Honor Bound has placed Michelle Howard on my list of authors to watch and I can't wait to see more of this world.
The premise involves a great many of the usual and expected tropes: a marriage of convenience initiated by the woman who is in need of a protector for her people, barbarian overlord who needs to be tamed to a woman's hand and taught how to pleasure a woman, culture shock galore, etc.
However, Michelle's worldbuilding and characters manage to push past that to create a story that kept me flipping page after page, proving that it's really about execution.
There were times when the tropes got to be a bit much and when I was uncomfortable with the prejudices of the two cultures, who never quite seemed to work their way to a position of mutual respect, but over all it was a strong introduction to a new world and new peoples.
I will be keeping an eye out for the sequel to this.
To save her people, Mikayla S'Apul has only two options: Become a prize in the upcoming battle or take control of her fate. When a worn journal falls into her hands revealing the secrets of a legendary group of warriors, Mikayla realizes it holds the answer to her dilemma. A marriage of convenience is the only way to protect the Raasa people.
Overlord Vaan Galip is the commander of the Warlord army tasked with protecting Kabanians and bringing peace to his lands. Betrayed by one of his own, joining with Mikayla S'Apul would provide her people with protection while giving him the opportunity for vengeance. Falling for the Raasa female was never part of his plans.
When a common enemy threatens, Vaan and Mikayla learn the true depth of what it means to be bound not only by marriage but by honor.