Ascend by Amanda Hocking
"I apologize for the intrusion, Princess," he said, his smile already fading. "And as much as I'd like to say that I'm here for pleasure, I..." He swallowed something back, and his hands gripped tighter on the doorframe.
"Are you all right?" I asked, pushing past Duncan.
"I..." Loki started to speak, but his knees gave out. He pitched forward, and I rushed to catch him. He fell into my arms, and I lowered him to the floor.
"Loki?" I brushed the hair back from his eyes, and they fluttered open.
"Wendy." He smiled up at me, but the smile was weak.
"If I'd known that this is what it would take to get you to hold me, I would've collapsed a long time ago."
"What is going on, Loki?" I asked gently. If he hadn't been so obviously distressed, I would've swatted him for that comment, but he grimaced in pain when I touched his face.
"Amnesty," he said thickly, and his eyes closed. "I need amnesty, Princess." His head tilted to the side, and his body relaxed. He'd passed out. - Pages 12-13
It took awhile to get this quote as most of the ones I wanted to used would have given too much away which I hope that this one doesn't.
I have not long started this book but already I am hooked and I can't wait to find out what is going to happen next as loads has already happened!
This is an arc copy so therefore subject to change to final copy.