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In this scene from For Women Only, Khyff awakens beside Mehfawni, the feline-humanoid Kin ambassador to the Tarthian Empire. He’d been ordered to seduce her, part of a complicated ploy by the Empress, who wants to remove Mehfawni from the Kin line of succession. It took no time on Khyff’s part. The moment Mehfawni saw the gorgeous blond and blue-eyed human, she pursued him.
Khyff drifted off to sleep, more comfortable than he could remember being in years and woke sometime later to the feel of a hand sliding down his abs and across his belly. He opened his eyes.
When she noticed he was watching her, mild surprise widened Mehfawni’s big golden eyes with their jade green flecks. “Oh, you’re awake.”
“I hope I didn’t wake you. You looked…” She sighed. “I wanted to touch you. You’re so smooth.”
“It’s okay. You can touch me any time you like.” He stretched. It felt good to be rested. No light showed at the windows. “What time is it?”
She shrugged. “I pay no attention to such things. Local time. Tradestandard time. Time zones. Time to hold council. Time to sleep.” She hooked her claws into the air, a picture of frustration. “My staff open doors and pour wine and feed me. They lay out my clothes and draw my bath. All the rest of my life is work.” She dragged the tips of her claws down his body.
Khyff’s skin jumped, still hypersensitive after their riotous lovemaking.
“This–” she stroked his belly “–is outside time. This is my time. I will not look at clocks while I’m with you.”
Warmth swept over him that had nothing to do with sex. He turned the feeling over in his mind, unsure what to make of it, and held out his arms.
She moved into his embrace, body flush against his at leg and groin, skin pressed against his. She lay half atop him, leaning a bit to one side, propped on one elbow.
“Are you hungry, Khyff?”
He hadn’t noticed until she asked. “Starving. I have plenty of food in the kitchen. What would you like?”
“You can have me, too.”
She tapped his nose and sat up. “I want to take you out to dinner. In Tarth City, surely there is always food ready somewhere.”
“I know plenty of places.” Alitus had told him to prepare to be spoiled. Kin females were accustomed to being in charge. Khyff hadn’t mentioned he was used to women paying his way. They liked to flaunt him to their friends and display him like a new charm on their wrist bracelets. Look what I bought.
“Somewhere quiet.” Mehfawni folded her legs, elbows on her knees. “I don’t wish others to gawk at you when you’re with me.”
Again, the unexpected.
She gave a slight sniff. “Gawk is not the word? I know Etymis from classes.”
“Gawk is correct. You speak Etymis flawlessly. Hardly an accent at all.”
“I don’t say b’s right.”
“Bees? Buzzing bees?”
She giggled. “Letter b’s. We have no b in Felis.”
“You say them fine.”
“Not like humans.”
“Say something b-ish.”
“B-ish?” She wiggled her nose as if sniffing. “This is a word?”
“Sure it is. I made it up.”
Khyff absorbed the sound of her voice as if it were water on the dry sponge of his soul. It filled him with joy until he thought he’d burst. Having her there beside him, laughing, enjoying time with him…he could scarcely take it in.
“B-ish. Hmm.” She tapped a claw againster her full lower lip. “Bed. Beautiful. Boy. Beautiful bad boy.” Her hot gaze raked down him. “Beautiful bad boy in bed.”
For Women Only – Antonello Brothers Series by Kayelle Allen
Just as Khyff begins a new life safe from the anguish of his past, a threat against his brother forces Khyff back into a profession he vowed never to practice again.
Khyff must seduce and then betray an alien ambassador whose people devastated his family.
Hatred for the aliens burns within him, but unless Khyff can learn to embrace the past, face the demons he swore he’d forget, and find a way to forgive, his brother will die.
He didn’t expect an alien to have such honor. He didn’t expect to trust her. He didn’t expect to fall in love. And he didn’t expect to reveal his betrayal…
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