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3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Assassins Guild Series

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Editorial Reviews


"Set in a universe where murder can be legal, this is an exciting adventure with a hot romance between two fascinating characters. Their profession and the fact that no apologies are made for it make for an intriguing story. One hopes there will be a second story featuring the heroine's friend. 4 1/2 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Makes for a compelling, hot, and believable tale." - Publishers Weekly

"Ms. DeLake's story captured my attention from the very first page." - Night Owl Reviews

"If you like science fiction with lots of action and a good love interest, this one will be a sure win." - Long and Short Reviews

"It's a futuristic, action packed, sensual romance featuring two killers who make no apologies for doing their jobs." - Scooper Speaks

"The storyline is fast-paced and the diabolical scheme to set up Rikki brilliantly deployed. Readers will enjoy a visit to the Assassins Guild as Kris DeLake provides a fun thriller." - Alternative Worlds

" It was a quick, fun read, and anyone who has a strange obsession with assassins like I do should definitely give this book a try. Hoping there will be a second one, too." - RomFan Reviews

"Sci fi adventure...so fun!" - Smitten with Reading

"The Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe was spot on and the heat was about right, not too little, not too much." - Debbie's Book Bag

"Assassins in Love is an enjoyable read. I like Rikki - she is tough and more than able to take care of herself." - Michelle's Book Blog

About the Author

Kris DeLake is a pseudonym of Hugo award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Writing under three pseudonyms, she has sold 10 million copies of her books. Before turning to romance writing, she edited the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and ran Pulphouse Publishing (which won her a World Fantasy Award). Fans of her paranormal romances know her as Kristine Grayson. As Kris DeLake, she is launching a new name for her fantasy/sci-fi romances. She lives with writer Dean Wesley Smith in Oregon.

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Product Details

  • Series: Assassins Guild (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402262825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402262821
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,407,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov's Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.

Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.

She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.

Her popular weekly blog on the changes in publishing has become an industry must-read.

She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own.

To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, krisdelake.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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I have read a lot of science fiction from the author under her real name. So, I thought, although I dislike the romance genre, this would be a good book because I know KKR is a good writer.

Well, she is; I still think so -- but this book doesn't have a lot going for it. KKR must have churned this out just to pay the bills, or something, because it's far, far away from her best work.

For starters, the book had about four typos in the first few dozen pages. I blame the publishers for this, not the author, but it burns me up to have paid for something that was so poorly edited. Does no one know how to proofread things, anymore? Evidently not.

As to content, the book does pick up significantly after the first hundred pages, when a major plot twist appears. After that, it's an easy slide to the end of the book. But, those first hundred pages was a tough slog. It was like wading through cold mud and I almost gave up once or twice.

The main characters are not very sympathetic -- to me, anyway. Rikki came off better than Misha in that department, but that's not saying too much.

Also, okay, there's a burning attraction between them. But, why isn't really explained. I mean, they're both fit and beautiful. Yeah, we get it. But, since most of the characters in the book are good looking and the society has advanced so that people can get extensive cosmetic treatments, that, again, isn't saying much.

I know it's a romance and so maybe logic isn't expected when it comes to the attraction of the two main characters. But, to me, without a powerful and logical reason why they can't get enough of each other, their powerful sex scenes come across like just so much sexual circus gynastics. In other words, boring.
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Rikki Bastogne kills people for a living. She's good at it. She does so legally, more or less, careful of the jobs she takes and the locations in which she works. Even so, it's not like her occupation is the most risk-free, nor do her targets line up with a relaxed smile and wait to be removed from existence. It's a dangerous, solitary life of secrecy and hypervigilance.

One thing is absolute for Rikki. She wants nothing to do with the Assassins Guild. She's not a joiner, the only rules she follows are her own, and she's damned if she's going to turn over any of her money to an organization that requires one and demands the other.

That's why she's traversing the NetherRealm on a spaceship cruise, trying to get her latest target out the airlock. And she's none too happy to be interrupted by one of the most gorgeous men she's ever seen while she's doing it. Her level of happiness isn't destined to get any higher when the man pushes her out of the way, completes her task, and sweeps her up as he makes his suddenly drunk-appearing way through the ship in as public a manner as possible.

Nothing covert about that. He's going to get them both arrested. And that's her greatest concern until she finds out exactly who he is. After that she's just convinced he's there to kill her.

Misha doesn't know if Rikki is immoral or just incompetent, but whichever it is, he's tired of getting picked up and questioned for jobs she's done. As an Assassins Guild member, rules and control are his religion and her actions are starting to affect his excellent reputation. That's why he's hired Rikki for the job on this ship.
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From the cover of Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake, I was expecting something along the lines of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, or maybe Shana Galen's Lord and Lady Spy. I didn't examine that cover picture closely enough to notice the details; that gun he's holding is some kind of blaster pistol. And Kris DeLake is Kristine Kathryn Rusch's newest pen name.

Ms. Rusch writes science fiction as under Rusch, and romance under the name Kristine Grayson. The new name represented a new direction. As I started the book, I wondered what direction it would be.

Assassins in Love begins with what would be a "meet cute" for a pair of hired killers. He helps her shove a body out an airlock on a luxury cruise ship. In space, of course. Hence the airlock.

Unlike Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Rikki and Misha are not married to each other before they meet over the corpse. But they have met before. Just once. And Rikki has repressed that memory completely. For a very good reason.

Misha has been hunting Rikki down for a totally different reason. They are both assassins, but he is a member of the Guild, and Rikki operates alone. Or maybe she's a member of the rogue group that is targeting the Guild. Misha doesn't know for sure.

What he does know is that Rikki doesn't follow the rules he lives by. She isn't licensed to kill. Or properly trained to clean up her messes. And every mess she makes recently seems to get traced back to him. Not that he can't get himself out of her problems, but he's pissed about it. He wants her to clean up her act, and join the Guild.

But when they meet, all Misha can think of is that he wants her.

That dead body they just shoved out the airlock?
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