Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice
by Susanna Carr
What a royal wants…
Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a "suitable" bride.
In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz's ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.
Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he's determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!
"I will miss you, Hafiz," she said brokenly as her throat closed up. The tears she thought couldn’t happen beaded on her eyelashes.
Hafiz let out a shuddering breath. He swept his fingertip against the corner of her eye, taking her tears with him. The moisture clung to his knuckle, and he rubbed it into his skin with his thumb, silently sharing her agony.
The image took a chink out of her hard-earned resolve. Lacey wrapped her arms around her stomach before she crumbled altogether. "I had so many questions to ask you, and now I can't remember what they were." All except for one that danced on her tongue. "Did you ever love me?"
Silence throbbed in the air.
Lacey blinked at the question that had tumbled from her mouth. Of all the things to ask, her mind screamed.
Hafiz went unnaturally still.
"I don't know why I asked." She shrugged as her pain intensified. "Please, don't answer that."
The words were ripped from deep within her. She desperately wanted to know the answer. She never questioned it before, but she had been living in a fantasy.
Lacey had always felt Hafiz loved her. It was in his touch, in his eyes, and in his smile. But he never said the words, even when she chanted her declaration of love in the height of ecstasy.
It was too late to find out. If he didn't love her, she would never recover. If he did love her, then she would never let go. Even if he was married, even if he kept her hidden. And she couldn't let that happen.
The Inspiration for PRINCE HAFIZ'S ONLY VICE
The inspiration for my stories come from the strangest places. I have come up with a book idea based on an obscure fairy tale, from a quote I've heard in a speech, or from something I've read in a magazine article. The kernel of the idea for PRINCE HAFIZ'S ONLY VICE came after watching way too many movies about forbidden love that had sad endings. I wondered how I would approach a story about forbidden love and give it a happy ending.
Since I write contemporary romances, I first had to think what would be considered "forbidden" these days. Eventually, I decided to set the story in a conservative desert kingdom. Once that was settled, I started thinking about the characters and why they were the best, the worst and the only ones for each other.
Lacey, the heroine, is the worst choice for Hafiz. She is everything he has been taught not to love. However, she is also the best woman for him because she helps him reconcile with his past choices. It changes the way he views himself and his future.
Hafiz is also the worst choice for Lacey. She had made many sacrifices for the people she loves but she has yet to find someone who would put her first. Hafiz cannot ignore his duty to his country and the only way he can be with Lacey is if they keep their relationship a secret. If Lacey wants to heal her emotional wounds, then she needs to leave Hafiz and find someone who would not make her a second choice.
Lacey and Hafiz overcome many obstacles together and I promise that their forbidden love has a happy ending!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna's stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as "fun", "sexy" and "a must read." When she isn't writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.
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