As an elite Sacrati fighter in the mighty Torian military, Theos is blessed with a city full of women who want to bear his children, and a barracks full of men proud to fight at his side and share his bed. He has everything he needs—until he captures Finnvid on a raid.
Finnvid is on a secret mission to prevent the Torian invasion of his homeland Elkat. Being enslaved by Torian soldiers wasn’t in his plans. Neither is his horrified fascination with the casual promiscuity of the Sacrati warriors. Men should not lie with other men—and he should not be so intrigued when they do. He definitely should not be most intrigued by the leader of the soldiers who captured him and plan to invade his home.
For Theos, everything would have been easier if the infuriating, lying, bewildering Elkati had never come into his life, but he can’t stay away. When betrayal and treachery threaten both their nations, they must work together to stop a war that could destroy their homes forever—even as they begin to question everything they’re fighting for.
Kate plays off the cultural differences between a matriarchal empire where men are exiled to the military and a small kingdom that’s patriarchal, homophobic and monogamous.
Which leads to the most hilarious scene I have ever read. Ever.
I laughed out loud while reading this. My husband was reading in bed next to me, asked me what was so funny. I read the scene to him, and then we both rolled around laughing. Long after I turned off the light, I burst into giggles.
Even now, months later, a grin is blossoming across my cheeks just remembering.
I’d read it again just for this scene, but the rest of novel is pretty darn good too 😉 I can’t believe it’s 400 whole pages. It reads much faster.
She also wrote Mark of Cain, a contemporary romance about an Anglican priest coming to terms with his attraction to the repentant man who killed his brother. I don’t usually read contemporary, but I loved this one too.
What are you reading this month?