Friday, November 5, 2010

Review of Assassin's Heart by Monica Burns

Assassin’s Heart

Monica Burns

Berkley Sensation

360 pages

Assassin’s Heart is the second novel in Monica Burns’ Order of Sicari series.

The night over a year ago when Lysander’s world came crashing around his ears has left him more than just disfigured, it left him longing for a woman he still loves and vows he can never have, a way of life he still honors and a way to exterminate even more a Praetorian enemy who threatens his “Assassin’s Heart”. Phaedra witnessed the murder of her parents when she was just a child and she’ll never forget the voice of the monster who committed it, now she’s all grown up in love with a man who threw that love back in her face after the night he almost died. Lysander and Phaedra are sharing a dream of ancient Rome and possibly a past life where they were a couple, they’ll need to uncover the reason for these dreams or die again trying.

Ms. Burns second in her Sicari series is more intense and a more sensual love story then the first one, perhaps it’s because it’s my favorite kind of romance, that of second chances but whatever the reason you’ll find one heck of a plot between the pages of this novel, you’ll also find a dialogue that will transport you to the different locales of the story through her impressive vivid depictions. Her hero and heroine in this read are larger than life as they both lead two lives one past and one present and as I said above the romance is that of second chances and is presented to her audience with turmoil and unbelievable obstacles that makes their HEA that much more deserving. The love scenes are earthy, sensual and graphic so make sure you’ve got your personal fan waver to ward off the excessive heat along with a tall glass of something cool to quench your thirst.

If you haven’t yet immersed yourself in the secret Sicari society let Assassin’s Heart be your first as it does very well as a stand a lone, but why diminish your joy also get Assassin’s Honor to go to the beginning and not miss a beat or the swish of a sword.

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