It's weekend, and time for more Rainbow Snippets! The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook asks its members to share six sentence snippets from their work each weekend. Check out the group's Facebook page to read all the snippets and add lots of great books to your TBR. You'll find all sorts of books with the common thread that the main character identifies as LGBTQ+
For today's snippet, I'm sharing more from The Envoy's Honor, the newest book in my Chronicles of Tournai series, which is now out everywhere. The Envoy's Honor is an adversaries to lovers romance between two men whose devotion to family and country is putting them on opposites sides of a dispute that it will take careful diplomacy to get everyone out of safely. Unwitting attraction complicates matters, of course, and just when they might be getting closer, someone is murdered. But at least they know neither of them could've done it since they were...together...at the time. And there are more dragon shifters in this one!
This week, I'm picking up just after last week's snippet. I went a little (a lot?) over the sentence limit this week, but I thought the snippet worked better this way.
“I’m afraid I can’t do that.” The prince’s tone was as mild as his expression, but Kirill knew it had to hide much more. Philip was good though—Kirill couldn’t get any real sense of what those emotions were. He kept trying to figure out what the prince thought of them, of their demand, of Corentin even.
“May I ask why, Your Highness?” Ederic asked after he’d puffed himself up again. Had he really expected the princes to just give Corentin to them? Was he so deluded or so self-centered he assumed he would demand Corentin be handed over and Tournai’s ruler would do it with no discussion or objections? If so, this meeting was going to go even worse than Kirill feared.
“Well, for one, he isn’t our prisoner. I have no authority to make him yours. Nor would I if I did. I don’t make it a habit to seize my subjects for no reason and hand them over to other kingdoms on nothing but the say- so of one man.” The prince raised a hand before Ederic could speak. His expression wasn’t so mild now. There was a hint of something sharp and strong there. “He is however in our jurisdiction and under our protection. We will not be pleased if he’s forced to go anywhere or do anything he doesn’t want to do."