In the Royal States of America, magic rules all, but life—and love—always finds a way.
At the Texas Charity Auction, money can buy anything, and Summer Cassidy is under orders to take advantage of the opportunity. While she believes the marital collar once worn by an Aztec queen belongs in a museum, it’s up to her to sell the priceless treasure to one of the elite in attendance.
Meeting Bachelor #103, a man who finds her descriptions of human sacrifice charming rather than appalling, hadn’t been part of her plans. Buying his company for a quarter hadn’t been part of her plans, either.
One coffee date, a dinner, and a curse later, Summer’s catapulted across the Royal States on an adventure that will forever change her life, alter the course of an entire kingdom, and give her a chance to earn a love capable of defying even death.
The Captive King
by Susan Copperfield
(Royal States #3)
Publication date: February 12th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
“A necklace like that does belong in a museum, shared for the world to see—or at the very least, owned by someone willing to put it on display.”
If all elite men were as reasonable as Bachelor #103, I’d be at serious risk of liking the higher castes. “It is what it is.”
“If you don’t mind me asking, what’s your name?”
“Summer. Summer Cassidy. I’m not here for, well, you know.” I waved my free hand to take in the crowd of wealthy men and women vying for attention and planning to spend a fortune for the sake of charity.
“I guessed as much by the mud you trailed in. I find it refreshing, really. How much does your team need to finance your dig?”
If only it were my dig. Unless something changed, I’d never rise above being the best dirt pusher in North or South America. “It’s not my dig. I’m just the intern.” I flinched at the bitterness in my voice. “I’m trying to get my doctorate, but I’ve been having issues.”
“That’s unfortunate. What sort of issues?”
“I was born the wrong gender. Then I foolishly decided to make my dissertation about magic’s influence on ancient cultures. It turns out only scientifically provable theories are allowed. It’s ironic, really. My argument will fail its defense because I’ll point out that in a thousand years, no one will believe we use magic. There’s just no way to prove its existence with current science.”
“Yet still you intend to try.”
I held up the necklace. “Someone loved a woman enough to make this for her. The edges are crisp, there are no marks or scratches, not even under the microscope—any microscope we’ve tried. If this wasn’t the result of magic, I’ve no idea how it was made.”
“And they’re making you sell the one thing that would help you defend your dissertation.”
I shrugged and returned the necklace to its box. “No one ever said life was fair. I’ll do my best, and should I fail, I’ll just try again. Perhaps I’m slow, but I’m persistent.”
Bachelor #103 chuckled. “That’s good. When will your necklace be sold?”
“Late tonight. It’s the last item of the general auction.”
“Interesting. I’ll see you tonight, then, Summer Cassidy.” He bowed and disappeared into the crowd.
Susan Copperfield is the royal romance, urban fantasy loving alter ego of award-winning & USA Today bestselling novelist RJ Blain.
Under the super not-so-secret identity of Susan, the Royal States of America is explored, where the work of sixteen founding royal families preserved the United States from destruction and civil war when magic swept over the world.
In the Royal States, life, love, and magic always finds a way.
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