Wendy reviews ‘Blessing and Light’ (An Order Universe Holiday Short) by Kasia Bacon. Self Published November 20, 2017, 23 pages.
Heedless of the holiday, the Commander of the H’Aren fortress, Captain Torýn Torhdhar, seems to find his satisfaction in work.
Such occurrence hardly surprises his Orderly, Sæbastyn Hyago, even though the young Lieutenant has spent a silent, aching decade wishing his superior officer would pursue pleasure elsewhere—specifically in his arms. But as the evening continues, nothing about it meets Sæbastyn’s expectations. Will the Lieutenant see his secret desires realised, or his heart shattered?
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Why I read this book: I’ve read everything by this author. From her debut book to this short, her fourth. I love to read an author that has a grasp on world building and how to structure a story without making it feel technical. Kasia’s stories flow flawlessly! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Order Universe!!!
This is a short story that takes place in the Order Universe but you could read this one as a stand alone. I would suggest reading the entire series though, because not only is it a wonderful series, but you will also understand the Order Universe world and how it works better for having read them.
I have a love for this trope, almost more than any other. There’s something about pining after the one you love while that person is completely unaware that just does it for me. With this one, the fact that it seems to come from both MC’s just turned this story into an extra special early Christmas present for me and something about this time of year that makes me absolutely crave a romance with a HEA. That there’s a healthy dose of angst in getting there just pulled me in.
The characters are sweet even while they are warriors, they aren’t heartless, both are dedicated to their work and each other. Who doesn’t like that combo? I can still picture myself as a fly on the wall during their dinner because the author creates a picture with words that stays with you. The holiday celebration they have in this book felt like a festival from a time long past as well as from a completely different world. I wish the story was longer, not because it needed more to make the story, but purely because I want more of the characters.
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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