Wendy reviews The Highlander (An Order Series Novelette) by Kasia Bacon. Self published August 31, 2017, 16 thousand words.
We would like to congratulate Kasia Bacon on the release today of her newest Novelette The Highlander ( The Order Series).
As a half-breed Elf, I have struggled against prejudice and feelings of inadequacy.
A recluse by nature, I have battled my aversion to touch and interaction with others.
To become an assassin of The Order, I have learnt to overcome the limitations of my mind and body.
But denying the power Ervyn Morryés holds over me might be the one fight I lose. The truth is—damn it all—the relentless Highlander brings me to my knees.
Note: This novelette is the second in the Order Series, and not a stand-alone installment. Reading THE MUTT is crucial for its full enjoyment.
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I knew my insomnia worried him. Elven Army regulations regarded bedtime as a serious matter. A soldier’s body—well-honed, fed and rested—served as their primary weapon. A tired soldier made errors. And errors claimed lives.
To escape further scrutiny, I backed towards my cot and hopped under the blankets.
Of course, Ervyn took it as an invitation. Not that he ever acted as if he needed one. He shrugged out of his heavy leather jerkin and pulled off his boots.
“Come now.” In the near darkness, I heard a smile in his voice. “Let me tuck you into bed, mu’hrōnye.”
He’d fallen into the habit of calling me that. I asked the meaning of it once, but he simply laughed and distracted me by biting on the shell of my ear.
Ghor still hadn’t stirred. For once, I didn’t mind his snoring.
The narrow cot made for a tight fit for Ervyn and me.
Something else felt tight, besides. The crotch of my trousers.
Ervyn’s hand immediately rose to brush my cheek and jaw line. “I missed you,” he murmured.
My pulse jumped a notch.
He tended to say things like that, nonchalant, as if betraying one’s thoughts cost nothing. His impulsivity meant he rarely bothered to conceal his wants and intentions. Such a barefaced approach shocked the hell out of me, although I partly admired, partly envied his readiness to show emotion.
My eyes slid closed at the warm, rough feel of his thickened fingertips: the draw hand of the archer. Somehow this heightened my pleasure. The smell of pine needles, leather and horses hit my nostrils.
His thumb skimmed my bottom lip.
I moaned, already so aroused I could kill with my hard-on. Which, in fairness, would be a handy skill to have for an assassin.
Why I read this book: This author is fairly new to me. I’ve enjoyed everything that she’s written and made *grabby hands* when I saw the opportunity to review this story.
This is not a stand alone story. It’s novelette size and the second story of an ongoing series called ‘The Order’ and you should read ‘The Mutt’ beforehand in order to get the most from it.
Lochan, is very serious and quiet. He doesn’t speak unless he absolutely has to, by choice. He’s completely aware and assessing of everything that’s going on around him. and just isn’t a man who thinks he would get value from friendships and socialization. He’s got some serious abandonment issues from his past that shaped some of this behavior and he works even harder to overcome the stigma of being a half-breed. But he’s good at what he does, VERY good! He’s been trained by some of the best and follows in his families footsteps as one of the top assassins out there. He’s in the final stages of his training in this story and is wondering how his dark elf lover, Ervyn can have such an effect on all his senses.
Ervyn, like I mentioned in the last paragraph, is a dark elf. He’s as jovial and outgoing as Lochan is reclusive. He also is in the final stages of his training but he is an archer. Ervyn has a zest for life and a way of having Lochan in the palm of his hand. He’s able to get the very quiet and serious half breed to do things that he would have never in a million years considered doing… and doing those things with abandon. I like the way these characters compliment each other with their differences. I’m totally, 100%, completely invested in these characters!
The premise is all about their finishing training and gearing up for the next step in their journey. there’s super hot moments between these guys and there’s a few angsty moments where I wasn’t sure just what direction the story was going to take. Sometimes you run across an author who has a superior talent and ability to tell a tale, that is this author. I love this world that Kasia Bacon has written, I can’t wait to see more of it!
A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves. Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. She has a mild coffee and lemon tart addiction. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors. She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.
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