Sasha L. Miller
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Less Than Three Press
Release Date
May 2015
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

On the trail of a dangerous, violent mage, Tannis and his partner, Beck, fall into a nasty trap—and it's Beck who barely survives, losing blood almost faster than Tannis can get her to the nearest village for help.

Help proves to be Isani, a curt, mercurial healer who wants nothing to do with Tannis, and even less to do with the mage they're hunting—a mage Isani knows far too well, and had hoped would never return.

Book Review by Annette Gisby (author,reviewer)
Apr 25, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
146 people found the following review helpful
A short, sweet male/male romance with two fantastic leads.

On the hunt for a renegade mage, soldier Tannis and his partner Beck disturb one of the mage's traps and Beck is mortally wounded. They are in the middle of nowhere during a snowstorm and only just make it to the village of Axebridge in time.

Beck has lost a lot of blood and her life hangs in the balance. Tannis is sent to fetch the healer from the village, a man called Isani. Tannis is shocked to discover that the healer himself is crippled, with a wooden leg in place of one. He's curious to know what had happened. Was it an injury or had he been born with only one leg?

Isani is brusque and rude, and doesn't want pity or sympathy, but Tannis knows he is the only one to help Beck, as Isani too is a mage and a mage's skills are what's needed now.

Tannis and Isani spend time together helping Beck and searching the surrounds for Corric, the renegade mage who attacked them, and grow closer as a result. But there are things about Corric that Isani isn't telling and the truth leaves Tannis reeling.

Although short, this is a complete, self-contained story. The characters have depth and there is enough world-building and description to set the scenes. You can almost feel the cold of the snow and Beck's appalling injuries. It's well written with good pacing and characters to fall in love with.

We don't get to see much of Corric until towards the end, but the threat of him is always there like a weapon poised to strike.

Isani and Tannis' relationship takes a while to build, which worked well here. And even when they do manage to reveal their feelings, it's only the beginning of their relationship that you see. Tannis is jaded by war and Isani is very prickly all round, so you know that things with these two were never going to be simple, but it would be real.

A great, romantic read.
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