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Tangled Web (Diezian Empire) Paperback – October 16, 2012
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"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
From the Back Cover
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 challengeseduce, 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 ancestorsmagic he must wield if he’s to protect his peoplebut 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 decisioncomplete her job and kill the man she loves, or fail and forfeit both their lives.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
There may be some spoilers, but I'll try not to. Really.
I wasn't sure how much I would like this one, but it was more fantasy oriented than sci-fi (which I don't mind, but sometimes have a harder time getting into). I liked the story, although I do tend to get frustrated with heroines who don't just tell the truth, which leads to further problems--although I know that spoils all the fun in the end and would make life far too easy. Does that count as a spoiler? I liked Titus and Azhura, as well as the other friends Titus has at the palace; Marcus, Galerius, and Vallo. I loved the airships! I liked that Titus' mother liked Azhura right from the start, so there was no catty in-law stuff.
One thing I really did like was despite the fact that the truth wasn't revealed, the men really did actually think about the circumstances regarding her presence, the reputation of the Rabbit, and the fact that no harm had come to Titus in two weeks (the opposite, in fact), and they used their brains instead of jumping to conclusions--you can't blame them for doing that right away, but it didn't drag out forever, and I think that was really well done.
There's definitely a lot of romance--fans won't be disappointed, and I liked their mutual seductions, and Titus' restraint. All in all an enjoyable and exciting read!
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!
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
(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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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. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by The Jeep Diva
TANGLED WEB is a great story. I've read other books by McHugh and always enjoyed them but this was my favorite, so far. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by My Book Addiction and More
After his father's passing Titus Sergius Flavus becomes the new ruler of the Deizian Empire. There are many in the empire against him and they will do anything to remove him from... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer