This week's snippet is from A Dance of Water and Air again and follows not long after last week's. Here is Arden's first look at Edmund.
The tall doors, polished wood with silver and gold set in a fluid pattern over the entire surface, were pulled open, and Prince Edmund stepped through.
Arden hadn’t expected the punch of instant attraction and didn’t much care for it. He had certainly been attracted to people before and had a couple of discreet liaisons when he’d found a potential lover he could trust, but he’d seldom felt an attraction so sudden and visceral, one that had him wondering what it would be like if he dragged Edmund off to bed.
But this was his sister’s intended—for an alliance marriage that was meant to secure the safety of their kingdom.
Still, Arden understood his own reaction. Edmund was breathtaking.