Excerpt: A Player for a Princess by Tia Louise

From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, the game continues…

Zelda Wilder is on the run, this time from the ruthless assassins who’ve decided she knows too much to live.

“Playboy Prince” MacCallum Lockwood Tate isn’t about to let the beautiful player who stole his heart get away—if only he could decide whether he wants to save her or strangle her for her dangerous choices.

After tracking her down to a casino in St. Croix, Cal follows Zee back to Tortola where he intends to keep her safe. One problem: Zelda’s criminal liaisons are two steps ahead of her.

Lives are threatened, and all of the players’ skills are tested in this plot to capture a killer and save a princess.

Cinderella meets Ocean's Eleven in this CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE DUET featuring secrets, lies, royal high jinks, scams and double-crosses; breathless, swooning lust, cocky princes, dominant alpha future-kings, and crafty courtiers, who are not always what they seem. 


My phone chooses that particular moment to vibrate and ring. It’s the call I’ve been dreading all day, and I do a little wave before leaving Cal at the shoreline and walking back toward the bar.

“Where are you?” I hate Seth’s temper. He’s been showing it more and more lately, which makes me suspicious.

“I’m sorry.” I can’t keep the sarcasm out of my tone. “Were you concerned something might have happened to me after you abandoned me in the street to figure it out?”

Guess what? I get mad, too.

“Maybe,” he says, easing off the gas.

“More like you were worried about your money.”

“So where the fuck are you?”

“I’m with Cal at Smuggler’s Cove.” That shuts his big mouth. “I guess you thought he wouldn’t find me. Well, think again.”

“You told him exactly where we were headed in Miami.” He does a little exhale into the speaker. “I don’t care about this bullshit. You need to come in and meet me at Blix’s.”

“Why? What does he have to do with it?” I don’t like mixing with Seth’s old South Beach crew. I heard rumors they were mostly drug dealers and uniquely cruel. Maybe that’s Seth’s problem—he’s using again.

“He’s got ways to move money around undetected. When can you meet me?”

“Not today. I’m with Cal.”

“Fuck your prince.”

“Fuck you.” I’m about to hang up when he stops me.

“What about tomorrow?”

Looking over my shoulder, I see Cal has run out of patience and is headed my way. “Tomorrow’s pretty open. I’ll text you.”

“I’ll send you the address.”

It’s the last words I hear before I end the call. I shove the phone in my pocket, looking up at the sexy man walking to me, wanting to take me out of this life I’ve built.

“Had enough of paradise?” I tease.

Suspicion is in his eyes. It’s in his lowered brow and the way his mouth is a straight line. “No, I was just thinking I’m more a fan of Blue Lagoon than The Old Man and the Sea.”

Shaking my head, I tease, hoping to move us away from my phone call. “Always with the breasts. I’m not as pretty as Brook Shields.”

He catches me by the belt loops, jerking my pelvis against his. “I’m tired of arguing. Let’s get naked.”

About the Author

The “Queen of Hot Romance,” Tia Louise is the Award-Winning, International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.

From “Readers’ Choice” nominations, to USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning the 2015 “Favorite Erotica Author” and the 2014 “Lady Boner Award” (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.

A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the USA with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations..