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+
This week's Rainbow Snippet is from The Merchant's Love. I often call The Merchant's Love a warm hug in book form. It's the story of a bookish royal and a merchant who is immediately besotted with him becoming friends and falling in love over books and baked goods (while dealing with family drama and intrigue and a bit of magic gone wrong). I was looking for another autumnal snippet because The Merchant's Love takes place from autumn into winter, and I remembered this scene in which Maxen invites Faelen out for a picnic after quite a while exchanging letters. This snippet isn't explicitly autumnal, but it seemed right.
And then every thought went out of his head when he saw Faelen walking toward him.
Faelen was just as lovely as he’d been at the wedding. Maxen almost thought he’d exaggerated it as he’d read Faelen’s words. As if Faelen’s intelligence and wit had bled over into how Maxen saw him in all ways, and maybe it had, and maybe that was all right. Whatever the reason, Faelen was more and more appealing in Maxen’s eyes.
He wore rich sapphire blue, the coat velvet and fitting close to his slender form, the shade heightening his dramatic coloring. The wind had brought a slight flush to his ivory cheeks and sent a few curls dancing around his face, escaping from where they’d been pulled back. He smiled when Maxen raised a hand to greet him, an almost shy curve of his lips that Maxen immediately adored.