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Assassins in Love (Assassins Guild) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012
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"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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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.
Oh, another quibble: when writing about future societies that are removed from our own by more than a dozen years, writers really shouldn't have people speaking exactly the way people do now, with the same expressions. I may believe someone in 2022 might still use the term "clueless" (although that really hasn't been popular since the late 90s), but I'm not going to believe that someone from a future time when humanity has spread across the stars would say it. KKR writes very seamless SF under her real name, so I was surprised and put-off by this rookie mistake.
It's not a horrible book. You won't feel as if you've had bleach thrown in your eyes after reading. But, it's not very good, either.