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Return of the Assassin (All The King's Men #5)

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Malek and Gina are two vampires with big problems and pasts they can't let go of. Malek has never dealt with and accepted the death of his first mate, Carmen, and Gina has never been able to let go of the pain she suffered at the hands of her first mate, an abusive half-Dacian named Arman. But now that Malek and Gina have met, they had better start getting over their pasts ...more
Published October 29th 2013 (first published October 25th 2013)
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¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★

Sigh......I did...

My issues, my honest review

I Expected a Bad-Ass Assassin. The Damsel in distress...(view spoiler) And....in this book, I found some stigmas . I won't point them out, but they are there. And the problem I have with the use of stigmas is that the originality it lost.

BUT....

My biggest disappointment.....was....with both of the MC's....Gina...Man oh man....I tried to like her...

BUT....

This per-se badass assassin has (vi
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This one was more 3.5 for me in the end. Had to mark it down just for the cheating. I really don't believe it needed to go there and hurt the story for me. And then the shower gave me an ewww factor. Sorta turned me off from the H/H from that point in how they both reacted to it. All was forgiven... I thought they couldn't cheat but there he was.

Please bring on Traceon's story!!!! That is going to be SO dark and SOOO hot!!
Anna-marie Buchner
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An Assassin and A Warrior

Just want to say the cover is amazing

RotA Book #5 of the All the King’s Men series

Wow this book was so worth the wait, however it would have been nice if it had come out sooner. Return of the Assassin is Gina and Malek’s story and what a story it turned out to be. Ms. Lynne did not hold back the punches with this one. I don’t want to give too much away but there are a few things that need to be said.

Ever since Gina tried to kill and innocent as revenge for her brothers
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Sandy S
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

RETURN OF THE ASSASSIN is the fourth full length novel ( and 5th storyline) in Donya Lynne’s paranormal vampire series focusing on the vampires who work for AKM and the women (and men) they love. This is Malek and Gina’s storyline and one with heartbreaking and painful pasts that each must accept and endure to get on with their lives.

Malek’s first mate was murdered and he has had a difficult time overcoming the painful memories and thoughts about retribution and death-something broke i
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Karen
This is the story of Malek and Gina.
This was one of the more densely packed books of the series, with the introduction of new characters and new plot lines. I was immediately pulled into the story partially because I had liked the characters from earlier books and partially because the story was a little darker than usual. The characters are so compelling and real for me as I read that I cannot stop even when I should because I need to follow where they are going.

Malek did not expect or want t
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Lexi Buchanan
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Donya Lynne has done it again with another amazing book to add to the 'All The Kings Men Series.'

In this book Malek gets his story, having briefly met Gina, an Assassin in Rebel Obsession.

Gina has problems letting go of her past because of how she was treated by her first mate, who has been dead a very long time. He hated being mated and treated her worse then anyone deserves. While in Miami, Gina has a panic attack, although she's starting to wonder whether they having anything to do with her c
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Rachel V.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I was looking forward to this book and it did not disappoint. Gina and Malek both needed each other and I was so happy with their ending. I love it once you start getting into a series and the author is still able to surprise you with new additions to the story or twists you couldn’t see coming.

What I did like was most of the book. It had plenty of action, suspense and romance to keep the storyline moving not to mention a possible plot to overthrow the King??? I like the introduction also of a
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Debbie
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
i soooooooo wish it would let you split the stars....4.75 stars!

Gina, a no holes barred, down right baaaaaaad assassin. Malek, a troubled, tormented member of All The Kings Men. each is deeply troubled by their past, in very different ways. they need each other, but neither is prepared, willing, nor able to admit that to themselves, or anyone else. together, they find each other, and their way, with lots of tears along that way!

this book, for me, was not so much about a love story, but more a st
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Lisa
A scene in this book totally just ruined it for me. He has sex with other women while he is in denial about Gina being his mate, but what made it so bad was that he had sex with (view spoiler) ...more
Connie Rhinehart
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Donya Lynne, had me sitting up way into the night with this one. Once again, I am amazed at how well she blends multiple points of view, which gives her characters a deeper believability, and allows me to reconnect with not only the present book but also the past books I enjoyed so much. There were times I wanted to smack Malek upside the head, only to later want to cuddle him like a wounded child. I fell in love with Gina and wanted to cheer her on. I’ve enjoyed all of the books in this ser ...more
Pamela Howell
I LOVE this series! However - with this installmaent I enjoyed the "side" story more than the "main" thread of Malek/Gina relationship. The angst was little much for me. SO GLAD Brak escaped!!! Little disappointed we didn't get the reunion of Trace, Brak and Maddox - but guess that will be NEXT book :)
Kathryn
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It had been quite sometime since I had read the first books in this series and I had to reread them because I had forgotten much of the backstory on the characters involved. I had forgotten what an awesome writer Donya Lynne is.

If you like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series you will like All the Kings Men, similar but definitely different.
Lady M.C.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
She's done it again, Donya Lynne has written another Great, Awesome book! I keep waiting for her books and feel the need to rush her to get my fix of the AKM Men! I can't wait for Trace's story!

Thank you Donya Lynne keep up the great work!
Shirley
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another fantastic novel in Donya Lynne's All the King's Men series!!

Filled with emotion, passion and action . . . just because these males are vampires doesn't mean they don't feel.

A MUST read for lovers of paranormal romance/erotic romance.
Amanda
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Over all the book was good. Did not care for all the info on what the bad guys are doing. I wanted to hear more about the AKM group. Had a good ending & still can't wait for the next book.
MandaLee
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, vamps-i-wanna
Ugh!!! It wasn't bad, just too much going on. I don't remember the others being like this:/. Oh well, I'll read the next one.....it's Trace:))
Laura
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved Return of the Assassin! The best of the series.
Fiona
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s another hit from Miss Lynn
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Malek and Gina both have had painful pasts when it comes to taking mates. Malek’s first mate died years ago and he still loves her and can’t let her go. Gina’s past is filled with abuse and the painful memories that her first mate caused her. Neither wants to want the other, but their souls have called out to each other as mates do and fighting what is between them may end up being the destruction of them both.

Malek is an enforcer for AKM or All the King’s Men b
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Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

The characters in this series are always standouts. Each one is unique and not at all cookie-cutter. While there are some, like Micah, who play a fairly prominent role in every book (I think of him as the AKM shepherd), it's unusual for me to like and identify with EVERY featured couple across a book series. The first time Malek and Gina are reunited in RotA is a powerful scene and exquisitely written. You can practically feel his aggr
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Feisty Girls
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
J's Review

I will admit that I am a paranormal snob. I’m very picky about who I read. Donya Lynne won me over with Rise of the Fallen the moment I read it I knew I had to have them all and I would be a lifelong fan of hers. She goes right up there with my fave paranormal authors. The thing that drew me into Donya’s writing is that it is so real. She hits on real life issues and addresses them absolutely beautifully. Even though we are in a vampire world, her vampires are completely different than
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Dana Busenbark
In this fifth book of the series, we see Gina in Florida, on the job as usual. What happened to her after she left Malek and the others? Where has she been? What kind of job is she on? Who is with her on the job? How does she know this person? What happens to Gina when she sees what kind of Vampire she is hired to take care of? What memories does that bring up for her? What happens to her physically? So, back in Cast, and what he is going through? His not so friendly little voice in his head is ...more
Book Junky Girls
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Our 5 Star Review

Malek has had 10 lifetimes to accept the death of his first mate Carmen, but he never could. Now that he has meet Gina, Sev's would be assassin, he has to decide if he can finally come to terms with Carmens death and move on. But being stuck in the past for so long he's not sure he wants to allow the truth to sink in and set him free.

Gina nearly made a fatal mistake when she came to Chicago to avenge to brother, but what she found there could break her, if she hadn't already bee
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This is Malek and Gina's story - both of them have mated before and lost their mates, through one reason or another. This is their second chance but will they both be too stubborn to take it?

This book is both fantastic and horrible! It is full of historical abuse, psychotic episodes, trauma. And yet it is also full of hope, of love and of the promise of good things yet to come. With this storyline, we not only learn more about Malek and Gina, but also Trace, his brother Brak, and their father Ma
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Shaly
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: donya-lynn
I love Donya Lynne because she always provides multiple POVs from different characters in her books, not just one. I enjoy reading from the 'bad guy/girl' POV as well as the hero and heroine.

Her AKM series is such a fantastic hit because her vampires are different from the normal vampire stories you usually get. They are not invincible, they hurt, suffer, bleed, love, eat, sleep, fight etc. This book had all of that, all of the characters from previous books were seen throughout the book, plus
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Carol
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this Series but this one was a bit of a let down for me :(, Thought Gina was put through far to much with Malek's BS!!, reminds me a'lot too much of Book 10 in the BDB!! Can't get over the death of your mate DECADES ago BLAH BLAH BLAH!!, Abit like being 2nd best and knowing it's only the mating calling that's got him wanting you... felt like jumping in the book and punching him myself, and to the extent he goes too right under Gina's nose was gut wrenching. what happened to the kick ass s ...more
Lis
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, kindle
3 1/2 stars. This is the 5th book in the All the Kings Mens series. This covers the vampire warrior Malek and the assassin Gina's story. Both are pulled towards each other and "mates" which Malek discovered in a previous book, but in denial and fighting natures calling. Malek barely survives his first mates death close to 1000 years ago and does not want to dishonor her by mating another. Gina's first mate was abusive due to his part Dacian heritage and she killed him in self defense. This serie ...more
Secretly Reading
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I adore this series but not this book. Gina and Malek's relationship was the classic MATE bonding and it lacked the emotional intimacy that the previous books' relationships had. Even the big issue with Malek just fell away in the face of his intense mating need for Gina. To make it worse Malek hurt Gina and Gina was rightly angry but her anger too melted away in the face of her mating need. The emotional bonding we did get was all about Gina sharing her past in one night with Malek and it made ...more
Jently
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun read, as always for this series. :)

Taking 1 star off because (without getting into spoilers) while I liked Gina, and even liked her and Malek together, I thought she ended up baring too much of the burden of being the adult in their situation. He really had very few (if any) redeeming moments in the first half of the book. And then he got off without much more than a 'stop being stupid' after that last huge stunt he pulled before coming to his senses. There was a LOT of baggage on both sides
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Tami
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The All The Kings Men series is a remarkable series! I became addicted when I read Rise Of The Fallen, Micah’s incredible story. Every book in the series seems to be better and better! Donya is a true talent!

Malek and Gina’s story is so exciting, sexy and suspenseful. She is lost in guilt and he is lost in his memories. This is a wonderful ride to hope and see if they can find what they both need and stay alive in their journey.

Hang on tight! Exceptional characters, sizzling scenes, ultimate d
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“That's Trevor. And he was about to tell us how it is he hitched a ride back here with Gina." Micah settled into his chair, leaned back, and steepled his fingers in front of his chest. "And I'm practically creaming myself to hear this story." "Look, it's my—" Gina's voice cut off when Micah's hand jutted out, palm toward her. "No, I want to hear from Trevor," Micah said, keeping his eyes on the strange male. "What brings you to my world, Trev. You don't mind if I call you Trev, do you?" "What if I do?" "I'd tell you to get over it." "Are you always like this?" "Only to my friends." The two locked gazes for several seconds until Trevor chuckled and looked away. "I'm not sure whether I like you or hate your guts." Micah grinned. "I get that a lot.” 0 likes
“I can't live without her, Micah. And I won't go through the hell I just went through over Carmen again. I won't." For a long, tense moment, nothing was said as the weight of reality sank in, and then Micah sighed in defeat. Tears bloomed and glistened in his eyes, and his jaw clinched in a hard line as he fought to hold his own emotions in check. This was good-bye, and Micah knew it. "I want you to pull the trigger, Micah. I want you to be the one to do it, because God knows, you won't miss." Micah's chin quivered, and his mouth worked hard as he blinked and looked away. He sniffed heavily before running his palms down his face to wipe away his tears. "Fuck," he bit out quietly between his teeth. "Don't ask me to do that. Please don't ask me to do that." He sniffed again and looked back at Malek, his eyes bloodshot with his efforts to restrain his grief. "Please, Micah. Please. Do this for me. This one last favor." Micah regarded him, clearly losing the battle to keep his composure. After a moment's hesitation, he bowed his head and clasped Malek's hand like the brothers-in-arms they were. "You can count on me. You need me, and I'm there. Just like old times.” 0 likes
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