Bitter Medicine by Mia Tsai
Trade Paperback – Tachyon Publishing – Mar 2023 – 324 pages
As a descendant of the Chinese god of medicine, ignored middle child Elle was destined to be a doctor. Instead, in order to protect her older brother, she is underemployed as a mediocre magical calligrapher at the fairy temp agency. Nevertheless, she has been covertly outfitting her client and crush, Luc, with high-powered glyphs.
Half-elf Luc, the agency’s top security expert, has his own secret: he’s responsible for a curse laid on two children from an old assignment. To heal them, he’ll need to preform his duties with unrelenting excellence and earn time off fromt his tyrannical boss.
When Elle save Luc’s life on a mission, he brings her a gift and a request for stronger magic — except his next job is to hunt down Elle’s murderous younger brother. But Elle is loyal to her family, and Luc is bound by his true name. To win freedom from duty, and find happiness together, they will need to make unexpected sacrifices.