Hello, all! This week's Teaser Tuesday is a snippet from the second Soldati Hearts book The Foxling Soldati which was just contracted by Dreamspinner Press! The first book, The Soldati Prince was just released on November 23rd, and you can find out more about it here.
“You look ridiculous.”
Rayner blinked at Adira as she joined him in the corridor on the way to Khalon’s study. He smiled sweetly. “And a good morning to you, countess. Why am I ridiculous this time?”
“Don’t call me that,” she groused. “You’re smiling like an idiot.”
Rayner chuckled. “It’s good for the soul. Perhaps you should try it sometime.”
Adira released the most indelicate, unladylike snort. “The moment I start smiling like that, I’ll hang up my sword. You and Khalon are worse than fledgling Soldati. One smile from those pretty boys, and you’re stumbling over yourselves.”
Rayner shrugged. “What’s wrong with smiling? Or pretty boys?”
“Nothing is wrong with either. Smiling is fine, in moderation. There are times I wonder if Khalon has lost his senses.”
“It’s called being in love, Adira.” Had his dear friend ever been in love? He couldn’t recall her ever speaking of it, much less displaying any signs of amorous affection toward any male or female Soldati, or anyone else for that matter. No, wait, there had been that one time during the Soldati Summer Solstice Festival where Rayner had spotted Adira tucked behind one of the tents kissing a stunning Soldati warrior with silky dark skin and the most incredible gold/green eyes he’d ever seen. What was her name? Fiorentina.
Adira’s eyebrows shot up near her hairline. “Are you telling me you’re in love?”
Rayner puckered his lips as if to kiss her. “Why? Would it make you jealous?”
“Not even if you were the last Soldati in the realm.” She narrowed her steel gray eyes at him. “Are you?”
“The last Soldati in the realm?”
Her exasperated sigh was music to his ears. “You exhaust me.”
“Did Fiorentina exhaust you?” He wriggled his eyebrows, and the scandalous expression that crossed her face was too much. Rayner threw his head back and laughed. Teasing Adira was always such fun. Not nearly as fun as aggravating the hell out of Khalon, but still quite fun.