Title: Twenty-One Arrow Salute (The Order #2.5)
Author: Kasia Bacon
Publisher: self published
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Genre(s): Fantasy, New Adult
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5
An archer’s heart is a hard target to hit…
Verhan T?rryés of Black Mountain is a handful.
Freshly enlisted in the Highland Regiment, he does all he can to steer clear of responsibility and commitment. Just not his cup of mead, that. Loose of tongue and even looser of morals, he rarely misses an opportunity to get into trouble—and into the other archers’ knickers, too.
In a unit composed almost entirely of Dark Elves, Hernan Seinnés, with his green eyes and auburn hair, is an outsider. When Verhan, up the creek again, is blackmailed into helping Hernan, he never expects to fall for him. But during the long hours spent training Hernan for the Honour Guard, feelings strike the Highlander right in the heart—and with the force of an arrow.
Unversed in relationships, Verhan finally plucks up enough courage to tell Hernan how he feels, only to drive the Asirhw?nian away instead. If Verhan can swallow his pride, he might get one last chance to show Hernan what he means to him—and maybe this time he can hit the mark.
I had so much fun with the previous book from this author that I decided to pick this one up. It’s funny and light and happily trots along interesting characters. It does have modern vibe which doesn’t quite fit the fantasy world it is set in, but it’s still interesting story.
We are starting with a little bit of blackmail :). To keep his bacon out of fire Verhan agrees to help newbie recruit practice arrow shooting. Lend a helping hand and so on. Sadly for Verhan, he ends up wanting to do more than that. (And it’s noticeable the author is a linguist – strange words pop up here and there, giving it tolkinesque feel). That’s where there is a hitch in the works for Verhan. His crush doesn’t react the same way his previous partners did. Verhan who up until now had no care for tomorrow and lived up to his reputation of reckless fool for the first time wants something badly enough to tie himself in knots. Naturally this confused the hell out of him. It was fun watching him flounder.
The book is aimed toward New Adult audiences and it feels but it’s easy to care about characters and I cheered for Verhan to win the heart of fair guy.
It’s a cute little story.
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