“In His Majesty’s Service” by Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban is an exciting
story with plenty of elements I enjoy…secret identity, danger, protective mates, protective friends/bodyguards, and world-changing events. I love space opera and I was drawn into this universe immediately and enjoyed watching the changing relationship between the ostensibly lowly Lord Anders and the bonding-phobic Zachary. I thought they were a little too obtuse about the danger posed by a particular person and the bodyguards were a bit too ineffective, but that did lead to some deliciously dramatic developments, so I understand the necessity. I was entertained by the glimpses of this universe and would love to read more stories that feature this couple as well as some of the secondary characters!
This m/m adult science fiction adventure features Royal Navy Captain Zachary O’Connell who hates bonding after seeing the devastation wrought by losing one’s mate. He’s attracted to the ‘royal cousin’ he’s transporting after the king dies but the complications start flying fast and furious once he discovers that not only is he hosting someone whose life is in danger and important enough that enemies are willing to destroy the ship he’s on, but even worse, his guest has a bond mark that matches his own. Of course, they both have to live long enough to explore the implications, and that may be easier said than done!
Everyone in the Drion Collective knows that finding your match—the one person in existence with the same soul mark as yours—is the best thing that could ever happen. But the last thing Lord Anders Hawthorne is thinking about when he boards a ship to Drion for the king’s funeral is finding his soul mate.
Captain Zachary O’Connell has the perfect life—his ship, the stars, and no emotional entanglements. When heat sparks between him and Lord Hawthorne, Zach gleefully dives into a no-strings arrangement. He doesn't expect it to last beyond arrival at Drion, any more than he expects trouble along the way.
Trouble quickly finds them, however, and it soon becomes clear that Lord Hawthorne is not only not who he says he is, but also that he's the target of a deadly plot. With danger all around them, Zach and Anders must work together to save the Collective. Meanwhile, Zach must come to grips with losing everything he always thought he wanted, to have the one thing he never dreamed he needed.