“Live in the moment with me.”
That’s what he asked Dahlia to do, and she did, because after a near death experience, her motto was to live life to the fullest. She gave him everything. Her body. Her heart. Then it all came to an abrupt end. She didn’t anticipate he wouldn’t trust her. She didn’t anticipate she couldn’t trust him.
He wants his son.
Three years later, Prince Kofi returns and he’s not the same man. He’s bitter and angry and knows he has a son. He’ll do whatever it takes to bring his heir back to Zamibia, even if it means marrying the woman he believes betrayed him.
Dahlia must now raise her son in a culture she doesn’t fully understand, but when a nightmare strikes the royal family, will it bring her and Kofi closer together, or tear them apart for good?
His brows snapped together. “I never lied to you.”
“Yes, you did! How dare you come into my home and question me. Get out.”
“Dahlia.” Her name was a low warning.
“How dare you! After three years? Who do you think you are?”
“And not even a word of apology. You know I never stole from you. You had to know. But no, you would never apologize. You’re the mighty Prince Kofi Francois Karunzika. Go back to Africa and leave me the hell alone.” Dahlia marched over to the door and yanked it open. “Get out!”
In the hallway, Abdalla remained as immovable as a block of stone.
Kofi came to his feet in a swift, lithe movement. “Do you think you can just throw me out like a piece of rubbish?”
“This is not Zamibia. You don’t have any power in this country. Your word is not law. If you don’t leave now, I’ll call the police and have you escorted from the building.”
“Is that so?” A slow smile spread across his handsome face. “Close the door, Dahlia. I’m not going anywhere.”
“I mean it, if you don’t leave—”
“You. Will. Do. Nothing.”
His dark eyes glittered at her from across the room, and trepidation skittered down her spine. He was way too confident, even for Kofi.
“You know,” he said, using a conversational tone, “I had no idea you moved from New York. Imagine my surprise when the investigator told me he found you here, in Atlanta.”
“Why were you looking for me?” Dahlia asked hoarsely, a tightness in her chest she couldn’t explain.
“Never mind why. I had my reasons,” Kofi replied, voice as hard as steel. “Why did you leave New York?”
“I wanted a fresh start.”
“Is that the only reason?” He was enjoying playing his little game, not giving anything away until he was ready. The Conquering Lion of the tribe of Mbutu. Like a lion, he toyed with his defenseless prey, circling, not striking, until he was ready to devour it.
“Y-yes.” The lie constricted her throat so tightly it hurt to speak. The cost of living was cheaper in Atlanta than New York, and though she no longer worked in property management, at least here she could pay the bills and take care of her son.
“I’ve given you ample opportunity to tell me the truth. If I am a liar, so are you, olufeh mi.” The endearment didn’t hold the same appeal as before. Not when he used it to punctuate a veiled threat.
Dahlia’s fingers tightened on the door she had yet to release. He’d known all along. That’s why he was here. “No,” she said quietly, shaking her head slowly, denying the inevitable.
“Yes, Dahlia. I know your secret. I know you carried my firstborn inside you when you left New York. Close the door and sit down. I’m not leaving. Not without my son.”
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