Jayde let him pull her into his lap, pressed her thigh into the hand that slipped across her leg as he spoke to the other men seated near him. He could so effortlessly render her invisible, his gaze never once drifting to her as he interacted with those around him, but the curl of his fingers against the underside of her thigh reminded her that she was his tonight and that he hadn't forgotten. As the cold weight of dread settled onto her stomach, Jayde slipped her fingers into his hair and gazed at him softly, letting her mind drift through the ways that she might kill him. *** At 23 years old, Jayde Auguirre has successfully led her people in rebellion against the Empire, having lost all that she holds dear. When Imperial forces return to capture her city once again, Jayde is forced into the service of the Empire as a concubine, where she must make brutal sacrifices and confront her past in order to save her city and claim a new life for herself. Trigger Warning: Violence, Sexual Assault, Abuse, Substance Use This story explores content related to sex and consent and lack thereof, so if that makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you!