Assassins in Love is the first in a new series of books written by Kris DeLake.
This was obviously another vaginal fantasy pick. I was pretty skeptical based on the title. I had some time to kill before Thanksgiving dinner, so decided to read a few pages. Surprisingly, I was hooked by the second chapter, which made my 82 year old grandmother quite curious to know what the heck I was doing in my room and not helping in the kitchen! The book is told from both assassins’ POV with alternating chapters.
The setup reminded me alot of Mr. and Mrs Smith with Brangelina. Rikki is an independent assassin on job on a cruise spaceship. She’s already done the deed but having trouble desposing of the body through an airlock. Out of nowhere this mysterious and surreally attractive guy, Misha, comes to her rescue. He opens airlock two seconds before guards descend upon them. They pretend to be a drunk couple trying to get it on who hit the button by mistake. Since Misha is a VIP guest, they stroll back to the bar with only a warning. Rikki is speechless (maybe by his beauty) and has to go along with everything until she can escape. But maybe she doesn’t want to escape? Misha too can’t concentrate around her. He’s blown away by her – smart, somehow manages to work freelance when the Guild is a much safer bet, beautiful and suspicious of him. He tells her he wants to recruit her for the Guild. He also mentions they met before. Rikki doesn’t remember him and hates organized groups (too many rules). First chance she gets, she steals an escape pod and runs away from those beautiful ice blue eyes.
I know what you’re thinking, this has cheesy romance written all over it. But actually, there’s a deeper story from when they met originally. It was rather cool following Rikki’s past as her memories slowly return while simultaneously Misha who is completely omniscient about those events dropping clues for her. I also loved this future where assassin work is totally legit if the person has broken the law or wronged someone. Corporations have to stay in line lest a ninja assassin comes out the shadows and wastes them. The attraction between Misha and Rikki started off a bit cheesy since they had to be all over each immediately to save their skins. Even still, they remain suspicous of each other since assassins aren’t supposed to drop their guards. But there’s something they can’t seem to deny in the end. Yes, an attraction, but also a subtle curiousity to learn more about each other.
I would recommend this book for fans of futuristic urban fantasy and action oriented romance novels. The Assassins Guild series continues with completely new characters in the same setting.
Agent: Misha Profile: Highly trained in every method the assassins guild has to offer. Always goes by the book. Agent: Rikki Profile: Rogue assassin who kills only to rid the world of hardened criminals. Hates organizations. Always does it her way.
Misha’s mission is to get Rikki to join the guild or give up her guns. He completely undere
stimated the effect she would have on him…and what heat and chaos they could bring to each other…
You guys, I just can’t with that cover and title. I CAN. NOT. The book was pretty bad too: what you see is what you get. I finished it a week or two ago and can barely remember enough of it to compose a thoughtful review; I only remember that I thought it was pretty banal and followed a pretty typical pattern of instant lust somehow becomes love even though they barely know or trust each other, because in the world of romance, pants feelings conquer all. In some cases, “love” is measured here by the two having growing respect for each others’ skill at their jobs, but this is pretty rich because we never see Misha complete a job in the book and Rikki doesn’t come across as a superstar in the one job she does on her own at the beginning either.
This isn’t really worth reading, but I am generously rounding up to 2 stars from 1.5 because the author did some competent world-building to flesh out the sci-fi universe, and there were details there that I appreciated outside of the hum-drum romance.
In an exciting sci-fi future, on an interstellar cruise ship, rogue assassin Rikki (I seriously can’t remember her surname, it’s not important) is trying to dump a body. While assassination is legal if you have a license and a contract, Rikki’s not a member of the Assassin’s Guild, and generally feels that she doesn’t need anyone controlling her or regulating how she does things. A very attractive man helps her get rid of the body, and then escape the security guards on the ship. One thing leads to another, and the next morning, Rikki discovers that the hot guy, Misha, is the one who actually hired her to perform the hit – trying to observe her technique. He’s the licensed assassin who’s recently been blamed for most of her hits in the region, and he wants her to either join the Assassin’s Guild and start observing the set guidelines, or he’s planning to stop her.
August 2013’s theme for Vaginal Fantasy Hangout (the online book club run by Felicia Day and three of her friends) was space assassins. Having nearly burned myself out reading in July, I figured light-hearted romance was just the thing the doctor ordered. So despite my misgivings, having considered both the spectacularly awful cover (even in a genre which features a lot of bad cover art) and the dumb title, picked, I’m assuming from some sort of generic name generator.