Rio (Tales of the Shareem, 2)
Nella is on the run, alone, penniless, friendless. She can trust no one—except the tall, amazing man who saves her from assassination and carries her off to his hideaway.
He's a Shareem, he says. Rio. Level three, dark and dangerous pleasures.
Nella has no clue what Shareem are, but Rio is enticing, sexual, and makes her laugh. He also teaches her to trust him, as only a level-three Shareem can.