Hi everyone! Welcome to our blog tour stop of 'Pharaoh, Mine', by Kerry Adrienne.
This is not my first novella published by Decadent Publishing, and so far I have enjoyed each little steamy escape that has come my way. At 47 Pages, this was a short little read, but a delicious one. :)
Check out my review, and a sneak peek of this short story which follows! There is also a giveaway at the end of this post to win your very own copy of this novella.
Title: Pharaoh, Mine
Series: All Mine #3 | 1Night Stand
Author: Kerry Adrienne
Genre: Time travel, Erotic Romance,
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
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Kathryn is a veterinarian with a cause—she risks her financial security to help local cat rescue groups. When a stray cat, black with one green eye and one blue, meows at her door one night, Kathryn’s view of rescues changes quickly.
In Ancient Egypt, the throne is passed to the firstborn son, and when the sun rises over his father’s fresh tomb, Seti will claim his crown. Seti doesn’t want to rule, but the only other option is death, and his half-brother is happy to oblige.
Though Seti and Kathryn each need fulfillment in their lives, for one night they find peace in each other’s arms. At dawn, Bast will return to ferry them back to their responsibilities.
Mmmm, a nice glass of wine, some lit candles, maybe break open your favorite chocolate bar (in my case, Lindt's Sea Salt Dark Chocolate)... and begin.
This is not my first '1Night Stand' novella, so I expected quick development. Yet the author was quite good at exploring Kathryn's and Seti's characters that I found them believable.
Though, it is not surprising to me, that their immediate connection did not ring as natural, as their individual lives were. Not to mention that they are both from very different eras, and their meeting is definitely out of the norm, of a magical nature of course.
But though I did have issues with the believability of the situation, especially the ending of their story, it was no less enjoyable. After all, I take these short stories as escapes and fantasies. Nothing is impossible in a fantasy. So why not?
Why not take on a one night stand with a complete stranger arranged by one of your friends?
Why not time travel centuries back in time for this one night stand?
Why not fall in love with Egypt's appointed Pharaoh during your first night together?
Why not enjoy an hour of an aromatic, full bodied glass (or glasses) of wine, your favorite chocolate bar, and "Pharaoh, Mine" where one woman's story has all of the above? It was an hour well spent for me.
The king’s sarcophagus lay on a large carved stone in the center of the torch lit chamber. Seti paced across the compacted dirt, the oily smoke from the flames trailing behind him in a whirlwind of memory. Musky incense swirled over mounds of beaded offerings to the gods. He fell onto his knees, trembling. The lone melody of a cane ney snaked down into the tomb, the musician somewhere outside, with most of the mourners.
“Father,” he whispered. No tears came. He fingered the painted hieroglyphs lining the edges of the wooden likeness of his father. The markings told stories of the king’s honored past. The wars. The blood. The lives cut short and the many children. Many brothers.
“And I am firstborn. Why?” He pressed his sandal toe against the earthen floor and balled his hands into fists. Shaking, he stormed over to the servants who knelt by the vizier at the tomb’s entrance. “Leave!”
The servants, half-bowing, scampered through the shortened doorway. Seti shook his head. They scurried like startled rats who had been lurking in shadows, waiting for the humans to leave the kitchen so they could rush out and steal crumbs.
“My king, you must calm down,” the vizier said. The old man moved his staff side to side, in deference.
“I am not yet king, Pensekhmet. Not until morning.” Seti rested his head on his father’s image, freshly kohled on the surface of the wooden coffin. The paint smelled of sharp pine and heavy clay, alive and fresh—but his bitter old father lay inside—wrapped in linen and empty of his soul. The tyrant had finally had passed into the afterworld. Even now, he walked with the gods.
“When the sun rises, you will be king. It is time to put away your childish notions and accept your destiny.”
Seti beat his fists against the wood in a slow rhythm. “I do not want to rule Egypt.”
About the Author:
Kerry holds a BA in English with a minor in Classical Studies from NC State University. She has extensive freelance editing experience, and teaches various fiction writing classes at a local college. She’s an Associate Editor with Entangled Publishing, and is Managing Editor of the Covet line, Entangled’s paranormal contemporary line. In addition to editing, Kerry writes science fiction, romantic fantasy, and paranormal romance. In her free time, she is a costumer, artist, cat collector, and guitarist.
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