The Barbarian (Tales of Aurelia, Book Two)
Newly appointed General of the Jenai, Ezek looks north. He must gain allies, which means crossing the sea. Ezek seeks out a famed smuggler, Talan, only to be refused by the dashing man who stirs his blood and hardens his flesh.
Talan escapes on the ship, only to be brought to the general’s cabin. Ezek decides to punish the stowaway, tormenting him and demanding a sexual surrender.