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.
How I Got Him To Marry Me: 50 True Stories
on July 02, 2013
How I Got Him to Marry Me by Cherise Kelley is a collection of fifty true stories from fifty different women who finally got their hesitating boyfriends in gear. Ms. Kelley points out at the beginning of the book that the rate of actual marriages and married folks are going down according to the census. Men are reluctant to marry due to the high rate of divorce, fear of alimony and child support, and being monogamous.
Each story is individual to that couple. What worked for one person may not work for another. One earnest college student found jealousy worked fine to motivate her shy engineer boyfriend. Another woman paid off her guy’s hefty back child support so he could concentrate on them. A few played the child card while others refused to have children without marriage. The one I respected the most was the woman who prayed for strength not to get married just because her friends were.
A few stories were humorous, while others were pleasing romantic. Some of the men seemed so worthless from the tales their wives told it made me wonder why they wanted to get married. Some women connived, a few lied, but most set down the law.
One woman commented she was the prize the man should be glad to catch her. I really wished more women had her attitude. People see things differently and these are fifty different women’s stories. Some will make you laugh aloud, a few cry and others will make you wonder if those two are still married.
How I Got Him to Marry Me is an anecdotal feel good book. It is not a guide to get a reluctant man to marry you. Do you really want to be married to someone who doesn’t want to be married to you? I hope not