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Cheshire in Heartsland
By Ariella Zoelle
Wonderland Ever After, Book 2
Cheshire is determined to convince King Rei to give them a second chance at happily ever after. But what if the only way to do that is for the cat shifter to team up with his enemy?
I could sulk about King Rei choosing his duty to his kingdom over our relationship, but it’s way more fun to get payback by stealing his crowns. Of course, my favorite form of revenge is tempting my fated mate with what he could have if only he wasn’t so stubborn.
We’ve been playing our will-they-won’t-they game since he took the throne, but the stakes change when a rival prince arrives in Wonderland to try wooing away my beloved. As a master of mayhem and mischief, I’m prepared to chase off the unwanted interloper by any means necessary.
But I quickly discover that the little princeling isn’t what he seems. And what’s more ingenious than working with my enemy to catch Rei by surprise? After all, I said I’d do absolutely anything to win him back.
Will my efforts finally motivate Rei to let me claim him as my mate?
Cheshire in Heartsland is the second book in the Wonderland Ever After series. This sweet-with-heat MM paranormal fantasy romance features affectionate shifters, fated mates, second chances, and a royal gay romance. Escape into this Wonderland full of whimsy, where everyone gets a HEA without cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone but is best enjoyed in order.
Chapter 3: Cheshire Cat
Prince Renner got out of the carriage, giving me my first proper glimpse of him. He was tall, lithe, and had beautiful seafoam-green hair with blue highlights that cascaded around him in gentle waves. His eyes were a similar enchanting shade of sea glass, giving him an ethereal beauty that was sure to make all the aristocrats at court swoon over him once he arrived at the palace.
I watched from my invisible vantage point as he instructed his guards to lead the horses to water. He followed behind them at a much more leisurely pace as he marveled at his surroundings like a royal who didn’t get out in the wild very often. In his iridescent teal tunic and white britches, he was the vision of a fairy-tale prince who would be a perfect consort to the king. Worse, he looked like someone my mate could easily learn to love.
That simply wouldn’t do. Rather than becoming maudlin, it was time to act. I used my invisibility to my advantage, rustling the leaves in the trees above him suspiciously. “You look lost, little princeling,” I said in an echoing voice that made it impossible to tell which direction it came from originally.
Rather than freezing with panic, his beautiful eyes lit up with delight. “Are you the infamous Cheshire cat?” Prince Renner asked, his tone laced with excitement as he looked around the area.
That generally wasn’t the reaction most people had to me. Clearly, the little princeling was too naïve to know better.
I lounged on a tree branch with one paw dangling down as I slowly revealed myself from my tail to the tips of my ears. “Indeed, it is I, the master of mischief and mayhem.”
To my surprise, he clasped his hands together as he gazed up at me with awe. “It’s really you! Oh, how marvelous! It truly must be my lucky day.”
I tilted my head as I regarded him. “Why do you not fear me as most do?”
“Because I think you’re the most amazing creature in all of Wonderland.” There was genuine admiration in his voice as he stared at me. “I agreed to come here because I was hoping I’d be fortunate enough to meet you.”
I swished my tail in annoyance that the encounter wasn’t going according to plan. “Are you saying you came to meet me and not King Rei?”
“I have to meet him, but I wanted to meet you,” Prince Renner said with an earnestness that made it very hard to stay cross with him. “Your exploits are legendary. I love how you give hell to all those stuffy aristocrats I can’t stand.” He crinkled his nose adorably.
“You’re a fan because I cause trouble for people like you?” I rested my chin on my paws. “Perhaps you are more mad than me.”
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Check out Book 1:
Alistair in Wonderland
Wonderland Ever After, Book 1
Alistair falls down the rabbit hole and becomes the new Alice. Can he save Wonderland’s magic by falling in love with his fated mate?
My life sucks until Bianco shows up. He’s a gorgeous albino who promises me a fun adventure while looking like a handsome prince from a fairy tale. I happily follow him down the rabbit hole in the hopes of getting up to some sexy shenanigans.
Imagine my shock when I discover he’s the famous White Rabbit from the books and one of the last shifters left in Wonderland! Even more surprising is finding out I’m a descendant of the original Alice, which means I’m the only person who can bring the missing magic back to their world.
That’s all well and good, but our incredible chemistry is highly distracting. It’s impossible to resist our intense attraction when I’m his fated mate, so why bother trying? But maybe there’s a way to have it all.
What if forming a mating bond with Bianco is the way to make all my dreams come true and save Wonderland at the same time?
Alistair in Wonderland is the first book in the Wonderland Ever After series. This sweet-with-heat MM paranormal fantasy romance features affectionate shifters, fated mates, and a magical gay romance. These books have hilarious characters to adore, a lot of sexy fun times, and no angst love stories that make you laugh and swoon. Escape into this Wonderland full of whimsy, where everyone gets a HEA without cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone but is best enjoyed in order.
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Ariella Zoelle adores steamy, funny, swoony romances where couples are allowed to just be happy. She writes low angst stories full of heat, humor, and heart. But sometimes she’s in the mood for something with a bit more angst and drama. If you are too, check out her A.F. Zoelle books.
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