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Assassin's Choice

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Assassin's Choice is a quick and snappy urban fantasy romance focusing on shapeshifters in a world full of paranormal beings.

Synopsis

If they realise who I am… I’m dead.

To the Council, I’m their top assassin. I terminate paranormals that step out of line. I’ll head off the hit list if they ever find out who I really am.

I’m close to finding out who’s responsible for my mother’s death, when the Council sends me on a mission,: kill two clan leaders who threaten to expose the paranormal world.
Simple, Right?
Then I meet them…and everything goes to hell.

Throw in my overheated libido, not one, but two soul-mate claims, a mysterious age-old shaman who throws me slap-bang into the centre of an ancient prophecy, and things really heat up.

My next decision will send my life in a new direction… or kill me in the process.
Which will it be? Personal revenge… or save the world?

Assassin's Choice follows Altermichan, an immortal shapeshifting assassin sent on a mission by The Council to prevent a war between two opposing shapeshifter clans. Such a war would expose the paranormal races of the world and place everyone in danger. The Council's goal, through their best assassin, is to prevent that from happening. Altermichan must get close to each clan's respective leader, the rich Metisse of the Sabres and the rugged Gabriel of the Werewolves, and kill them if necessary. Unfortunately (but also fortunately?) for Altermichan she is extremely attracted to both men and this lust is getting in the way of her mission.


The romance elements of the book weigh as heavily as the fantasy and the novel is an easy read. The writing style feeds into that ease, with an abundance of short, quick, and concise sentences. The reader is given summaries of conversations and events, wasting little time with pages of dialogue. Characters are introduced and summarize similarly, and worldbuilding is doled out sparingly in the same fashion.


As I prefer to be shown through action, rather than told, this style is not well-suited for my tastes. I want to see and experience the world and its people, especially when it comes to conversations between characters and the traits they possess. I want to feel closer to the characters and be able to relate to them, which was difficult to do in this case.


Despite my preferences, I kept with the book as the world was interesting and I wanted to see where the story would lead. There was buildup for a climactic event and I was left disappointed because it did not happen. Instead, the last few chapters focused on a big reveal regarding a mystery laid out about the main character and, in doing so, created a clear path for what's to come in book two.


There are a couple things that new readers should know ahead of time. The first is, while this is a fantasy novel, the story is romance heavy. Altermichan's desires are at the forefront throughout and the sex scenes, for which there are multiple, are explicit. Secondly, while Altermichan is an assassin, evidence of her proficiency in that profession is lacking. I had hoped to see more scenes fleshing out her skill.


While I did not appreciate the book as much as I hoped, those who enjoy romance and urban fantasy in equal parts would find this book both a fun and compelling read.


It's a quick and snappy urban fantasy could be finished in one sitting. There's a touch of mystery here, and the world has more to offer should one continue with the series. I would recommend it for those who like their fantasies short, to the point, and with equal parts romance.

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Synopsis

If they realise who I am… I’m dead.

To the Council, I’m their top assassin. I terminate paranormals that step out of line. I’ll head off the hit list if they ever find out who I really am.

I’m close to finding out who’s responsible for my mother’s death, when the Council sends me on a mission,: kill two clan leaders who threaten to expose the paranormal world.
Simple, Right?
Then I meet them…and everything goes to hell.

Throw in my overheated libido, not one, but two soul-mate claims, a mysterious age-old shaman who throws me slap-bang into the centre of an ancient prophecy, and things really heat up.

My next decision will send my life in a new direction… or kill me in the process.
Which will it be? Personal revenge… or save the world?

Prologue

So that’s my target.

Nice.

Shame I have to kill him.

But who says I can’t have some fun first?

 

I watched the ash-blonde man on the tennis court from behind my designer sunglasses. His white T-shirt clung to his sculptured body like a second skin. The wet patches from the sweat showed his coffee coloured skin under the thin almost translucent material. His shorts strained at the thighs with the swelling of the thick muscles as he ran forward, his racket hitting the ball over the net at the last possible moment. He stood up to his full height and wiped his face with the underside of his shirt, offering everyone who was watching—and there were a lot—a great view of his six-pack. I got a fantastic look at his tight buttocks under the clay stained shorts as he turned to walk back to the line. Very nice. Back in place, he bent his knees and leant forward, his arms tense as he waited for the next volley.

I could watch him all day.

This was Metisse. A playboy millionaire who spent his fun time excelling in all kinds of sports. His family was old money, with origins going back as far as the eighteenth century. At six feet, two hundred pounds he was a big man, athletic and easy to smile. The coffee-brown of his skin colour spoke of mixed racial heritage. His hair—dyed almost white—formed a stark contrast to the darkness of his skin and his eyes. All in all, he was a tasty mix of everything that I like.

He was also a Sabre-tooth shapeshifter; the leader of the local clan. And according to our research, he was one of the two main players in the war to come. That made him my business.

The game continued for another half hour. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my surveillance. My body was getting almost as hot as he looked, and it had nothing to do with the nice sunny weather. There was a collective sigh of admiration on the terrace of the tennis club when he pulled the soaked shirt up over his head. The material had hinted at a fantastic physique and no one was disappointed. There were giggles from the only two guys at the terrace tables, all the other seats were taken by women. This guy was a magnet.

A tall blonde Playboy-bunny of about twenty-one skittled over the tennis court towards the blonde hunk and threw her arms around his broad shoulders. His right arm snaked around her small waist as he kissed her. Disappointed women all around me drank the remnants of their wine and stood up, ready to get back to their regular and boring lives with their less-than-perfect but very rich husbands. All would dream well tonight. I stayed where I was. I wasn’t here for a dream.

The blonde bimbo giggled all the way up to the terrace. Metisse pulled back a chair for her and glanced my way. Our eyes locked. He cocked his head slightly in acknowledgement of a connection that we both felt. My lips curled up in a smile as I pushed the sunglasses back over my now yellow-hued eyes.

Ten minutes later I signalled the waiter for the bill, gave him my platinum card and stood up to put on my light, summer coat. The waiter returned my card and with one last smile at Metisse, I turned and left the tennis club. He would see me again, only I would determine when.

The game has started. 

About the author

Monique Singleton writes compelling stories that mix fantasy with realistic psychological suspense and unique insights into the mind of the main characters. In addition to her writing, Monique still holds down a full-time job as a business consultant. She has written and published 8 books to date. view profile

Published on January 28, 2020

60000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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