Title: Assassins in Love (Assassins Guild #1) written by Kris DeLake
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Page count: 256
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #42
Rikki is a confident, beautiful assassin whom has boarded a luxury space ship to carry out a contract to kill an unsuspecting bad guy. In the middle of her job she runs into Misha, an equally beautiful and smart assassin. They are drawn to each other and spend the night in the throes of passion…but much changes in the morning when they awake with fresh eyes and secrets that threaten to spill.
I read this book as the august main pick for Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. Reading the description I was pretty excited to read this since the subject was a romance between assassins and that in itself sounded pretty intriguing plus I’m always up for a good sci-fi book. I haven’t read many books about assassins and I was happy to read one that included a male AND a female assasin.
The cover itself is super fun as you can see. I love the colors and it definitely has a very sci-fi look to it but at the same time has a very romance look to it as well. I didn’t think that was possible but alas, I am wrong and I’m sure there are a ton more covers like this! If you find any send them my way!!
I gave this book a 3 out of 5. I liked the book, I thought the story was fun, I wasn’t in love with it though. It was just a very light and entertaining read which is always a good thing. I really liked the main female character I thought she was really strong which was a great thing to find in a story like this. Sometimes I felt like the male character tried to take the lead or inhibit her a bit but she definitely was not the type to let him so I thought that was really cool since most women in romance novels I have read tend to be a little weaker so this was a nice change of pace in that respect. It was also really hard for me to figure her out because she has a whole set of issues from her past that she is dealing with that actually connect her to Misha. I got pretty frustrated with their back and forth of wanting each other and fighting it but wanting each other again and then fighting it again but I think that’s just part of their dynamic. Usually I like that sort of thing but I didn’t really care for it in this story, they just frustrated me.
I really liked the background story about the “world” in which they live and operate as assassins. In their world, being an assassin is a perfectly legal profession and they operate as contractors accepting contracts to kill targets and they are given special access to places, etc. It sort of reminded me of Swordspoint in this regard which I reviewed in early August. You can operate as a lone assassin but most people operate under some sort of entity, one of which is the Assassin’s Guild. Misha is part of this guild and has grown up in it but Rikki is pretty Anti-guild and prefers to operate by herself, under the radar but has had past affiliations with some sort of rebel anti-guild group who come to find out is actually trying to take down the guild.