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Assassins in Love (Assassins Guild) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012
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"Makes for a compelling, hot, and believable tale." - Publishers Weekly
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"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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This wasn't a bad read, but the characters lacked depth, and there was too much 'magic' masquerading as 'amazing technology', and thin spots in the plot line to take the book... Read morePublished 23 months ago by wegrintwo
The hero and heroine were likeable and smart. This was a rather different twist on the assassin genre that provided fast action and a great romance. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cat Lady
Loved this one, it has a scifi Mr and Mrs Smith scenario going on, and like the movie, despite being assassins the characters are surprisingly warm and likeable, and both are... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Bookbaby
A quick and entertaining read. The author manages multiple plotlines without making the book seem messy or confusing. I wouldn't continue with the series.Published on November 1, 2013 by Laura
Read this as part of Felicia Day's Vaginal Fantasy book club. This was the main pick for the month of August. It was fun, but not the best (romance) book I've ever read. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Airiana
I think I was expecting this book to have a more substantial plot. I guess I'm not really used to reading romance books, but I read it for a book club, or I might not have finished... Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Abby
This was a really fun and fast paced read! A space fantasy with hired guns and a nefarious plot for our lovers to unravel. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by CD Knipfer
Others have discussed the plot, and I'm not going to do that; mostly I try to keep my review short anyway, and they've already done that well. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Colleen K.
I really enjoyed this space opera romance about assassins in the future. The hero and heroine are both tough and completely lethal. Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by Angelia Almos