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Assassins in Love

(Assassins Guild #1)

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  121 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
Paperback, 1st Edition, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published March 1st 2012)
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Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vaginal-sf
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
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy, sci-fi
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
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. & Mrs.
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
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
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, scifi
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
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
combination of Science Fiction and romance. It definitely works.
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at

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 Grayson.
The review that follows is a partial review. To read my full review, please visit:

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
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review on
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
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Jane Higginson
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
Nice easy read to help take my mind off the stress of moving!!
Not campy enough to warrant that title, and not enough assassinating. The loving was pretty lame too, come to think of it. DNF
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessalyn King
This wasn't half-bad, really... it just wasn't great. It took me until about halfway through before I really got into it and then it just kind of ended. And I have to admit, I was annoyed that she brings you in with a few explicit scenes at the beginning, then just skips over them after. Lastly, all that 'Misha, ugh, I mean Mikail'... blah blah was annoying.... we got her point; no need to belabour it!

But I did like the world, and the sci-fi setting. I liked that she made it seem like a real thi
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
The title is a gimme that this is going to be light fair. That's not necessarily bad, of course. I did get through the thing in under 16 hours, including a night of insomnia and a couple of cat-naps, so as a diversion it did... well, divert.

This book opens well. The first 70-80 pages are entertaining stuff, fast paced, conflict driven with a(n in)decent amount of action, intrigue and sex.

Unfortunately, the rest of the book is a long, meandering third person subjective expository slog that shifts
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More romance than science fiction, a bit more explicit in sex scenes than other books written by this author under other names, but I enjoyed it as other books by her. Interesting characters as usual.
Mrs Haus
Mar 29, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, space-travel
Very rushed ending. I'm not sure why the final plot was even thrown in, it seemed very out of place. I never felt any connection between the characters and they were way too wishy washy about whether or not they trusted each other. There could have been more build up of the relationship. ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice dialogue and world building. Bit saucy.
Ending felt rushed.
Howard Brazee
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not a fan of assassins, even if they are "good" guys, and in love and in rut.


I do like the author, Kris DeLake is Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Scooper Speaks
Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I have a bit of mixed feelings about this book. I did like it, but after finishing it, I can't say that I will ever have the urge to read it again.

While I loved the premise, kind of a futuristic Mr. and Mrs. Smith, this book never quite reached the potential of this great story idea. We have 2 rival assassins, both intent on proving to each other just how badass they are and for a while they are actually pitted against one another. Misha is a black and white, paint in the lines, by the book, pa
Christi Snow
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
My Review:

Sci fi fun! This is a book that takes place at an indeterminate future date when space travel is the norm. The main difference between this world and ours is the space travel and technology (to a certain extent...a lot of even the technology is the same.) There are not any aliens in this book. But what is slightly different in this world is the acceptance of assassinations. There is an Assassins Guild which works under very strict guidelines and rules, but there are also
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
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
Michelle Greathouse
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Getting caught with a dead body at your feet isn't exactly an assassin's first choice. It’s even worse when you're caught by another assassin!

Kris DeLake is the pen name of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I should have been able to tell when I started reading the book; she’s an excellent author. As Ms. DeLake, she grabs you by the hand and propels you into the story, pushing the envelope in this fantastic adventure. It’s well written, has a g
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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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