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Assassin's Honor (Order of the Sicari #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  752 ratings  ·  133 reviews
A sexy new adventure-packed romance with a paranormal twist-from the award-winning author.

Archeologist Emma Zale sees the past when she touches relics. It's how she uncovered evidence of an ancient order of assassins-the Sicari. When a sinfully dark stranger shows up on her Chicago doorstep demanding an artifact she doesn't have, he drags her into a world where telekine
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published by Berkley (first published June 1st 2010)
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4 stars – Paranormal Romance

This had all the makings of a 5 star read: a hot, studtastic cover, an intriguing, unique story, fascinating world-building of the Sicari Order, a sexy, protective hero named Ares DeLuca, exotic locations, exciting archaeology, a good dose of action, adventure, and kick-ass sword-fighting, and steamy romance, but there was one major, annoying flaw that made me lower my rating: the heroine, Emma Zale.

She’s one of the most exasperating, whiny, b*tchy, argumentative, wi
Emma was the most annoying heroine ever. Not only was she whiny and bitchy, but also exasperatingly stubborn. She got angry easily and pretty much ruined every good scene in this book. I loved Ares, though. In fact, I wouldn’t have enjoyed and given it four stars if Ares hadn’t been so deliciously hot. Oh, sweet and caring too which made him all the more endearing. Ares also made me wanna learn Italian. Awesome language, isn't it? I loved it when he used Italian/Latin words, specially during lov ...more
Assassin's Honor This is probably the hardest review I've written to date, because this could've been an amazing story. I loved the universe Ms. Burns has created, the story was hot'n'steamy, action-packed (ooh, the sword-fighting), bitter-sweet, tender in all the right moments, angsty...Unfortunately it also had a huge problem. A problem that ruined everything that was good in it, obliterating all the enjoyment I could have gotten by reading it. A problem named Emma Zale. The heroine.

I know the
Laurie Garrison
May 13, 2010 Laurie Garrison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any paranormal lover
What an impressive spicy way to start a new series. Once I started reading this book it made me want to go right out and study Archaeology, just so I could meet my hot Sicari warrior. Oh, did I forget to mention the adventure that comes along with the warrior, well hold on to your seat because this one has an exciting one. With Ares warrior attitude and Emma’s sarcastic charm they keep you enchanted the whole time. I will be vague in this review I hate to give out to much info.

I loved the Sicar
You know that Katy Perry song "Hot N Cold"? That song kept going through my head while reading this book. The heroine is absolutely REDICULOUS!!! "I love him. I hate him! I'm stubborn because I can be! I'm sorry I interfered. I'm not sorry! I wish I never met you. I'm so glad I met you. You've betrayed me! Nevermind, you always put me first." [she's yes and she's no...]


Intensely "WTF".

Which made me wonder what the heck with the dude who follows her around like a lovesick puppy sees in her.
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
**3.5 stars**

The thing that drove me crazy about this book was the constant going back and forth about whether the other person cared for them or not! I don't mind it being done a couple of times especially as new things unfold but it was just a bit too much.

A lot of people complain about Emma being whiney but I found myself feeling that way about Ares...maybe not whiney but definitely not taking charge of the situation and making the same mistakes over and over. I am glad that they finally got
ETA: I had to give up, this is a DNF. I have too many other books on my TBR pile to put up with Emma for another 150ish pages.

I'm halfway through and not sure if I'm going to make it to the end. It's obvious the author did a lot of research for her world-building, which I appreciate. The pacing was... kind of jerky. Sometimes fast and engrossing, other times so slow that I had time to notice the details that were kind of off. The secondary characters (Lysander, Phaedra, etc.) were what kept me r
Mandi Schreiner
Why I read: Author asked for review.

Favorite Quote - There it was again, that light teasing note that made her go weak at the knees. Not a good thing, but at least he wasn’t kissing her. That would be a disaster. Clothed he was dangerous. Naked he was devastating.

Archaeologist Emma Zale just made a discovery that will validate her father’s claims that an ancient order of people, called Sicari actually exist. Deep within a tomb, she recognizes a symbol of the Sicari and calls on her walkie-talk
Assassin's Honor, the 1st book in The Order of the Sicari series was good but not great. The storyline definitely has potential but there was just something in the author's writing style that kept me from loving it and i'm not sure if i can pin point exactly what that is. I will agree w/ some of the other reviews in that the phrase "sighed in disgust" well as other forms of sighing..were used excessively...and there were a lot of repetitive thoughts going on in the heads of the "H" and "h". ...more
This was a really great book. I loved the H/H...Damn Ares was a dominate male who was soo damn stubborn. Which was kinda fun cause Emma was just as stubborn if not sometimes more so. I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. Monica Burns has a wonderful imagination . Loved the world she created. Nice action scenes with tough rules for Ares to follow. Breaking the rules has harsh punishments. That I wasn't expecting. The chemistry between Ares and Emma was intense. Although it seem ...more
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Pamela / SpazP
Sooooo, this book. I am giving it 3 stars because there were some compelling aspects to the book for me. But, my main problem with the book was *drum roll* the heroine, Emma! I am not one to really complain about characters, I am pretty easy to please, but she really just fought her journey the entire way and fought poor Ares the entire way too. I know a lot of people on here were enthralled and read this book in one sitting, but that just wasn't me. Darnit!
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is my first Monica Burns book, and whoooo mama *fans self* I wasn't expecting it to be quite so hot! There was a LOT of delicious UST (which I admit, is often lacking these days), and when they finally came together *cough* pun intended *cough*... Yeah, niiiiiiice :)

I need to start reading more standalone novels, or at the very least, pick books that already have a few out in the series already, because these cliff-hanger endings are killing me :P The relationship between Aries and Emma was
I was hoping to really like this one but low, it was only ok. In the beginning, I didn't really feel that much of a pull in to the story. The female character was unremarkable even though she had this special "power". Later on in the story, her character was exhibiting conflicting behavior that really confused me and I lost all track as to if I was supposed to like her or not. She was timid and vulnerable in the beginning, but when placed in the same room with the hero, she was domineering, aggr ...more
Mar 16, 2013 D.G. marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I have very little patience with books these days.

This book wasn't terrible but several things bothered me. The constant interjection of Latin words and phrases in the vocabulary of the Sicari (it didn't seem Italian to me). English is my second language and I seldom interject random Spanish words as I speak. This drives me bunkers when it's done in books because I've NEVER known a fluent speaker to do that (if your English is good enough in the first place, then you speak English to people who
pretty interesting plot and back story. Ares is, of course, charming. but like other reviewers, i had a hard time with Emma. whe was too rash and moody in my opinion. but the book was fun and i may read the next one in the series.
Monica Burns
Nov 10, 2014 Monica Burns added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough book to write, and as like all writers, if I had more time, I would change a few things to improve the read. There's ALWAYS room for improving something.
Sophia (FV)
Archeologist Emma Zale is in big trouble. While on a dig in Cairo, she has uncovered proof of an ancient order of assassins called the Sicari. However this exciting revelation is overshadowed by the untimely murder of her mentor and she is the main suspect. Years before her archeologist parents were murdered in a similar manner while they searched for relics involving the Sicari. Due to lack of solid evidence, Emma is released from jail and she heads back to the United States, her future as an a ...more
Emma Zale is an archeologist working on a dig in Cairo when her world is suddenly turned upside down. She discovers her murdered colleague, is held by the police as a suspect and is released and rushed back home to Chicago. If that wasn't enough trauma, she is confronted in her home the next evening by the Sicari assassin, Ares, just before an attempt is made on her life.

This story begins with excitement, mystery and suspense and we're soon introduced to the paranormal when Emma and Ares' "gift
Good read, action paranormal.
I found the world interesting - it uses an imaginative twist based on some Roman history. Historically speaking, the Praetorian Guard [generally considered to be the good guys, bodyguards of the Caesar du jour]. They were officially dissolved in the 4th century by the current emperor - at a guess that was NOT done as cost-cutting measure. The Sicarii were considered assassins and generally killed Romans and Roman sympathizers. Since they specialized in carrying hi

One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday morning is to lay in bed and read an entire book cover to cover with no interruptions (ah, the joys of not having children.) This week's pick for the honor was Assassin's Honor and it was a fun, exciting, engrossing read- perfect for a lazy morning or a day at the beach.

Although this book marks the author's first foray into the world of paranormal romance, she jumps right in like a pro and sets up a complex, layered world that I as a reader could reall
Akaria Gale
This book was at once compelling and completely frustrating. I really found the world of the Sicari engrossing and you could tell Burns put a lot of effort into creating their world. The story was a classic oldie but goodie. A big strong warrior male must bring an unknowing smart and gutsy female into his secret world to protect her from a great evil. The action scenes painted an exciting picture. The love scenes were tame (for me) but sexy. All this should equal up to a satisfying three star re ...more
At fist I wasn't to sure about his book...When I started to read it I noticed a few terms I wasn't familiar with (as I know nothing about archeology and times when Cleopatra was around) but as I Started reading more I realized Monica Burns does a great job in describing these things to us. I found that it was ok not to have a background in this and she explains as she goes...with that aside I loved this story!
Emma is an archeologist who has a special ability when she touches objects she can see
When I finished this book it took me a while to think about if I really liked it and how to rate it. It wasn't a bad story, overall I think I liked. So finally I broke it down this way:

What I liked: I liked the Sicari. The author did a good job with building up this secret society with all the laws, heirarchy, and rituals. Her descriptions of them were very vivid (especially the fight scenes whch can get muddled in descriptive detail, but not in this book). I could actually see the fire and feel
Feb 29, 2012 Aleixie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aleixie by: Anju

I shall start with it was not that great.

But, the historic and archeological dig aspect was quite pleasing for my eyes to read. The whole mystery of discovering something hidden, finding something everyone believed was a myth and cyphers was something I enjoy reading. On the contrary, I don't like the romantic element tied into all of it! There is nothing else. The two in question, Emma and Aries, were either at each others throats for the most insignificant details or having hot sex. Now, let's
Lady Rogue
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Brandy *Ahviel*
Archeologist Emma Zale sees the past when she touches relics. It's how she uncovered evidence of an ancient order of assassins-the Sicari. When a sinfully dark stranger shows up on her Chicago doorstep demanding an artifact she doesn't have, he drags her into a world where telekinesis and empaths-someone who can sense the emotions of others- are the norm. Now someone wants her dead, and her only hope of survival is an assassin who's every bit as dangerous to her body as he is to her hear

This was
Aly is so frigging bored
This book had great potential to be an over 5* one, but unfortunately the heroine mucked things up... She was like me after a sleepless night, when I have to go to an exam, outside is raining and I have PMS and feel sorry for myself; I wouldn't have cared so much if it was only 1 or 2 of those moments but she was like this ALL the book! I wanted to strangle her every 3 pgs when it was her POV.

She didn't appreciate the hero at all, he almost died 3 times 'cuz she made bad decisions and didn't li
I enjoyed the book. I thought Ares was an amazing hero. The fight scenes were exciting. It was well written and I found it hard to put the book down.

Now for the bad part. I thought both the hero and the heroine had some major issues. I can understand the feelings of betrayal, but not the continued actions of both characters. In some cases, you wanted to smack both parties, but that could have been the author's intentions.

All in all, I would recommend the book.
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An award-winning author of spicy historical and paranormal romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today.

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