Title: King's Treasure
Series: Oil Kings #3
Author: Marie Johnston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 8, 2021
I’m from a rich family, have domineering parents that I still live with, and I went to college but can’t get taken seriously in my chosen field.
Can I be any more of a cliché?
Yes, I can. I just woke up married in Vegas. But my new husband will get me the freedom I’ve been looking for. With him by my side, I won’t get married off to some well-bred rich boy of my dad’s choosing. I’ll be free to pursue my passion for environmental protection. Until my new husband Xander tells me the last name I didn’t catch before I signed the papers and said “I do.”
My dad’s the King Oil CEO, not me. I’m the son that makes him wonder what he did wrong, spending my time roaming the world, avoiding home so I don’t have to tell my billionaire dad and accomplished brothers why I’m broke and jobless.
My environmentalist wife wants an annulment as soon as she finds out who I am, until I tell her my reason for getting married. My millions of reasons from my trust fund.
All Savvy has to do is stay married to me for a year and then she gets half. We can go our separate ways after 365 days. Except I want more than a year. Somehow, as a guy who has committed to no one and nowhere his entire adult life, I have to convince her to give me a lifetime.
“Xander and I got married last night. Xander. This is my dad. Walter Abbot.”
Xander released my hand to hold his out. “Nice to meet you.” He was so steady, not at all intimidated.
Chief continued to pretend Xander didn’t exist. “I would’ve thought you were smarter than being taken by a guy who’s after your money.”
“Like you often tell me, I have no money, and I never told him that my family is wealthy.” I chanced a glance at Xander. His brows were only slightly lifted. He was surprised, but the news otherwise had no bearing on his demeanor. But he didn’t know how wealthy my family was.
“People like him know. Just like you should know better. If it’s not the money, it’s the . . .” He waved his hand, his face deepening from red to purple.
Xander stepped in. “Savvy has a lot more to offer than her wallet or her looks.” He took my hand again and it was all I could do not to hide behind him. His words probably made things worse, but I appreciated the effort. It was already more than any previous date had done.
Chief zeroed in on Xander, like my new husband was an enemy sniper hiding in the backyard. “And what is it, exactly, that you do?”
One of the men hanging out in the entry of the restaurant wandered out, his gaze drifting over me.
Gentry King. The man I’d worked so hard to impress yesterday was about to witness Chief humiliating me. I hoped he was too busy and disengaged from the daily details of his work to realize the professional Sapphire Abbot he was supposed to have met with yesterday had shown up today married to a guy her dad hated.
Mr. King wasn’t any different than his pictures, but his presence packed a punch. He was almost as tall as Xander, his shoulders just as broad, but his expression was much less hostile than Chief’s. No doubt he was putting two and two together and figuring out I was Chief’s daughter. I wouldn’t have believed the power he held over Chief if my father didn’t visibly calm down the instant Mr. King stepped closer to us. This account was extremely important to Chief. My mini-crisis was averted. He’d hold himself together through the meal, but I’d get another berating afterward.
Mr. King’s gaze left me and landed on Xander. His brows rose, his eyes filling with curiosity, but also brightening, like he was happy to see my husband. “Xander? What are you doing here?” Before I could muddle through how Gentry King knew my new husband, Xander said, “Hi, Dad.”
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Marie Johnston writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She also works as a medical laboratory scientist and has worked as a public health microbiologist. Depending on the situation, she can be oddly unconcerned about germs or weirdly phobic. Marie’s been a volunteer EMT, a college instructor, a security guard, a phlebotomist, a hotel clerk, and a coffee pourer in a bingo hall. All fodder for a writer!! She has a husband, four kids, and even more cats.