Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Chapter Review: Angel's Assassin by Laurel O'Donnell

I downloaded this historical romance quite a while ago when it was a free Kindle book.

BLURB: Damien is an assassin, a man with no home and a tortured past. Sold into slavery as a young boy, he is trained to kill with cold calculation, without remorse. As a reward for his ruthless success, he is given a chance to earn his freedom from his cruel master. One last mission. One final person to slay...

Lady Aurora of Acquitaine is the epitome of purity and goodness, beloved by all her people. She lives her life trying to atone for her mother's cruelty by being a fair and just ruler. Secretly she fears that one day her mother's murderer will return for her.

When Damien enters Aurora's life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.

Can Aurora's light heal Damien's dark spirit or will his evil consume her? The eternal battle of good versus evil, love versus hate, dark versus light, all come to a shattering climax in this historical romance set in medieval England.

COVER:  This is a stunning, romantic cover. I love it. I also like how they added the blurb about the author's win.

FIRST CHAPTER:  Aurora of Acquitaine is listening to concerns, complaints, and petitions from her people. She is interrupted by Lord Warin Roke, a man who wishes to marry her. He drags in an assassin. Many years ago Aurora's mother was murdered and Roke intends to find the man responsible.

KEEP READING: Definitely. In order to get the full flavor of this novel, I read the prologue and the first chapter. The events of the prologue take place ten years prior to the events from the first chapter and help to explain Damien's past. The author did well in crafting the prologue the way she did, as it helps the reader understand Damien better. I feared it would be hard to make an assassin a likable romantic lead, but O'Donnell manages it because of how she introduces him to the reader.

In the first chapter, as far as we know, Damien and Aurora don't meet. The reader is not sure if the assassin Roke drags in is Damien, but it's doubtful. What O'Donnell does with the first chapter is set up Aurora's dilemma. She is plagued by the memories of her mother's death. In addition, her father is currently considering suitors vying for her hand; one of them Roke. Things can only get more complicated from here. I'm hooked on this one and want to see how it turns out.

File Size: 414 KB
Print Length: 229 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615744591
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: ODONNELL BOOKS (June 26, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B008F4F47M

I own a free version of this book on my Kindle. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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