Hello, all! This week’s Teaser Tuesday is a snippet from Toka and Rayner's book, The Foxling Soldati which is book two in the Soldati Hearts series! Enjoy!
[Khalon] stood and stretched before leaning over to kiss the top of Riley’s head. “You must meet with Uburto regarding your ceremonial wardrobe for the evening of the banquet.”
Riley wrinkled his nose. “He’s going to drown me in layers again, isn’t he?”
Rayner held back a laugh at Riley’s pout. His princely ceremonial garb was a far cry from the T-shirts and jeans Riley had been accustomed to wearing when he first arrived in the Soldati realm. Come to think of it, any princely garb he wore was a far cry from his previous human wardrobe. During events that required Riley to wear more than his trousers and a simple jerkin over a shirt, Riley had a habit of discretely shedding pieces of his clothing as the evening went on, much to Rayner’s amusement, and Khalon’s befuddlement.
Khalon hadn’t quite known what to do the first time it happened. One moment Riley was dressed in various layers, including a regal cape, next moment he was in his trousers, and a thin royal tunic over his shirt. Rayner was quite certain the man hadn’t even worn a belt. The most fascinating part was that after the initial shock wore off, no one cared. They were all so charmed by Riley that the man’s lack of royal attire became no consequence, simply another quirk of the dashing Soldati Prince.
“I know,” Khalon said through a chuckle. “It’s not as if you’ll be wearing it for long.” He gave Riley a pointed look, but the sternness was gone the moment Riley’s cheeks went pink. Khalon realized what Riley had taken his words to mean, and coughed into his hand. “What I mean, is um, you tend to remove your clothes, um….”
“Not helping,” Riley muttered.
“Right. I’m going to go... do the things.” Khalon pointed to the door.
“Yeah, you go do the things,” Riley said, his lips pressed together as Khalon rounded his desk. Khalon narrowed his eyes at Rayner as he walked by.
“Oh, be quiet.”
Rayner suppressed a grin, and held his hands up in front of him. “I didn’t say anything.” Grumbling to himself, Khalon left the office, and Rayner fell back against the chair with a laugh. “The man is absolutely hopeless around you.”
Riley let out what sounded like a dreamy sigh. “Yeah, he’s something all right.”
“You two are adorable.”
Riley gave a sniff. “Now I know why he’s always telling you to be quiet.”
“A very noble attempt on his part,” Rayner teased.
Copyright © 2016 Charlie Cochet. Soldati Hearts published by Dreamspinner Press.