Thursday, March 8, 2012

[NetGalley Review]: "Assassins in Love"

Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 6, 2012)
Series: The Assassins Guild, 1
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy Romance

Summary (
When one killer falls for another

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.

Love becomes a matter of life and death

Misha's mission is to get Rikki to join the guild or give up her guns. He completely underestimated the effect she would have on him...and what heat and chaos they could bring to each other...

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My Review:

From page one, I had problems with Assassins in Love. Though the premise behind the story had a lot of potential (one of the reasons I was drawn to it in the first place), it fell short of those expectations, at least for me.

The story was too rushed and not fully developed in some of the areas. It seemed to suddenly head off in another direction without any reason. I felt like I was speed reading through some of the chapters due to the way the words flowed (and I don't mean that in a good way). And yet, despite the rushed feel to the story's development and writing, it was very slow to build and seemed to drag on. I kept waiting for it to get better, but instead it became more and more of a struggle for me to enjoy, and then it became almost a chore to finish reading. Neither are things that one wishes to feel while reading a book, and yet I went through both stages with this one.

To best honest, if it wasn't for the fact that I received this book to review, and therefore was expected to do so, I probably would have set it aside after the first 50 or so pages and moved on to something else.

Due to the fact that we each have differences in opinions, there will no doubt be other readers out there that love this book. And that's fine with me! But I just couldn't get into it.

The story failed to pull me in, and the characters were so annoying that I couldn't have cared less whether or not they got their HEA. And isn't that bad, when after reading a romance novel, I'm not interested in the hero? When I'm not anxious to have the heroine as my new BFF? For me, a good book, romance or otherwise, should illicit such a response from me, and Assassins in Love just didn't do it.

Misha was often described as a pretty boy type, and with some of his actions, along with the way he acted during the sex scenes (he blushes more than an innocent schoolgirl!), I kept picturing him as this very girly person. Not really who I want for a hero. And Rikki was the extreme opposite, so very hard and emotionless. I just couldn't see the connection between the two, though, apparently, she was mad for him, when, in fact, the only thing I think they had was lust, as within a handful of pages they had already banged each other, and continued to do so throughout the book. Their love scenes read more like rushed sex scenes than anything else—no connection, no real passion, and didn't get any response out of me except for the need to skim ahead.

2 STARS! For a romance novel, Assassins in Love didn't feel like one to me, nor did it read like one. The writing and storyline had enough problems that it made it down right difficult for me to enjoy it, and the characters...well, I just didn't care about them. I tried, but even after 4 days of reading this one, I couldn't muster up any response about it (positive or negative). I was simply glad when I finally finished it, knowing that I could move on to the next book I have in line. For anyone who is interested in reading this book, I say go for it—to each his own, and all that. But I won't be reading it again, and I'm not yet sure if I'll pick up another book by this author...

I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


Until Next Time,
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