From saga novel Pretenders by Lynda Williams.
"I am going out on the Plaza with Ayrium," Amra said, speaking in rel-peerage. "You will wait here."
He is giving Di Mon orders! Ayrium marveled, and held her breath, waiting for Di Mon to admonish him. It was Di Mon, after all, who was liege here! She was half afraid she might be forced to draw her sword in Amra's defense!
Mom would be so pleased at my progress wooing Fountain Court! she thought in a fit of black humor.
Believing the impossible is tough, even when the evidence begins to stack up. Ayrium takes a long time to "get" that Amra is more than he seems. But in this scene from Part 3: Pretenders, she is already noticing something odd about Amra's relationship with Di Mon.