Black clouds of xenophobia gather over Radvadur, the western province of the Empire. The political climate is strained and fragile. A surge of Nymph refugees has stirred widespread hostility towards non-humans. When the investigation of a gruesome triple murder linked to the refugee camp ensues, it takes Inspector Käyru Skaer and his lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn, along an unusual path, at the end of which a precious gift awaits.
Käyru and Elly are worlds apart in social standing, but they have found common ground in the bedroom—up against the wall and the stable doors, too. The arrangement between them ought to have been temporary and of no consequence. As their circumstances change, will they find the courage to risk their hearts?
Point of view:
The Poison Within: First person. All from Kayru’s POV.
A Late Bite to Eat: First person. All from Eryssa’s POV.
While set in the Order Universe, this stands on it’s own, could be read/listened to in any order from the other books/audio, and doesn’t include or reference any characters from the earlier books.
The Poison Within:This was little bit darker in tone than the other Order books however, that didn’t affect my enjoyment at all. Investigating murderers, a sexual assault victim, and a fatal illness all weigh on Kayru.
A Late Bite to Eat:
This is a super short story. While technically it includes an F/F relationship – there’s no sexual content. It’s just a quick story following closely after the events of The Poison Within including a short feeding excursion for the vampire Eryssa. It’s an enjoyable bonus to the book.
Bacon again brings an engaging story, compelling characters, and a double HEA in a mere 90 minute audio. Brava!
Michael Fox continues to give all the characters unique voices and did a great job with the various emotions. He’s definitely on my “must listen” for narrators.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
Contains mentions of off page sexual assault.
About the author:
A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves. Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors. She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.
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My Favorite Quotes
I enjoyed dressing him almost as much as I loved peeling the clothes off him. – The Poison Within by @kasia_bb narrated by @MikeFoxbooks #MM #ShortStory #FantasyRomance #InspectorSkaerTweet
I wouldn’t say that her gaze made me shit myself exactly, but with three massacred bodies fresh in my memory, I drew damn near that territory. – The Poison Within by @kasia_bb narrated by @MikeFoxbooks #MM #ShortStory #FantasyRomance #InspectorSkaerTweet
“It’s not altogether legal, strictly speaking, my lord.” His eyebrows rose. “Oh? How fun. Now I insist on going.” – The Poison Within by @kasia_bb narrated by @MikeFoxbooks #MM #ShortStory #FantasyRomance #InspectorSkaerTweet
I loved the fact that he trusted me. I loved his spirited disposition. I loved him. – The Poison Within by @kasia_bb narrated by @MikeFoxbooks #MM #ShortStory #FantasyRomance #InspectorSkaerTweet