At the mercy of her kidnappers -- and her new mother-in-law -- Brisa wants to find her place in the universe. While she worries about the fate of her littles, the orphans she left behind when she was kidnapped by rebels, she also realizes she needs to start worrying about herself if she’s ever going to be able to help anyone else. She’s been a pawn her whole life, but this is her chance to choose her path. Freedom? Or return to Ka’Sen’s side? She senses there is more to her husband than simply following in his brutal father’s footsteps. Even if his own mother can’t see his potential for goodness, Brisa does. Can she free the man who seeks to imprison her?
Ka’Sen believed his mother was dead, but now she has resurfaced as the leader of The Great Eyes, the rebels who seek to end his legacy. Worse, his resurrected mother has taken his wife from him. News that should have brought him joy heightens the stakes, and this revelation leaves him unsure of himself for the first time in a very long time. Is he willing to see the wonder of the universe through his wife’s eyes, or will he let power blind him to the potential of a future that hasn’t been written yet?
Brisa must decide between love and doing what’s right. When the only happiness you’ve ever had is slipping from reach, how do you find the courage to save worlds?
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Command His Heart (Commanded 3)
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Copyright ©2018 Ashlynn Monroe
Ka’Sen paced, his gaze riveted on a holovid of his wife. Brisa looked beautiful in the picture he’d captured from the security camera. Her big blue eyes were innocent. She was combing out her long dark hair. This private moment, stolen without her knowledge, was all he had of her now. He couldn’t believe she’d been taken from right under his nose. Anger and embarrassment battled for supremacy, but they were well matched.
His rage that Brisa was in danger waned only when he thought about the fact that he’d been able to hang on to his woman but a few days. He was the most powerful man on any inhabited world, yet someone had taken the person he wanted most in the universe from him.
What a joke I have become. Powerless. Imagining his troops snickering at him sent his fist into the wall, denting the metal and crumpling the facade of decorative neutral overlay that hid the bones of his ship.
Bones. His wife was delicate, and easily broken. What are they doing to you, my Brisa? My love?
He imagined her hurt or afraid, and fear cycled through him again, sending a chill skittering down his spine. Emotion swilled to a crescendo spiking dark and cold in his soul.
His door comm beeped. “Who is it?” he bellowed. Few would risk approaching him until his wife was returned.
“Enter.” Reven was the only man Ka’Sen trusted.
When the door closed behind Rev, Ka’Sen’s most trusted friend saluted.
“Be at ease. Do you have news?” Ka’ Sen held his breath as hope surfaced.
“I have news. Sit.”
That couldn’t be good, but Ka’Sen sat in the nearest chair. “The scanner has been tampered with, but our tech team was able to reconstruct the signal. She was taken by three people. We have their bio scans being sent to every enforcer in the alliance, even the bounty hunters.”
“Good.” It was a start. Rev shifted his weight nervously. “Is there more?”
“Yes.” Rev hesitated. “She is pregnant.”
The words took a moment to sink in. “Brisa?”
Rev smiled, his look amused, albeit sad. “How many other wives do you have?” His look sobered again. “I’m so sorry. We will find her -- them.”
“Them.” As Ka’Sen repeated the word, he wondered if she even knew. When she found out, how would she feel about his child? His child. When he had wanted a magical being to manipulate he hadn’t realized he’d think about that being as a child, let alone his child.
Now the idea that Brisa carried his seed filled him with a surge of protectiveness that made him even more desperate to find her, to hold her. He loved Brisa. At some point he’d fallen completely in love with her. The idea that she’d gifted him with the thing he wanted most made that love even better.
“Ka?” When he glanced up at Rev he saw the concern clearly in the way his brow furrowed and his lips compressed. “We will get her back.”
“Yes, we will. Thank you, dear friend, I’m glad you told me.”
Ka’Sen smiled sadly. “Save that for when we have them both home and safe. If one hair on her head is out of place I will torture those bastards until death is the only thing they want, and then I will only let them have it very slowly. A title and a fortune for her return. We must keep her pregnancy a secret. That doesn’t leave this room. Have every tech who saw the message killed if you have any questions about their loyalty.”
Rev’s eyes widened, but he nodded. He reached out and touched Ka’Sen’s shoulder lightly. “The knowledge will be protected. When we get her back, I swear on my life I will not let her or the child fall to harm again.”
“I don’t blame you for her kidnapping.”
“I blame myself.”
“As I blame myself, but regret and blame will not help her now.”
Rev nodded, and turned to leave, but paused with a concerned glance back. He nodded a final time before the door hissed closed behind him.