When I say "groom", you will be imagining a wedding, a celebration, a happy bride. This is very far from the case.
It all began when Violet found the stolen "Blood of Tariq", the legendary, ruby studded khanjar, on which my family's power was founded nearly a hundred years ago. My enemies wasted no time in attempting to take it from her. I simply wanted to keep her safe, but things are never that simple. Marriage was the only way to keep her in my care. I should have explained what was happening first, but truly, there was no time.
Now she believes that I married her only to become Emir. She is not pleased with me. In fact she was quite forceful in expressing her displeasure. There is something about a woman flinging herself at you in a rage that engages the senses ... completely...
I have assured her that divorce will be as simple as the marriage ceremony. That until the dowry is gathered, a house prepared, the maksar arranged, she will be my wife in name only. I am delaying things for as long as possible (difficult with my mother on the case), giving Violet time to fall in love with my country, my people, as they have come to love her. As I have come to love her. But time is running out...
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To win this and the other books in the competition, all you have to do is answer three simple questions, which you’ll find in the excerpts on our websites. And here they are -
Anne's Question: What is George's occupation and where does he live?
Kate's Question: What has Marina received from Pietro at the opening of the story?
Liz's Question: Who was Violet's great-great-grandmother
The competition runs from 1st February – 14 February and you’ll need to send an email to each of us with our answers.