The next book in the original series will see tensions on Kalquor amping up as discoveries are made about secret deals in the highest reaches of the Empire. The Basma is ready to take advantage of the revelations that come to light. The foundations of the Kalquorian Empire will be shaken.
Against this background, Clan Diltan has been given their chance to attract an Earther Matara in the lottery. In the years following his ill-advised attempt to lure the Imperial sister Lindsey McInness from her clan, Dramok Diltan has matured. He’s still ambitious enough to covet the recently arrived cousin of Empress Jessica: the lovely and demure Tasha.
With clanmates Nobek Rolat and Imdiko Wal in tow, Diltan sets about wining and dining Tasha. So what if there’s not much of a spark there? She’s got refinement and grace – the complete opposite of her boisterous twin Cissy, who insults Diltan every chance she gets. For his part, Diltan sees Cissy as crude and much too crass for someone of his breeding. Even if she does fascinate him, she’s not the woman for his clan.
Cissy is having the time of her life dating young, fun-loving clans as she starts her life on Kalquor. She’s glad to not be spending hours in the company of the stuffy and arrogant Dramok Diltan, though his clanmates seem all right. Diltan is definitely more her sister’s type. So why is it Cissy can’t help but watch his clan and be near them every chance she gets?
Rolat and Wal are used to Diltan’s ambitions and know when to put a halt to his schemes. It’s not long before they realize they are dating the wrong twin. It’s Cissy who grabs their attention and heightens their desires, not Tasha. They can see that despite all his protests, Diltan is as fascinated with the more exuberant twin. When a chance encounter leads to a night of passion, they know Cissy is attracted to them too. The issue becomes a matter of getting Diltan and Cissy to stop fighting long enough to figure out they want each other.
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