The Highlander (The Order series #2)
Author: Kasia Bacon
Cover Artist: Marek Frankowski
Release Date: August 31 2017
Genre/s: Fantasy/Paranormal M/M Romance
Length: Words: 16K No. of Pages: 65
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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 standalone instalment. Reading The Mutt is crucial for its full enjoyment.
ExcerptI 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.
I was excited to read this second book in The Order series to find out how Ervyn and Lochan’s relationship was evolving. This book is told from Lochan’s point of view, and we get to see both his undeniable attraction to Ervyn but also how conflicted he is about them being together when he believes they will wind up separated from each other soon.
I loved delving back into this world and getting to see Lochan’s side of things. It was already obvious from the first book how deep his and Ervyn’s connection runs, and it’s even more evident here in The Highlander…something that makes Lochan’s heart ache when he thinks of how they will both be headed off to separate assignments soon. The angst factor is definitely upped in this story, enough to actually have me concerned for a bit. Thank goodness Ervyn’s pull is so powerful… (and yes, that’s a tease)
I really like how this world and what goes on there is unfolding, and after the way this story ended I am desperate to read more. There’s romance of course, but there’s also tension, action and excitement as well—all taking place in this great fantasy world setting. I’m in this one for the long haul, and I hope there’s going to be a lot more to come—there’s certainly plenty of directions this series can go from here.
5 angsty stars for The Highlander, and if you’re a fan of M/M fantasy romance you’ll definitely want to start this series if you haven’t already. The Mutt should be read before The Highlander, otherwise you will probably be a bit lost coming into the middle of Ervyn and Lochan’s tale. This book is for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
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