Chapter 3 - 2018 Top Ten Gay Romance

So, a man couldbed with another man, and presumably Prince Efren would expect that as part of their marriage. A shiver ran up his spine, and he rubbed the back of his neck. Did he actually welcome the thought?

The prince had looked at him from across the hall, sized him up, and decided Marcelo would make an acceptable partner. Prince Efren would be a hundred times worldlier than Marcelo, and probably knew that history about Sheburat’s royal sons better than he, who actually was one.

But what of Prince Efren? He’d been prepared to marry Marcela. Would he have preferred a woman? Was his desire to complete the terms of the treaty sooner rather than later more important to him than his personal choice for a spouse? And more importantly…

“Why doesn’t he care that he can’t have any legitimate heirs if he marries me?”

“Perhaps he is satisfied with letting his younger siblings and their children carry on the line.”

Marcelo stared at the fallen cup that had rolled toward the fireplace. He had so many questions, but most he would be uncomfortable asking his father.

“I don’t have a choice in this matter, do I.” It was a statement, not a question.

“No. I’m sorry, but you don’t.”


n sheltered from commonplace knowledge, but apparently, he shouldn’t have confidence in everything written in books either. He trusted the

rous. But when he thought about it, Sheburat’s arguments against educating the commoners appeared self-serving and coldhearted. Zioneven’s policy seemed more benevolent, and likely to cultivate a

? Because the children of the humblest of field workers could elevate themselves to a learned position in life…maybe even a diplomat? He’d thought it was because

civilized when assembled in the great hall as the people of Sheburat, and their crown prince had taken it upon himself to carry Marcelo to h

n, the rulers of Zioneven seemed more principled than Sheburat’s. Marcelo had accepted that he would be alon

n had alarmed him to the point where he’d passed out rather than deal with the thought of it. Unbe

highly respected rulers to one where they would instead have to accept the reign of a man in a land where rul

t he would have never enjoyed the status of his sisters. Would his standing be ele

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e fact that he must marry Prince Efren tomorrow regardless, but it would help