“I’m sorry I wasn’t able to make it today, Belle,” my mother says, setting down her fork. “There was an error in the schedule.”
“Wedding cake disaster?” I ask, only slightly sarcastic, as I sip my cup of tea.
“Oh, did your stylist already tell you?” she asks. “The chef had flown in from Paris for the afternoon, and it was last-minute, so…”
“It ended up being fine,” I say, cutting her off. Of course it was a wedding cake disaster. “Albie went with me.”
“Oh, Albie, you’re a darling.” My mother sips her wine and beams at King Leo. “We did decide on a wedding cake.”
“Awesome,” Alexandra says drolly, rolling her eyes. “As much as I’d love to stay and chat, I’m going to London with my friends tomorrow, so I’ll need to pack.”
“Alexandra,” Leo says sharply. “The trip can still be revoked.”
“Great,” she says, tipping back her glass of wine. “Then I’ll sit here and hang out. These family dinners are becoming the highlight of my day.”
A flash of emotion crosses my mother’s face, something akin to embarrassment, and she squeezes Leo’s forearm. “Perhaps she could join us for breakfast in the morning,” she says.
Leo clears his throat. “Fine,” he says, waving at her. “Go. Pack for London.”
Alexandra leaves the table in a huff, and Albie and I exchange glances.
Albie shrugs, looking down at his cell phone like it’s the most interesting thing in the world. My phone is on silent, but I know Albie is texting me. When I glance up at my mother and the king, they’re in their own little world, holding hands and making gooey eyes at each other. My mother looks at him with adoration.
Okay, so maybe I’m starting to be convinced that she does love him, after all.
Excuse yourself from dinner and go to your room.
I text back, trying to be as unobtrusive as possible.
I look down again.
I have plans for you that I know you’ll like.
The message sends a rush of heat between my legs. I clear my throat. “I think I’m going to actually skip dinner tonight as well,” I say. “Going to the hospital today was much more tiring than I thought it would be.”
The king looks at Albie, his eyebrows raised. “Et tu, Albert?”
Albie grins, shrugging. “I told some of my friends I’d hang out with them.”
King Leo sighs. “Fine. Off you go, all of you,” he says. “Have fun.”
Back at my room, Simon stands in the hallway, his hands folded in front of him, looking straight ahead at nothing. “Don’t you get bored, doing this?” I ask.
“Of course not, Miss Kensington.” He doesn’t move an inch.
“Well, I’ll be in my room all night,” I say. “I have a headache. I’m going to sleep early.”
“You know, just in case you want to get a coffee or take a break.”
“It would be extremely negligent to leave my post, Miss Kensington,” he says, his expression unchanging.
I roll my eyes, opening the door to my bedroom. Albie gets Noah, who flips him off, but I get stuck with the most humorless bodyguard on the security team. I wonder if I can request a new version that comes with a sense of humor.
Albie knocks quietly on the wall by the secret passageway, and I let him in. “Keep your voice down,” I whisper. “Simon is outside.”
“We’re not staying here, anyway,” he says. He sets a leather carryall just inside the room.
“What kind of supplies?”
A slow smile spreads across Albie’s face. “Greedy little thing, aren’t you?”
I feel myself flush as he walks toward me and slides his finger under my chin, tilting my mouth up to his. When he kisses me, I melt into him, desire rushing through me as he slowly unzips the back of my dress. It falls to the floor at my feet in a puddle of fabric.
Unclasping my bra, he tosses it across the floor and then backs up, appraising me from arm’s length. “Much better.”
“Are you happy now?” I ask.
“Not quite,” he whispers. “We have places to be.”
“You’re undressing me, but we have an agenda?”
Albie steps close to me, running his hands up the middle of my back. His touch makes me shiver, goose bumps dotting my arms. My nipples stand at attention and I press my body against his, craving his touch.
When he walks away from me, uttering a groan under his breath, my body aches for him. “I have something for you,” he says, turning to open his bag.
“Should I be scared?”
He turns, a purple plastic object attached to a harness dangling from his fingers.
“What is that?”
“I want you to wear this,” he says, kneeling at my feet. “I want you to wear this.”
“What is it?”
“A vibrator,” he says, sliding the harness up my legs, his hands brushing lightly along my thighs.
“If you think I’m wearing this to another party, you’re out of your mind,” I protest. But I can’t help the moan that escapes my lips when he reaches my pussy. Before he puts the vibrator on me, he pauses to press his mouth against my clit, rolling his tongue over me.
When I press his head against me, he pulls away, replacing his lips with the vibrator. Disappointment rushes through me. “Not here, luv,” he says. “Don’t worry. I’ll have my mouth on you soon enough.”
“Are you going to tell me where we’re going?”
“That would spoil the surprise.”
“But you’re outfitting me with a vibrator,” I whisper.
“I’m not done yet, luv,” he says, standing as he flicks on the vibrator with his remote. The buzzing directly on my clit sends pleasure soaring through my body. Albie brushes his fingers against my pussy lips. “You’re wet already. Dirty girl.”
Albie is definitely turning me into one.
My inhibitions are being slowly stripped away by this man who seems to have no inhibitions of his own.
He reaches into his bag and removes a butt plug and lubricant. Arousal rushes through me at the sight of the objects he used on me before. But my lingering sense of propriety makes me protest. “I’m not going out in public with that, Albie,” I whisper.
“Semi-public,” he says, kneeling at my feet again, his face hovering inches from my pussy. When he brings the toy to my rear, I tense, even with the vibration surging through my clit.
“Not even semi-public,” I say.
“It’s just the two of us,” he says. “I promise. Away from the palace. Do you trust me?”
He grins as he looks up at me, and I sigh. “I’d have to be crazy to trust you.”
“You do strike me as rather insane,” he says. “Now, spread your legs for me, luv.”
I don’t know why I listen to him.
I don’t know why it’s so thrilling to obey Albie’s commands.
I don’t know why I step a foot to the side, my legs spread, the vibrator teasing my clit.
I just do it.
The air feels cool on my wet pussy.
“God, you look gorgeous from down here,” Albie says. With one hand, he slides two fingers inside me and with the other, he presses the plug against my asshole. He’s gentle with it, slowly maneuvering the lubricated toy inside me while his fingers play with my pussy. The stimulation is almost unbearable, the pleasure nearly too much as he fills me up to the hilt with the plug.
On the floor kneeling between my legs, he strokes me with his fingers while the vibrator does its work on my clit. The sensation of being completely filled up is almost too over-stimulating. Within seconds, I’m nearly doubled over, clutching his head and clinging to him as my orgasm overtakes me, sudden and violent in its intensity.
My muscles clench furiously around Albie’s fingers, but he has no mercy. He turns the vibr
ator off, sliding his fingers from between my legs before I’m ready. I watch as he puts them in his mouth and licks them clean. “I’ll finish this later,” he says. “I’m planning to have you for dessert.”
“And I’m going to wear this wherever we’re going?” I ask. The throbbing between my legs is distracting, so much so that I can’t think clearly. I’m not sure why it’s so thrilling when he tells me what to do.
Albie disappears into the closet and returns with an armful of clothing. “You’re going to wear that,” he says. “I want you to be ready for me.”
“I don’t know why I’m agreeing to this.”
In fact, I don’t know why I’m agreeing to any of this with Albie. He’s pushing my boundaries beyond what I’d ever considered, much less tried.
Standing in my royal bedroom wearing a butt plug and a harness with a vibrator is beyond my comfort zone.
Or so I thought.
“Because you like it, Belle,” he says.
When I reach for the simple sundress he’s holding, he pulls it away and kisses my lips softly instead. “Let me,” he says. “I like taking care of you.”
Then he dresses me.
Slowly and methodically, he slides the dress over my head. The fabric caresses my skin as it falls over my body.
I’d never guess that putting clothes on could be sexy as hell, but Albie has a way of making the process of getting dressed more erotic than removing clothes. Of course, the fact that I have a vibrator pressing against my clit and a butt plug in my ass might have something to do with the heat level here.
We make our way out of the palace through the secret passageway, and Albie flicks on the vibrator in intervals, enough to keep me aroused but not send me hurtling over the edge. Walking with the plug inside me is the strangest sensation I’ve ever experienced, simultaneously uncomfortable and arousing.
I move slowly and carefully, my steps measured. My entire body feels like it’s on high alert as Albie leads me quietly out of the house, across the immaculately manicured lawn, and towards the densely wooded land surrounding the estate.
It’s dusk, but the canopy of trees in the woods makes it even darker than it was just a minute ago when we were on the lawn. “Okay, this is getting slightly creepy,” I say, only half-joking.
“Only slightly?” he asks. “I’ll have to try harder.”
We walk along a path that’s less manicured than the rest of the property, winding past the trees until we can’t see the main house any longer.
“Are you going to tell me where we’re going now?” I ask. In response, he flicks on the vibrator, laughing when I grip his arm tightly, my fingernails digging into his skin. I pause in the middle of the trail, unmoving, as the vibration sends waves of pleasure through me.
“We’re almost there,” he says.
“You’re going to make me come,” I protest.
“You’re not allowed to come yet, luv.” He stands close to me, pushing my hair back from my face. His lips hover millimeters away from mine, but when I arch my back up to meet them, he denies me, and puts a finger on my lips. “It’s right around the bend here.”
We reach the place a few minutes later, and I stand there, wordlessly taking it in. Technically it's a tree house, although it’s not like any tree house I’ve ever seen before. It’s the size of a cottage, two-stories tall with a balcony on the upper level, built so that it rests between several trees twenty feet high. A wooden walkway with elaborately carved railings winds down from the doorway to the ground and curves around to meet the pathway. Two lanterns trim the opening of the walkway, casting a golden glow on the path.
In a word, it’s magical.
“What is this place?” I ask.
“Come on.” He pulls me up the walkway that leads to the door, and I follow him, completely mesmerized by this little house in the trees. “My father had this built for Alex and I when we were kids.”
“This was your tree house?" I ask, shaking my head in disbelief as I take it in. It’s just as breathtaking on the inside, rustic and wooden with huge windows that overlook the surrounding forest. And upstairs, there’s a loft bedroom with a ceiling made of glass panels – a window looking out to the sky.
“It’s not a regular tree house, I know,” Albie says, shrugging. “When my father does something, he goes big. Alex never really liked it much out here. She was always too scared to come out in the woods. So this became my place. I’ve never brought anyone out here before.”
I tear my gaze away from the star-dotted sky and turn to face him. “Why me?” I ask, my voice barely more than a whisper.
No sooner do the words leave my mouth, than I’m filled with regret for asking them. Fear clutches at my chest. I’m afraid of what he might say. And more afraid to admit to myself what I’m starting to feel for him.
Albie tilts my face up to his. But when he opens his mouth to speak, I stop him. “No,” I say, quickly. “Don’t answer that. Forget I asked.”
“Because I want you, Belle,” he says, ferocity in his gaze as he brings his mouth to mine and kisses me until I’m breathless. “More than anything. I want to claim every inch of you.”
Every inch of me.
The entire walk here was foreplay.
“I want you to have me,” I say.
I mean every word.
I want to give myself to him, completely and entirely.
I pull his shirt over his head, my eyes lingering on his muscular chest and his perfectly defined abdomen. My fingers trail over his arms, across the tattoo of the royal family crest that covers his sculpted bicep.
He’s a work of art. He’s absolutely fucking perfect.
He watches me, his lids heavy, letting out a groan under his breath when I undo his belt and strip him of his pants. When I’m on my knees, he growls. “Why do I like it so much when you’re down on your knees?”
I don’t answer. I run my hands over his muscular thighs, cupping his balls before wrapping my hand around his shaft and directing his cock toward my mouth. I’m practically salivating at the thought of having him in my mouth again. Running my tongue up the underside of his cock, I lick him, my tongue catching the tiniest drop of pre-cum that hangs from the tip of his head.
He’s salty-sweet, and I can’t think of anything that tastes better.
I wrap my lips around him, but only for a second before he’s pulling me to my feet, his voice gruff. “No,” he says. “That’s not what I want.”
I don’t ask what he wants.
I don’t have time to ask before he’s yanking my dress over my head. His mouth is on my neck, my breasts, my stomach, and then lower as he pulls the straps from the vibrator over my hips and tosses it to the side. Between my legs, my aching emptiness is distracting, my pussy throbbing as his warm breath wafts over me.
Albie brings me to the bed, pausing for a moment to look at me.