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+
Today's snippet is from The Merchant's Love. I always call this book a warm hug in book form because it's the one in which a bookish royal and the merchant utterly besotted with him fall in love over books and baked goods. It also overlaps a bit with The Dragon's Devotion, which I shared a snippet from last week—apparently I just wanted to make timeline headaches for myself—and Faelen and Maxen in this book meet at the same wedding that Bastien and Corentin did. Maxen sees Faelen during the wedding ceremony and is immediately fascinated. Faelen is demisexual and doesn't experience the same immediate attraction, but he does enjoy their eventual conversation that night. Here is Maxen's first sight of Faelen.
His attention was drawn almost instantly to a man seated in the second row. He was pale, his skin like porcelain, with large eyes the green of peridot. His face—an uncanny mix of pretty and sensual—was framed by dark hair that blazed red in the room’s light, falling in soft curls nearly to his shoulders. Maxen could see nothing else of the man, but what he saw pulled at him, and it was so strong, so unexpected, it took his breath. He’d never felt an attraction so sudden; he could do nothing but stare as time spun away from him.
Abruptly, the man seemed to sense his regard, his gaze snapping over to meet Maxen’s, giving him no time to look away. The unusual green eyes widened, but he didn’t look away for long moments—long moments when Maxen heard nothing but the pounding of his heart in his ears. And then the man looked away, severing the connection and leaving Maxen floundering.