BOOK 1 in THE PRINCESS SEDUCTIONS duet. See also THE GREEK’S FORBIDDEN PRINCESS
Out of the shadows…
As the illegitimate secret daughter of royalty, Cat’s life has been far from luxurious. After years of bullying, she’s set against a return to her childhood home. But her princess half sister has mysteriously disappeared ahead of her engagement to charismatic King Alexander.
…into the bed of the king!
Cat agrees to stand in for her—but she didn’t agree to the electric attraction between her and Alex! He might have no idea who she really is—but when their insatiable desire threatens to strip away every boundary between them, Cat cannot hold back from the temptation of Alex’s caress…Read an Excerpt Behind the Book
“5 Words: Attraction, secrets, family, obligation, goodness.” ~ Cora, Goodreads
“Loved this book, Cat and Alex had such a connection, beautiful emotion from both of them and wow such passion, It was so well written, you just couldn’t help loving both of them. The storyline was great, it was a real page turner, can’t wait for her sisters story. Another fabulous read from Annie West.” ~ Tara, via Mills and Boon UK
“5☆ Compelling, Addictive, Passionate and Sexy and I didn’t want it to end! Her Majesty’s Temporary Bride by Annie West, is my very first encounter with Annie’s writing and I have to say I’m excited for more! This book oozed Passion, sizzling Chemistry, Lust, Secrets, Lies, Family Drama, Forbidden Affairs, Royalty, Danger and I absolutely LOVED It!!” ~ Dash Fan Book Reviews
“I was immediately pulled in and could not put this book down. The chemistry between the characters is scorching and the storyline is one that will keep you turning the pages.” ~ Lucy W, Amazon
“Secrets abound in this wayward royal tale! Cat and Alex are electrifying together! … The passion they share is explosive and they forge such a sweet connection. I really enjoyed their story and can’t wait to catch up with what Princess Amelie has been up to in the upcoming conclusion of The Princess Seductions!” ~ Lynn B, Amazon
“Ms West has written a wonderful witty adaptation of a modern Cinderella story with strong confident characters (that make it a great standalone read) and some clever future plot references, so if you enjoyed this book and like me are looking forward to Amelie’s story and finding out why she ran and to whom, then Book two The Greek’s Forbidden Princess is a must!” ~ Clare, via Mills and Boon, UK
“you will fall in love with these heartwarming characters” ~ Terri B, Goodreads
“I absolutely loved the story and Cat and Alex are amazing together. Ms. West again pens a fantastic story. Don’t miss this one.” ~ Dottie, Goodreads
“HIS MAJESTY’S TEMPORARY BRIDE is a thrilling story which would keep a reader glued to the pages till the end. Author Annie West, once again brought a strong heroine in Cat and a swoon-worthy hero in Alex alive on the pages. I was enthralled by this story…” ~ Nasreen Jahan, Amazon
“Ms. West has penned a very fascinating and enchanting read in this book, which encompasses the mistaken identity trope; two wonderful characters that aren’t looking for happy ever after, but find it impossible to deny their attraction; and riveting dialogue that made me absolutely enjoy the growing relationship between the main characters. … this couple’s chemistry was intense, the romance special and full of exquisite heat and passion, as Alex is determined to break Cat’s control when it comes to her denying them what they both desperately want; and the ending had me cheering for this couple’s happy ever after.” ~ Sara, Harlequin Junkie
With his hand still cupping her face, his eyes twinkling and his long, lean body hemming her in, Cat felt a ripple of longing. Not for a royal marriage but for this man who awoke desires she’d sublimated too long.
Move away. Break his hold. Say something.
The orders from her brain came loud and clear but Cat found herself simply holding his gaze, listening to the unsettled thrum of her pulse and watching the amusement in his eyes die.
His touch tightened and need quivered through her.
It should be impossible. He was a stranger. A danger to her job here, a man she knew next to nothing about.
Yet what she felt was real and strong. Pure and true as the swell of the sea on the pristine beach nearby.
‘Tell me you understand.’ His breath warmed her lips. His thumb stroked back and forth across her cheek.
Cat nodded. ‘You don’t want to marry.’
‘I’ve got too much to do. There’s still so much work to get Bengaria back on track. I haven’t got time for a wife. I’m not ready to be a father.’
Yet Alex didn’t draw back. If anything he seemed closer.
‘If I wanted a bride it would be different.’ His voice was husky.
Cat didn’t trust herself to speak. His expression held her spellbound, though logic screamed that she needed to put distance between them.
‘If I wanted a bride I couldn’t go past those big green eyes. Or those lips. I’d be suggesting we got to know each other much better.’ His thumb dipped from her cheek to her mouth, pressing her lower lip and dragging it down. Cat exhaled, lungs tight, nipples budding against the constraint of her bra as his thumb stroked her lip, once, twice, till she couldn’t resist and tasted him with the tip of her tongue. He was salt and spice and frighteningly addictive.
His eyes dilated, his breath warm on her face, he crowded closer, long legs bracketing hers. His other arm stretched out to the tree trunk behind her as if Alex too felt the sudden need for safe anchor as the ground seemed to ripple and swell.
‘And as for this body…’ To her dismay his hand dropped but before she could frame a protest she felt his touch, tantalising and soft, brush her collarbone, then trace the wide neckline of her T shirt, before sliding down.
Cat’s breath stalled as his knuckles brushed the outer swell of her breast, slowing then tracing down her ribs then splaying at her waist. Those long, hard fingers made her aware of how small she was compared with him. Of how much strength resided in those large, capable hands and that taut, athletic body.
Her mouth was parched but she had to find words to make him back off. This was too dangerous. To her masquerade but also to her. She teetered on the brink of feelings that made a mockery of all her training, her strength and control. She swallowed and moistened her lips with her tongue then opened her mouth to speak.
But the words didn’t come because Alex’s mouth settled on hers and the world exploded.
‘His Majesty’s Temporary Bride’ is set on the fictitious island of St Galla, in the Mediterranean, somewhere off the coast of France and Italy. The island was partly inspired by the lovely scenery I saw in that coastal area while travelling. Like this view, above, from Cap Ferrat in the south east corner of France.
Another inspiration for the story was the beautiful Belle Epoque Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in the same area. I fell in love with the pink and white stucco building with its wonderful artwork, gardens and stunning views.
When I was writing the St Gallan Palace I imagined something very like this Villa, though on a larger scale and on an absolutely private peninsula with no neighbours. It was the most wonderful location to escape to while I was writing. I hope these photos help you imagine it as you read!