Title: Gilded Princess
Series: Five Families #1
Author: Penelope Black
Genre: Reverse Harem Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 14, 2021
When I was little, I was obsessed with fairytales. My dad told me the stories of the stars and white knights who rescue princesses. I’d wear a silver plastic crown and stare at the sky, waiting for the day my knight in shining armor would come.
Then my dad died, my crown broke, and my mom shipped my sister and I off to boarding school.
And then I met them.
Only they’re nothing like the fairytales I grew up on. They’re wrapped in sin and shrouded in darkness. Bossy, protective, alphaholes.
And heirs to the Italian mafia.
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Smoke from the DJ’s table curls through the bodies, highlighted in orange and yellow every time the strobe light flashes. One song bleeds into two, and two into three, and before long, I lose track. I never turn around, and he never spins me to face him. We stay locked in this dance, him and I, and somewhere along the way it feels like a whole lot more than just dancing. We feel in sync, connected on a level far more than an evening on the dance floor.
Our steps never falter, our rhythm never falls out of sync. It’s as if our bodies already know something we don’t and our minds are left to play catch-up.
He pulls my hair to the side and replaces it with his face on my shoulder. His breath warms my neck, and I silently beg him to press his lips against my feverish skin. To glide them along that sensitive spot behind my ear.
I don’t know if I should be embarrassed by how quickly it turns me on, but I’m not. Thoughts of him consume my mind.
I hold off for as long as I can, but I don’t think I can go another second without the feel of his lips against mine. I’m panting, my skin flushed and coated in a light sheen of sweat. Lust courses through my veins, begging me to take what I need from him.
I can feel him against my ass, hard and long and thick. A small kernel of satisfaction warms my blood at the evidence that he wants me too.
I bite my lip and tip my head back against his shoulder while I have an internal debate. Part of me wants to go there with him—to fuck him in one of the abandoned rooms that we all know are here just for those types of situations. But the other part of me, the more sensible part, knows I’ve never had a one-night stand for a reason. And I don’t know if choosing my ex-boyfriend to check that particular box off my bucket list is the right choice.
I’m catapulted out of my swirling thoughts when warm lips trail up the side of my neck, nipping my skin softly. His hands slide up my ribs, his touch hot. His fingers flex around my ribcage, his thumb slipping underneath the fabric that just barely touches my back.
I roll my hips in a slow, deliberate move and he surprises me by smoothing one hand down to rest on my lower stomach, holding me against him. He grazes his teeth against the bottom of my earlobe and grinds his hips against mine. It’s the first move he’s initiated, letting me lead the entire time.
Like a match to a flame, that small dominant move lights me up. Faster than he can stop me, I spin in his hold, grab onto the lapels of his suit jacket, and push up onto my toes. Intense dark-brown eyes flash, but it’s the last thing I see before I close my eyes and crush my mouth to his.
Releasing October 14
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Penelope lives in the Midwest with her husband, two tiny humans, and fluffy furball and enjoys over-the-top action movies, iced chai lattes, and soaking up the sun in her backyard.