Title: The Mercenary’s Tale (In the Company of Men #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Lynn Lorenz (Hartwood Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 6, 2015 – 218 pgs
Drake is a mercenary for hire. He values little other than his sword and his skill. Fighting his attraction to the young men he trains, he refuses to take any on. When Ansel walks into his life, Drake breaks all his rules.
But life for mercenaries is hard, brutal and deadly.
Can Drake take a chance on finding the love he’s denied himself for so long?
Can he have a second chance?
This story begins with Drake and Ansel and ends with Drake and Logan. I loved how this story evolved. While I really enjoyed the chemistry and dynamic between Ansel and Drake, it was their love for each other that I really enjoyed.
After disaster hits for Drake, he tries to move forward, but seems stuck. His friend Peter is a meddlesome man, but I loved his character all the same. I wish that I was able to learn what happened to him.
Logan is a man who is trying to find a place for both himself and his son, one who wants to live a more normal life, foregoing his title. Tomas and Logan are quite the pair and I really liked how you were able to see Logan parent his son in a way that showed that Tomas needed to respect both his title and the people who worked for him.
Drake’s character is somewhat more wary of beginning again due to his previous disaster. Then he meets Joss and finds himself being able to connect with Ansel once again through Joss. Drake takes Joss and creates his own family. When Drake and Logan allow themselves the relationship that we all know is going to happen, not only do they find love again, but they find a wonderful family for both Tomas and Joss.
I liked this story well enough, even if the style of writing was a little harder for me to wade through.
I’m from New Orleans, that’s N’awlins for those of you who speak the language. I grew up in the Riverbend, or Carrollton, for the old timers, but was a Quarter rat from the age of 11, taking 3 buses to go to art class on Burgundy Street at the Cabrini Doll Museum and NORD center. I attended University of New Orleans and have a BA in Fine Art. My mother worked at Tulane University, six blocks from our house and when we were kids my brother and I parked cars in our driveway for the Saints games at Tulane Stadium. We could get six cars down the drive, two on the front lawn, and two on the street and we only charged $2 a car. We made enough to buy a coupla roast beef po’boys at Comeaux’s on Hickory St. and a snowball over at Williams Snow Ball Stand. We lived 1/2 a block from a cemetery, but doesn’t everyone in N’awlins? We used to watch jazz funerals from our front porch.
Now, my family lives in Katy, Texas. I have a “real” job, a truly supportive and understanding husband, two incredible kids, and a slightly neurotic dog. We used to have a guinea pig, but the dog killed it. Did I say slightly?
My son is 15 and has Asperger’s Syndrome (high functioning Autism) and Crohn’s Disease, and is a constant lesson in patience, acceptance and managing expectations. He’s super smart, loves video games, fencing, movies, building with legos, and hanging around the house. Like me, he believes that it’s all about him. Sometimes, I wonder if I don’t have Asperger’s, too. Oh, and he’s very handsome.
My daughter, 13, is so creative it’s scary- she loves to paint, draw manga and anima, build dioramas with any box she can get her hands on, create worlds with legos and then make movies with them, sculpt people, animals and objects with those little twist ties from the grocery store, does pottery, and wants to be a lifeguard. And she’s smart, too. And
beautiful, inside and out.
I write for a few hours in the evenings and on weekends as much as I can, without neglecting my family. (That laughter you hear is my husband) I attend a critique group, and do whatever the kids are into at the time.