Loving the Sheika
Published by: eXtasy Books
Author : Bonnie Rose Leigh
Word Count :6400
Publication Date :2013-05-20
Series : #
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- Product Code: 0000645
A woman from another world seeks a human for her mate. Will he let her leave him behind or will she choose to stay with him on Earth?
Starr looked around her in utter amazement. Never had she seen such glorious trees. They stood so tall she had to crane her neck to see them and still their tops were well beyond her sight. The green leaves swayed gently in the breeze, and the rough white bark on their trunks astonished her.
She turned to her high priestess in awe. “Have you ever seen such things before, Te’Lam?”
She gave Starr an indulgent smile. It was only then she remembered that of course Te’Lam had seen these wondrous things before. She’d been the one to bring her earther father to Talea to begin with. “How foolish of me. You must still think me naught but a child.”
“Don’t be silly, Sheika. You may be young, and full of joy and exuberance, but a child you are not. Once you find your mate, you’ll find your center. Only then, will you become the woman you are meant to be.”
“You are so wise, and yet, I fear that even were I to find a mate here on my father’s home world and bring him home with me as my consort, that I’ll never truly fit in on Talea.”
Te’Lam looked at her the way she’d done since Starr was but a babe, as though she could see straight into her soul and know all her secret fears and fantasies. “Is that your belief, Sheika? Truly and honestly?”
She could feel her eyes well with tears. She snorted and turned her back on her high priestess. On Talea it was forbidden to appear weak, and crying in front of others could definitely be construed as such. “I cannot but think back on my father’s words before I left home, Te’Lam.”
“And what did he tell you, my Sheika?”
After making sure her eyes were no longer teary, Starr turned back toward her advisor. She could blame her emotional responses on her father’s earther heritage if anyone questioned her, though no one would dare. And even that thought depressed her. She just wanted to be respected for herself, not her position. And loved. What she wouldn’t give to have a loving mate, an equal to rule by her side, not forced to stand behind her as custom dictates. Was that so very much to ask?