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Assassins in Love (Assassins Guild #1)

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  547 ratings  ·  115 reviews
When one killer falls for another

Agent: Misha
Profile: Highly trained in every method the assassins guild has to offer. Always goes by the book.

Agent: Rikki
Profile: Rogue assassin who kills only to rid the world of hardened criminals. Hates organizations. Always does it her way.

Love becomes a matter of life and death.

Misha's mission is to get Rikki to join the guild or give
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published March 1st 2012)
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Ok, so this book was really enjoyable, the problem is that the author is so good at world-building, that I CRAVED a bigger-scope story because what she built was really interesting! This is a very VERY romance book, but I felt like it was really well-written (it's no surprise, this is a pseudonym for Katherine Rusch who writes excellent straight Fantasy and Sci-Fi)

It was very much Mr. and Mrs Smith set in space. Yes, the whole assassin thing is totally played, but with a name like "Assassins in
I have long held that romance writers are incapable of writing decent science fiction romance. They just... can't. Every single one I've read has been remarkably cheesy, with cliched and paper-thin worldbuilding, telepaths (there are almost always telepaths), skin-tight spacesuits (that is, if the always sexy and oddly human aliens understand the concept of "clothes" at all), and Destined Mates (which is usually an excuse for the alpha-male alien to act like a total jerkwad towards the heroine). ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

ASSASSINS IN LOVE by Kris DeLake is the first book in the Assassins Guild Sci-Fi Romance series. Don’t let the Sci-Fi label scare you, there are no aliens or crazy technical jargon in this book. Apart from a few cool gadgets and some scary advanced drugs, I forgot that the story took place (primarily) on a spaceship (it could have easily been a luxury cruise ship).

At it’s best, ASSASSINS IN LOVE reminded me of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Mr. &
Jacob Proffitt
Mixing genres is a tricky business, and not just because it complicates the marketing. Each genre has its own norms and expectations and these often come into conflict when you combine two strongly-defined genres like romance and sci-fi. Fortunately, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (for whom Kris DeLake is a pseudonym) is well up to the job.

There's a reason she used the Kris DeLake name to publish the book, however—it primarily adheres to the expectations of the romance genre. This was a true win, for me
Melissa McShane
That's right, I started the year by reading something called Assassins in Love, which is a dumb title for a book that turned out to be pretty good. Kris DeLake is a pseudonym for Kristine Kathryn Rusch, whose Retrieval Artist novels I like very much, and she doesn't put her writing ability aside when she's writing romance novels. Her main characters, Rikki and Misha, are both assassins, though Rikki is an independent who doesn't like organizations, and Misha's been part of the Guild almost his w ...more
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From page one, I had problems with Assassins in Love. Though the premise behind the story had a lot of potential (one of the reasons I was drawn to it in the first place), it fell short of those expectations, at least for me.

The story was too rushed and not fully developed in some of the areas. It seemed to suddenly head off in another direction without any reason. I fe
Alexia Chantel

A good assassin must always be alert but shouldn't have much to fear. Authorities can be avoided or bought, blending into a crowd comes in handy for errands, and living by yourself in a fortress has its perks. What one would worry about though is if another assassin comes knocking.

Misha is a golden boy, always does things the right way. Rikki is a risk, does things her way and doesn't handle authority well. The reasons behind their work methods is explained by their pasts and by default, their p
3.5 stars

In an exciting sci-fi future, on an interstellar cruise ship, rogue assassin Rikki (I seriously can't remember her surname, it's not important) is trying to dump a body. While assassination is legal if you have a license and a contract, Rikki's not a member of the Assassin's Guild, and generally feels that she doesn't need anyone controlling her or regulating how she does things. A very attractive man helps her get rid of the body, and then escape the security guards on the ship. One th
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I find that a most sci-fi space themed romance novels aren’t in worlds that are well built or interesting. Assassin’s in Love was the exception for the rule of just avoid most sci-fi romance.

The story revolves around Rikki and Misha both assassin’s one with a guild one not. For a chunk of the book Misha is tracking Rikki down because he was getting framed for her kills. Then things take a crazy twist and we go on a pretty wild adventure that involve
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From the cover of Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake, I was expecting something along the lines of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, or maybe Shana Galen's Lord and Lady Spy. I didn't examine that cover picture closely enough to notice the details; that gun he's holding is some kind of blaster pistol. And Kris DeLake is Kristine Kathryn Rusch's newest pen name.

Ms. Rusch writes science fiction as under Rusch, and romance under the name Kristine Grays
The ridiculous cover made me think there would be more sexytimes than there were. I mean, there were sexytimes, but it peaked kinda early in that regard (wah-wah), and after the first couple encounters, it was all just "and then they went and did it a LOT" and that was a graphic as it got. And the plot peaked early, too. The central conflict gets resolved at like the 65-75% mark, and then they try to bring in another conflict...but it's just not too interesting, it wasn't built well and ended ki ...more
Today’s post is a quickie because I’m pressed for time with school and work. But don’t think the brevity of this post is a reflection on Assassins in Love because I thought it was a fun read!

I ordered this book on a whim after reading a review of it somewhere. The review wasn’t all that favourable, which is why I haven’t linked it here, but it was what put Assassins in Love on my radar; even though the reviewer didn’t love the story, her review was very fair and the information she provided was
2, maybe 2.5 stars. It was pretty good, but it didn't really grab me. There wasn't a lot of action or intrigue for a book about assassins. Unless you mean in the bedroom. It didn't really pick up for me until part 4 when they went inside the Guild. But then the final chapter was pretty weak and cheesy.

I could've used more substance.
Feb 02, 2014 Jennifer added it
Shelves: library, dnf, no-thanks
Not campy enough to warrant that title, and not enough assassinating. The loving was pretty lame too, come to think of it. DNF
Jane Higginson
Nice easy read to help take my mind off the stress of moving!!
Assassins in Love is the first book in the Assassins Guild series by Kris DeLake and a Romance from SourceBooks Casablanca.

Book Blurb:

When One Killer Falls For Another...

Agent: Misha
Profile: Highly trained in every method the assassins guild has to offer. Always goes by the book.

Agent: Rikki
Profile: Rogue assassin who kills only to rid the world of hardened criminals. Hates organizations. Always does it her way.

Love Becomes A Matter Of Life And Death...

Misha's mission is to get Rikki to join th
[I also reviewed this title on my blog: Ishari's Bookshelf]

So...I read this.

This book is an example of why an author should always choose their book's title with care. When this was picked for a book club selection, I almost didn't touch it with a nine-foot pole. Assassins in Love? Seriously? Plus the guy on the cover with his shirt off while posing with his gun ('cause shirtless gun handling is useful?) was like cheesewhiz icing on an already cheesy cake.

Then I looked at the author and discove
Josh Jacobs
LOTS OF SEX. If you like a character driven storyline with your sex, this is definitely for you! This is a very strange book. Not in a bad way, it's just very strange. I think it's mainly because of the writing. So much of the novel is Misha and Rikki's internal viewpoint and their confusion of the other persons motives which I found quite jarring at first but around 20% in, I really started to enjoy this style of writing. Rikki, especially, has lots of bracketed speech so you can sometimes go p ...more
Tiffany Farrant-Gonzalez
I thought the world building in Assassins in Love was great. It had a bit of a Blade Runner feel to me which I thoroughly enjoyed. The role assassination played in the world was also fascinating, and seemed like it could be an almost believable occupation in the probably not-too-distant future.

The primary thing that got to me, was the constant misunderstandings between the two characters. I get that they both have some serious trust issues, as the nature of assassination means that they can nev
Assassin’s In Love by Kris DeLake
Paranormal Romance – March 1st, 2012
4 stars

This fun futuristic romance was pure jolt of entertainment as two assassins find mutual attraction and intrigue.

Rikki is a rogue assassin. She plays by her own rules and being part of the Assassin Guild cramps her style. When her latest assignment hits a hitch, she finds herself saved by a decadently attractive and rich playboy. They share a steamy night of passion.

But the playboy’s actual name is really Misha, and he i
"Assasins in Love" was my first sci-fi romance book in a while.
It was a fun read that started a little bit stronger than it ended. There was no confusing tec talk that made me think I have to learn a new language. Rikki is a very independent, strong character who doesn't trust others lightly. She also doesn't questions her job as assassin, as she sticks to her own set of morals: she only Mills people she things deserve their destiny. Her past has a huge impact on her life and part of it has com
Assassins in Love is not a book I would have picked up off the shelf to purchase in any book store - it just usually isn't my thing and with bills to pay and a lack of time to read, I wouldn't have wasted the money.

I did end up purchases this book because it is this month's Vaginal Fantasy pick, and I really wanted to read this month's book, so I can participate in the discussion.

So I took the five dollars and some odd change to purchase it.

I actually quite enjoyed the book.

I had low expectation
Paso mogollon de este libro. DioXXxx que cosa más mala y que despropósito de libro. Es que no vale ni como guión de peli porno. La madre del cordero. Que patata!!!!

Ya van dos veces que intento leerlo hasta el final sin éxito. Si mi primera impresión fue penosa, la segunda ha sido un desastre.

Explico la cutre trama hasta donde lo he dejado
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Jay Daze
A light, fun, erotic read. It is all about the heat that the author generates between the two main characters Misha and Rikki. The characters are beautiful people having some hot sex (not super hot, but hot enough). The conspiracy that culminates at the end is a bit of a anti-climax in comparison.

That the book alternates between Misha and Rikki's perspectives does take the bite out of the 'can I trust him/her' worries - the paranoia that should be present in an super secret assassin world - bec
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
A sultry futuristic thrill ride!

Two trained assassins from different worlds collide when fate brings them together...again. Rikki is a skilled assassin who prefers to work alone when she kills, a freelancer if you will. When her latest hit goes a little awry above a spaceship and her cover's almost blown, she's "rescued" by Misha, another assassin who works for an organization called the Guild. Misha has been on Rikki's tracks, hoping he can convince her to join the Guild for her protection but
This book was so much fun to read, and if I am completely honest much better than I expected.

I really liked the idea that there were these 2 assassins and that they were pitted against each other, but it wasn't like they were enemies, just in the same profession with vastly different ways to go about their jobs.

Misha was raised as an assassin and in the guild, almost like their golden boy, one who always followed the rules. While Rikki, is more about who she kills, she always goes for the bad gu
Scooper Speaks
3.49 stars
Favorite Lines: “She turned, assessing her options as she did. One knife. (People were afraid of knives, which was good. But knives were messy, hard to clean up the blood, which was bad. Two laser pistols. (One tiny, against her ankle, hard to reach. The other on her hip, obvious, but laser blasts in a corridor–dangerous. They’d bounce off the walls, might hit her.) Fists. (Might break a bone, hands already shaking. Didn’t need the additional risk.) Then stopped assessing when she saw
A Deadly Debut
Rikki Bastogne kills people for a living. She's good at it. She does so legally, more or less, careful of the jobs she takes and the locations in which she works. Even so, it's not like her occupation is the most risk-free, nor do her targets line up with a relaxed smile and wait to be removed from existence. It's a dangerous, solitary life of secrecy and hypervigilance.

One thing is absolute for Rikki. She wants nothing to do with the Assassins Guild. She's not a joiner, the only r
Rikki is an assassin. In space! 'Love' opens with her fumbling attempts to open the airlock so she can dump the corpse at her feet out into space. Poor old Rikki is having a little crisis of confidence, reflecting that she is barely competent at her chosen profession, that perhaps she needs more skills in airlock-lock picking and knowing her way around luxury liner spacecrafts. I guess her complaining is meant to engage my sympathies, because killing people and disposing of corpses is hard, dirt ...more
We are talking about Kristine Kathryn Rusch here using a pen name to write racy sci-fi romances, folks! Of course the book is buckets of fun since the very first moment when Rikki tries to get rid of the body in space...

This is a short, entertaining read similar to Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In this world assassins are respected professionals and not liable for the kills, their clients are. The laws vary from planet to planet, but Rikki prefers to act as an independent instead of belonging to The Ass
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Kris DeLake is one of writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch's many pen names. In addition to writing as Kris DeLake in romance, Rusch also writes romance as Kristine Grayson (who specializes in paranormals) and Kristine Dexter (who prefers romantic suspense). In mystery, Rusch writes as Edgar- and Shamus-nominee Kris Nelscott. In science fiction and fantasy, Rusch goes by her real name. Under that name, s ...more
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