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Laurel O’Donnell has won numerous awards for her works, including the Holt Medallion for A Knight of Honor, the Happily Ever After contest for The Angel’s Assassin, and the Indiana’s Golden Opportunity contest for Immortal Death. The Angel and the Prince was nominated by the Romance Writers of America for their prestigious Golden Heart award. O’Donnell lives in Illinois with her four cherished children, her beloved husband and her five cats. She finds precious time every day to escape into the medieval world and bring her characters to life in her writing.
Her works include:
THE ANGEL AND THE PRINCE
A KNIGHT OF HONOR
THE LADY AND THE FALCONER
CHAMPION OF THE HEART
THE BRIDE AND THE BRUTE
LOST SOULS Urban Fantasy Series
on May 20, 2013 :
Angel’s Assassin by Laurel O’Donnell is suspenseful historic romance. Lady Aurora lives in the time of romantic castles, ambitious missions and far-reaching cruelty. Her task is to undo the evil her mother has spread throughout the land under her rule, but Aurora is up to the task. A stranger enters the picture winning her trust, while keeping his true purpose behind his visit secret.
Damien is a slave and a trained assassin. He is good at what he does, so good, in fact, that his master agrees to release him if he kills one last person. As a cold, calculating killer Damien never asks why a person must die, he just carries out his duty that is until he meets Aurora. The woman shines like a light into his dark life, illuminating corners he’d forgotten, making him yearn for both home and love. The only problem is to gain his freedom he must kill the only woman who ever truly cared about him.
Lady Aurora is aware her mother’s evil continues to reap consequences no matter how hard Aurora works to correct the wrong done. Her mother’s killer might possibly come back for her. Dark brooding Damien enters her world upsetting her already tenuous balance by creating forbidden desires for someone not of her station. She finds herself drawn to the unsuitable man. He is a stranger who keeps so much from her. Even though she knows all the reasons to stay away from Damien, she fails to heed them.
Angel’s Assassin moves at a nice pace with excellent descriptions and supporting characters. There is a period flavor with no textbook-feel history lessons. Damien and Aurora’s romance progresses in stages as most romances realistically do. Usually finding out your lover is also your assassin is a bit off putting. As a reader, I wanted the two to work out their differences with no bloodshed.
Angel’s Assassin is a wonderful page-turner romance. Make sure you have enough time to finish it because you will not be putting it down. Two thumbs up for Ms. O’Donnell and Angel’s Assassin.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 01, 2012 :
I loved this book. Angel's Assassin is how Historical Romance is supposed to be. There were equal parts romance and plot and O'Donnell weaves them together masterfully. There were no characters that weren't developed throughout the story. Even the characters that were only mentioned for a few pages were as complex as they needed to be. They might not have gotten a whole story arc but I was able to figure out their reasoning for their words and actions.
The book will keep you interested until the end. I started it before bed and ended up staying up half the night to finish it because I couldn't put it down. I was in shock when I found out who ordered the hit against Aurora's mother. That person wasn't even on my radar though once I found out, it made sense why they ordered it and why they still feel guilty about it. I also loved how the book comes full circle and Damien gets closure for what happened to him growing up.
Now, on to the romance, which is the main reason why I picked the book up. The romance between Damien and Aurora was amazing. There was a slow build until the final payout which I think had to happen for the story line to work. Even though Damien was intrigued by her from first sight, O'Donnell handled his lust and Aurora's growing attraction perfectly. It wasn't rushed and the romance didn't overshadow the plot. I loved how both Damien and Aurora questioned their feelings for each other. It made it more realistic, especially since Damien is tasked with trying to kill her and Aurora is royalty and shouldn't be thinking about someone beneath her station. As much as I wanted to see them together, I also wanted to see what would happen; would Damien end up killing her or would their budding attraction win out. Since it is a romance novel you can guess what happens but the writing works in such a way that you still wonder until the end if they will be together.
**I received this book from ABG Reads Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.**
(reviewed long after purchase)