Title: Assassin’s Kiss
Series: Watcher’s Kiss #2
Author: Sharon Kay
Genre: Adult, PNR Romance
Published: January 12, 2016
|Locking emotions away is how Scorpio survived years as a conscripted killer. Now, as a Lash Watcher, he uses the same lethal skills to help his fellow warrior demons maintain peace in the realms. When a mission goes awry, he finds himself a thousand miles from home with no weapons or comms. Injured and alone, he is taken in by a group of witches who know him well.
And want him dead.
Tessa’s affinity with metal makes her one of the most powerful witches in her coven. Her deepest wish is to stop the oppression of her people—a direct result of her former leader’s murder. She agrees to marry the chief of a rival coven, knowing it won’t be a love match. But she abandoned the idea of a soul-deep bond long ago. Especially one with the rough, former mercenary warrior who shows up and claims she belongs to him.
Even from behind bars, the longer Scorpio stays, the more he unsettles Tessa and she questions all she thought she knew. Choosing him will put everyone she cares for at risk. He’s nothing like she expected, and the last thing she could dare to want.
As a deadly assassin, demon Scorpio worked for Dalamos, killing off anyone he wanted killed without mercy or asking questions. He had to lock away his emotions because he only had one thing in mind: keeping his twin siblings well and alive and away fro Dalamos’s threat. Dalamos held his family captive and used the to blackmail Scorpio to do his bidding.
Unfortunately for Scorpio he kills a newly bonded couple and an old witch curses him that he would find his mate and want her with all his being but she would hate him.
Fast forward to one hundred years later. Scorpio is now a Lash Watcher and his job is to maintain peace across the realms. He is out on a mission when he is captured by a coven of witches whose leader he killed. Now the witches want to punish him for all the bad things that have befallen them since their leader died.
This is where Scorpio meets the woman, Tessa a witch with an affinity to metal, who is to be his mate. He feels the instant connection and wants her at all cost.
But she hates him on sight for all the bad things that happened to her coven since he killed their leader. The coven was now under the influence of Vespera who uses dark magic to control them and extort things from them. Tessa is set to marry the man in a bid to protect her coven.
So with the odds stacked up against him, will Scorpio be able to escape captivity alive and convince Tessa that she is his mate? And even if Tessa agrees, how can she be with him without putting her coven at risk?
This is a story I really enjoyed mostly because of the wonderful world building. When I read a fantasy novel, I expect the author to paint the setting in such a way that makes it easy for me to picture every detail like I was watching a movie and she did a great job here. I also loved that although there was an instant connection (for Scorpio mostly) there was enough internal and external conflict to keep the couple apart. I really couldn’t figure out how their issues were going to be resolved easily, which kept me at the edge of my seat.
This is definitely one every fan of fantasy romance should read. Happy to recommend.
|Sharon Kay writes award-winning fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts.
Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and one weekend the idea for her Lash Watchers and tough leading ladies formed in her head, refusing to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.
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