Haunted by loss, Cascadian assassin Rickert D’Angelus is on a mission of vengeance. Determined to stop the Pacifican army from finding a portal to his world, he leads a group of warriors into New Seattle with one goal—to kill all Pacifican soldiers.
Neyla Trihorn had the perfect life until a deadly accident revealed her latent para-abilities. Now, the former fashion designer is the Pacifican army’s hottest commodity in their fight against the invaders.
When Rickert discovers a beautiful, unconscious soldier on a cold mountain ledge near the portal, he realizes she’s a Protection-Talent and cannot be killed. To prevent the army from using her skills again, he takes her as his prisoner instead.
One fated touch…
But when he pulls her into his arms, a sexy and compelling vision appears, awakening something inside him. Something he can’t ignore.
Torn between duty and passion, Rickert must decide if the vision is a Talent trick designed to foil the enemy or the answer to his deepest desires...
The opening to this new series, Iron Portal by Laurie London is the novella, Assassin's Touch. When I started reading it, I didn't know it was a novella. That's a good thing because I wasn't sure I was going to finish it. Once I realized it was only 150 pages long, I stuck it out.
What I liked: Once Neyla was taken prisoner, the story moved more quickly. I enjoyed the concept of the story and how the author explained the two different worlds living side by side.
What I didn't like: Too much information was crammed into this novella. I realize it's the set up for the series but felt more care should have been taken with the characters and the world building. I feel Neyla and Rickert were not fully developed.
I've never read anything by Ms London before so I have no idea how Assassin's Touch stacks up against her other works.
Overall, this was a so-so read. If you're looking for a new unusual series, this could be for you. I might check out the next in the series, Rogue's Passion (released October 19). I hope it's a fuller, deeper novel and not another novella.