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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.

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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: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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This book is the first in a new series by author Crista McHugh and seemed to have everything for me. Tangled Web was an action-packed adventure with a beautiful female assassin and a romantic love story that brought me to tears by its conclusion. Azurha was a very strong character that had been born as a slave and abused by her previous master before she was able to gain her freedom through violence. After this, she had been trained as a deadly assassin known only as "The Rabbit", who struck fear into the hearts of her potential victims.

I felt so sorry for Azurha because she had been through so much before meeting Titus and she never wanted to be in a position where she was vulnerable and couldn't protect herself. She loved Titus with every ounce of her being and would give up her own life to protect him instead of being the one to kill him, which was very touching. She couldn't believe that Titus would give up his entire empire to be with her because no one had ever cared for her or tried to protect her in that way before. Their love had changed Azurha from a cold-hearted assassin to a strong, caring woman and it was nice to watch the transformation of this character throughout the book. I understood her reasons for not telling Titus the truth about her identity because she was afraid that he wouldn't love her anymore and she just wanted to hold onto that relationship for as long as she could. In the end, Titus didn't care about her past because he knew how she felt about him just by looking in her eyes and watching her actions around him.

Tangled Web is a great read and I have a feeling that this book will stay with me for some time. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series which is Claudia's story, a character that made a brief appearance in Tangled Web.

The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I received this book free as part of the blog tour.
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4 out of 5 stars!! This one intriguing sci-fi-ish novel will keep you tangled in its web until the very end! It's like an alien-type of ancient Rome mixed with the political agendas of the "Game of Thrones" which is what creates the backdrop for this fascinating new series!! I LOVED the characters, especially Titus & Azurha!! So much so, that I wish this novel had an epilogue so I could find out what happened not long after the last scene. However, since it doesn't I'm hoping that book 2 of this series will be able to keep us readers updated with their antics!

The only flaw I found in this novel was how long Azurha pushed off informing Titus of who she was. I mean I understand why she did it, and I liked the way everything played out within the novel. Nevertheless, it made me not like Azurha a bit, because of how she acted. But oh wells ... everything turns out for the best. =0)

I recommend this series and novel to anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy romances!

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(read more of this review and two teasers on my blog during and after my blog tour stop on October 11, 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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The world that the Deizian's inhabit is a magical mix of sci fi and ancient Rome. Crista McHugh makes it work and it works well. She has painted this world with people from varying races and those various races depict what echelon is yours. For Deizian's this is a good thing. They are the rulers of the majority of the planet. The Alpirion's are the slaves that fell to the Deizan's many years ago. The Alpirion's are now the slaves to the Deizian's.

On rare occasions slaves are freed. It does not happen often but those who are free are proud to be free of their caged servitude. Azurha is one of these few. As luck would have it upon her freedom she was immediately taken into the care and training of Cassius. He mentored her to do what he does. He taught her to be the best. He trained her to be an assassin. Azurha's mark is the new emperor. The task is simple. She is to use her beauty to get close to him, kill him, and retire with her notoriety and anonymity intact. She breaks everything she has ever known by going against one of the first rules she was ever taught.

There are far more people that do not want Titus as their emperor than supporters. He is seen as too scholarly, too philosophical, just all around poor emperor material. Many of his royal family governors see themselves as far better ruler material. Titus being a very intelligent new emperor knows he has a long road ahead of him. He knows that even though his ideas are seen as radical they have the interest of all of the people. The changes he needs to make to his empire worry many. Titus has not even become comfortable in the throne when his cousin gifts him with the first concubine for his harem. It does not take Titus long to discover that Azurha is so much more than she admits.
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