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Product Details

  • Series: Diezian Empire (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Select (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620610310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620610312
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,366,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Much more than an ordinary sci-fi novel, book one of The Deizian Empire is a story of war, survival, and love. From the beginning, McHugh shows us how strong the connection between the hero and heroine is, and their hunger for each other is insatiable. Easily read in a single sitting, this spellbinding tale will be welcomed with open arms by readers, who will thank the gods there is a sequel." -- RT Book Reviews

"Crista McHugh's Tangled Web is sinfully delicious! This erotic feast features one fascinating couple and a killer plotline.  It's impossible to turn away from this story after reading the first few pages!... Tangled Web is a keeper!" -- Joyfully Reviewed

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The deadliest assassin in the empire just got too close to her target…

Azurha, a former slave turned deadliest assassin in the empire, has just been offered the ultimate challenge—seduce, then murder the new Emperor. But Titus is not the tyrant his forefathers were, and his radical ideas might be the glimmer of hope the empire needs.

Titus Sergius Flavus has yet to master the powerful magic of his ancestors—magic he must wield if he’s to protect his people—but his father’s death has left him no choice. Rule the Deizian Empire and attempt to right his ancestors’ wrongs, or watch her fall to his greedy kin.

More than just Titus’ ideas hold Azurha captive. Night after night, he awakens desires she thought lost, and uncovers the magic of her hidden lineage. As her deadline approaches, Azurha is forced to make an impossible decision—complete her job and kill the man she loves, or fail and forfeit both their lives.

More About the Author

Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary.

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

To be the first to know about her latest releases or to be entered into exclusive contests, please sign up for her newsletter using the contact form on her webpage, www.cristamchugh.com.

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Customer Reviews

Fast paced, and great character depth.
Alicia K Rankin
So when an Alpirion slave girl manages to escape from chains and kill her abusive master her best hope is a life on the run and in the shadows.
Shauni
This book was quite long but every page was worth reading.
Arianne Cruz

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Butterfly on August 18, 2013
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This is going to be a short review strictly because I have read so many books like this. This review DOES contain SPOILERS but I'll alert you ahead of schedule and put them in between ** for those who want to read the book without too many hints!

Tangled Web managed to hit one of my favourite reading topics: Assassin Novels! (Can you see why it's going to be a short review, I review ALOT of these books) And within the Assassin Novel realm, it was pretty cliche. Now I am not saying thats a bad thing, there IS a reason its been done before, it works, so if it ain't broke, why fix it? However, when you're like me and you read so many assassin novels, the same story can sometimes get old.

So, yes, it was extremely predictable. A girl escapes slavery to be taken in by a master assassin to learn the trade. In turn, she becomes one of the best assassins in the world and people fear even her name "The Rabbit" because she's quick to come in, quick to kill you, and quick to leave without a trace. And, of course, she has been contracted out by someone who is next in line for the throne, so all she has to do is kill the Emperor. Easy, right? Wrong, because she accidentally falls in love with him, and now she has to choose: do her job and live a long life with guaranteed security? Or, follow her heart and possibly have a target on her back for the rest of her life?

That was my own little blurb for the book, and while I don't usually do that, I wanted to do that here just to show you how predictable this book may be to you. SPOILER AHEAD: **The part I disliked the most was how quickly she falls in love with him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Snyder on July 21, 2013
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It seems that every other page is filled with lust and sex in general. Character development is missing and the story gets lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carole Excell on October 5, 2013
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This story was not perfect but fulfilled with action ,romance,assassin's and desire. I think , it was a fun read and finished it in one night . A strong heroine whose actions showed her overwhelming love for the emperor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 18, 2012
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Azurha knows she is an assassin and she knows what has brought her to her profession. A life of slavery at the hands of the Deizian Empire. When she is given the assignment to kill the next Emperor of the Empire before his coronation it seems a job well suited to her not only because she is the best but because the Empire symbolizes every evil which has brought her to this point in her life. Imagine her surprise when she meets Titus and instead of reminding her of the cruelty of the Empire he reminds her that she is a woman. Again and again. But far beyond a talented lover Titus is what the Empire needs to change. Now Azurha is put in the position of protecting the man she was paid to kill. She thought her last job would bring her enough coin to retire her days as an assassin. She never imagined she would fall in love with her target.

Tangled Web deftly pulls you in with the intense emotion and passion between Azurha and Titus. You are caught in their web and McHugh does an excellent job of unravelling the knots that keep these two apart and weaving a tantalizing tale of romance within the walls of the exotic Deizian Empire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Faust on November 17, 2012
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Another great book from Crista Mchugh. Unlike the others, this one jumped right into a romance between the two mains character. It didn't take long for me to get wrapped up with the characters and unable to put the book down. If you have liked her other books you will definitely like this. If you haven't read any of hers yet then this is a good place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Underworld Love Addiction on October 24, 2012
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"Tangled Web" is the first book in Crista McHugh's new Diezian Empire series. While I believe this book is classified as sci-fi, it has more of a historical romance feel to it with a fantasy twist.

Titus' struggle to take over the role as emperor while trying to improve things for his people makes him such a likable character right from the start. He's got that alpha, take charge attitude and is tough when he needs to be but manages to stay humble. Azurha just might be even tougher though. Working as one of the most feared assassins for the past few years, she never expects to have any problems taking out the new emperor. Her horrible past and her years of killing have made her very cold but not completely heartless.

Titus and Azurha have instant chemistry. She has the opportunity to kill him almost immediately but doesn't take it. Instead, they spend a lot of time together over the days leading up to her bosses deadline. I love that it wasn't all just about the steamy nights between them. She comes to care about Titus and his kingdom that he's working so hard to protect. Both characters grow so much throughout the book. I loved the chemistry between these two. I wish Azurha could have found it in herself to be honest with Titus a little sooner, but it ended up making for a great story. I hope we get a little more of these two in the next book.

Tangled Web was very appropriately named. There are so many obstacles that the protagonists must overcome if they have any chance of being together. It was very fast paced with tons of suspense, especially in the second half. The sequel is due out next year and I will definitely be anxiously anticipating it's release. We will be getting Galerius and Claudia's story in this next one which should be interesting.
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