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A Marked Man (Assassin/Shifter Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sandrine Gasq-Dion , Jennifer Jenjo Jacobson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book One.
This book has been re-edited as of March 2013.

Mateo Esposito loves his job. Hired assassin for the U.S. Government, he takes lives and he kicks ass with no mercy.When a job lands in his lap that's just not quite right, Mateo finds himself questioning orders for the first time in his career. Who would have known he'd be undone by a purple hippo...

Riley Flynn is CEO of Flynn Electronics. Deep in his closet, Riley wonders what it would feel like to be with a man. When his path crosses with Mateo's, their lives will never be the same.

Because, Riley is Mateo's next target...

This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence.

Product Details

  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470033860
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Skull Blaster Publishing LLC (September 30, 2013) (January 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars September 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book starts a series about a band of hired assassins, who might/might not be shifters. Not sure because there were no shifters in this installment (you'll have to wait for book two for that!) When I originally saw the sub-title, I was overjoyed, as shifters who kill people for a living? I thought the drama quotient could be high. And shifters who have another job besides being an Alpha and pack leader could have been interesting and buck the traditional trope in these type of books.

But, this is just your typical closeted gay guy refuses to acknowledge his sexuality until one special hot guy comes along and changes that. The twist? Hot guy is a hired assassin who kills bad people (rapists, murderers, drug dealers). Think Dexter with a gun.

I liked the fact Mateo is not some mindless killing machine/drone for the government. When he's given the assignment to murder Riley, he begins to question his orders when he realizes that Riley is not the usual type of bad guy he normally deals with. The chemistry between the two men is scorching despite their initial strangers hooking up in a gay club trope and as Mateo decides not to kill Riley, but protect him from the men who want him dead, they actually have a very sweet romantic relationship. I enjoyed that aspect of the novel.

Now to what did not work for me. The head hopping. Sometimes with new authors it seems they want to get every characters' point of view in their book, but for me more than two POVs just doesn't work. If we only had Riley and Mateo's POVs, I would have been happy, but add in some secondary characters, who seemed to be repeating the same things, but in different words (i.e. Riley and Mateo belong together), then the POV shifting did not work in this instance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable August 26, 2012
By Gryffin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I won't say that this is the best m/m story that I've read because it's not but it is a reasonable, though fairly predictable, beginning to a series and good value for money(even though the sex scenes are a bit overdone). Unfortunately there are no shapeshifters in this story and they don't actually appear until the end of the the second book in the series. I would suggest you do read the series, though, as the stories do improve and if you're not overly impressed with the sex scenes you can always skip a few pages and it won't detract from the story. Overall not bad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A marked man starts a fun ride May 26, 2012
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First book in the series and first read for me from this author.

I really enjoyed A marked man! The characters jump right at you from the start and you just can't put the book down ( or kindle for the matter!)

Riley is great fun and I am so glad that he makes an apperance in all of the books in the series. Lots of great locations, action, and hot love making. There are so overly sappy parts but hey it is a romance.

Must read the books i order. I have read the first fove in two day and can't wait for the next one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice story but not without its faults May 7, 2012
By Nikyta
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked up this story because I noticed part of this series is contemporary romance while part of it is paranormal romance. I was intrigued by that aspect and wanted to see how the world could incorporate from contemp to pnr. I haven't gotten that far yet into the series but what I've read so far I've liked.

I enjoyed the characters a lot. Riley's enthusiasm towards the littlest things was both entertaining and endearing. I loved how Mateo, this big strong assassin, was so enamored with Riley he was willing to do anything for the man. The two together are adorable. There are a few extremely sweet moments in this story where all I could do was say, "Awww", they were just that cute.

The book has a few suspenseful parts that keep the reader engaged and a somewhat mystery that I didn't really see coming. I enjoyed the story although there was too much sex for me. I'd say half the book is full of smut. I also kept getting dragged from the story by the bad editing and head-hopping which was pretty bad to where we actually got both sides of a phone conversation when the speakers were on opposite sides of the country, within just a few paragraphs.

With that said, I did really like the story. I'm still intrigued on how it will transition from contemp to pnr and I look forward to reading more of this series and seeing the rest of the team get their HEAs.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Bad May 8, 2012
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This book, and every book in this series is just poorly written. Honestly, as I read it, I kept thinking, "Did a teenager with a very limited vocabulary write this?"

In this world of assassins, it seems that only homosexual men are present. In my opinion, a well-developed story with well-developed characters includes people from all walks of life, even if the main characters are homosexual, it was just too much to believe that the only other people in their world were other homosexuals.

Aside from the one-dementional characters who all seemed to fall in unexplainable lust and love from first sight, the plot was just weak. This book has a huge amount of grahpic sex which is not a bad thing in and of itself. However, if that is the only thing the book has, then it's lacking. You have to have a solid story and well-developed characters to help the reader make an emotional connection to the characters. If your reader doesn't believe it, then it just won't make sense, no matter how many hot man-sex scenes are written into the story.

Not worth the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Amazing book. Left me wanting more. Pure awesomeness is all I can say. The writing is the best thing ever
Published 1 month ago by Latinatwix28
5.0 out of 5 stars book 1 of the series. an awesome read.
You have no idea what is going to happen next. Awesome sexy men, great scorching sexy, acrobatics, mayhem and an incredible plot await.
Published 2 months ago by J. V. Mills
3.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping for more depth but not too bad
For the start of a new series, it wasn't bad; it did, however, end up being one of those books that I thought had just a smidge too much sex in it though. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rina
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ SERIES!!!!
If you enjoy gay romances that involve supernatural elements...
And soldiers.... and firefighters....
you do NOT want to miss this Series!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Book Lover 88
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story
Published 4 months ago by wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an amazing series!
If you know anything about this series, you know it is a m/m paranormal romance series. In this first book in the series, there is no paranormal, but hang with it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome fun!!!1
Great start for this series. I like the fact that Mateo and Riley had difficult childhoods. That they could fill in the holes in each others hearts that are missing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marie Lowery
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous wonderful awesome
I just don't have the words to describe how great this book is. really the whole series is awesome. I have read every book in the series at least 4 times if not more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ilovebooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Shifter!? Umm what shifter?
Assassin. check.
Needy rich closet case. check.
Daddy/mommy issues. check.
Nonsensical plot twists. check check check check. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading, kept my attention the whole way through
Enjoyable reading, look forward to rest of the series :)
Since there are 20 or so more ahead, that might take a while. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Warren L Rath
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More About the Author

Best selling author, Sandrine (Sandy) was born in Inglewood, California. Raised by "Old School" French parents, she later moved to Tucson, AZ. It was there that writing became a hobby. Always told she had a great imagination, Sandy wrote short stories for her friends in High School. In college, she took more writing classes while working on her Criminal Justice degree, but it wasn't until a soap opera caught her eye that she got involved in male on male romances. On the advice of a friend, Sandy dipped her toes into the world of M/M Romance. Sandy takes the writing seriously and has had countless conversations with gay men as well as hours of research.She's been involved with the military in one way or another for over twenty years, and has a great deal of respect for our men in uniform. She's traveled the world, but has finally returned to Arizona.
There is now an Assassin/Shifter website!! Many thanks to the talented Jenn Watts for all her hard work!

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