by swooping toward me. I can barely track his movements with my poor eyesight, but one arm is wrapped possessively around my waist, and the other is clutching my jawline. That hand tips my face upward. Then his lips find mine.


Jes Drew

Jes Drew is the author of more than forty books including Embrace of Shadows, Bond of Destruction, and Betrayal & Banditry. She is still debating if having a fae husband is worth the hassle.

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