They call me the Night Queen, with a
heart as dark as the night itself. But what do they really know about me...
when even I don't recognize myself anymore?
On her twentieth birthday, beautiful but proud and arrogant princess Mina von Rhine crosses a line of no return. When she sees all the suitors that her father has invited from the war-torn northern kingdoms, she doesn't choose any of them. Unwilling to be married off to any warmongering northerner, she defies the powerful king of the Rhine and ridicules them all, humiliating and infuriating her father.
Furious at her unacceptable behavior, the mighty king vows he will give Mina's hand in marriage to the first unmarried man who walks through the palace gates—be it a nobleman or a beggar.
But when a handsome carpenter and his sister arrive at the castle the following day to humbly ask for work, the court and the princess watch in utter shock as the king stands by his word and offers Mina to him…
From the author: This is a beautiful, dark, and romantic re-imagining of a long-forgotten German fairy tale that was first published by the beloved Brothers Grimm (whose works include such classics as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Rapunzel). If you’d love to read an adult version of a compelling old fairy tale and enjoy enemies to lovers romances with sizzling passion, then this book is a 'must' read for you.
The Night Queen is the first book in an adult fairy tale romance series based on old, unknown fairy tales. The second book, Queen on Ashes, is available on Amazon as well.
“It’s nothing, barbarian,” I said in the arrogant and detached tone I often used with my servants.
His eyes widened. “What did you just call me?”
I lifted my chin. “You heard me just fine, barbarian.”
Alrick took a few large steps toward me. I stumbled backward; my back pressed against the cold stone wall.
“I have never come across a more arrogant, big-mouthed woman!” he growled, his face pinched in anger and frustration.
“Is that so?” I countered, crossing my arms. “Well, you wouldn’t know how to treat a woman if the instructions were tattooed on your forehead.” With another quick step, Alrick was towering in front of me.
“Stop pushing me!” he warned.
“No! Not when it comes to a barbaric man like you.”
Alrick grabbed both of my wrists and pinned me against the wall. His eyes flashed with firelight. I was breathing heavily now, his breath matching mine.
“What now, barbarian?” I narrowed my eyes at him. “Are you going to hit me? Is this how you handle your women in the North?”
His mouth widened in shock. “Hit you?”
His face was only inches away from mine. He was so close, I could feel his heart beating wildly against my chest.
“I bet violence is the only thing you barbarians know when it comes to women.”
The anger in his eyes shifted to something else. Something I couldn’t quite make out. I didn’t think he would hit me. He was not that sort of man. I expected him to yell, insult me, fight back. But to my surprise, he did none of that. Instead, he grinned.
“I know plenty else about women,” he said in a seductive tone. His grip around my wrists loosened as he pressed himself even harder against me. “I know your bad temper does not cause your racing heart,” he said. “Or your red cheeks.”
Denise is an Amazon best-selling author who graduated with a master’s in Social Work from an ivy league school, the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent many years of her life supporting families and individuals in need of assistance. She has always had a passion for reading and writing, especially steamy romance, but it wasn't until her own baby boy was born that Denise turned her passion into her profession. Whenever Denise is not typing away on one of her books, you can find her caring for her son (a.k.a. one of the toughest jobs in the world), binging Netflix with her beloved husband, or chasing after her puppy (who should technically be an adult dog by now).
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