Titles: Assassin's Touch (Iron Portal #1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, & Novella
First Published: November 2012
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon Freebie)
Two worlds. Two enemies.
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...
Honestly, I did a lot of skimming. True, it is a short story....about 185, so it was a quick read. Even so....I did a lot of skimming after the first 20 or so pages.
The characters bored me. The story-like seemed interesting at times, but overall it bored me too. Also, there were times I was confused and nothing made sense. Like the whole idea of the portals. Maybe I am daft, but I couldn't wrap my head around this world and the rules. Maybe it just wasn't well explained, because the author was trying to keep it short and to the point?
Also, the world was too all over the place for me. Was it modern? Was it suppose to be steampunk-like? Have of the world was modern, with modern weapons, cloth, and so forth. The other half had kilts, decently modern weapons, but with modern language. I couldn't wrap my brain around it and I wasn't a fan.
I will admit that I liked the fact that it wasn't insta-love, which is good, because they are enemies.
That was the only thing I could approve of and like. The rest of the story was a failure for me. I didn't care about the characters and the story fell apart after the first 20 pages. Just a lot of confusion. So in the end, I shall stamp this with 1 star.