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Assassin's Heart by Monica Burns
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Assassin’s Heart (Book 2 in the Order of the Sicari) by Monica Burns is filled with incredible world building, strong, warrior type characters and an amazing romance. Assassin’s Heart stars Lysander, a facially scarred and brooding Sicari fighter. The beginning of Assassin’s Heart takes place a year before the events of the first book, Assassin’s Honor. Lysander has been taken captive by his enemy, the Praetorian. He is tortured horribly by one of the Praetorian who scrapes away the skin on part of his face and blinds him in one eye. Even though Lysander is in incredible pain and expects to die, he has no regrets, especially since he had an amazing night of lovemaking with the healer Phaedra (Sister to Ares, the hero in Assassin’s Honor). He loves Phaedra with everything he has inside him, but his torturer tells him something that will destroy him. Lysander’s mother was raped by the Praetorian torturer and from that violent act, Lysander was conceived. Everything Lysander thought he knew was a lie, and now he feels dirty and less of a man. He is saved by his fellow Sicari, and Phaedra wants to heal his face, but he rejects her healing powers and her help. He wants to live with the scars his father has given him as punishment. And he knows if Phaedra finds out he is part Praetorian, she will hate him because the Praetorians murdered her parents.

Now a year later, the Praetorians are still out to get the Sicari. Phaedra suffers silently because of Lysander’s harsh rejection, while Lysander longs for Phaedra, but turns way from her because of what he is. Phaedra wants to get to the bottom of Lysander’s grief. And even though he acts cold and uncaring towards her, she notices the heated stares he gives her. Also, both are having strange dreams where they come to the conclusion that Lysander is the first Sicari Lord and Phaedra is his wife that have been reincarnated. Not only do they have to deal with the Praetorians upping their attacks, but they must learn to work with one another no matter how hard it is. Phaedra is not one to have a man like Lysander walk away from her. She refuses to let him wallow in his despair, and won’t rest until he tells her the truth. And when he does, it’s just as explosive as the passion they have for one another

Monica really knows how to bring out the yearning, angst and smoldering lust two people can have for one another. Assassin’s Heart has wicked fighting scenes with nasty, powerful villains and more than enough hot love between Lysander and Phaedra that almost had me grasping for air. Everything is explained in such detail that I’m simply amazed by how Monica could do it all.

I’m usually not one for flashback scenes, but the ones with Maximus and Cassiopeia, both Lysander and Phaedra dream about are very well written and fit in the story. I also loved how Monica had me aching for two characters whose story must be written because they made such an impact on me. This deals with Atia, one of the heads of the Sicari Order. She is the mother of Cleo, another Sicari. Atia hides many secrets. One being of Cleo’s father who has no idea that Atia gave birth to her. He is Marcus, a Sicari Lord, who had to give up Atia decades ago because of his important role. Now he’s back and wants Atia. He won’t allow her to walk away from him as he did before. But there’s another man who protects both Cleo and Atia, who also wants her as much as Marcus does. Their relationship is filled with mistrust and hurt. And there’s a major shocking twist with their son that Marcus took away who could possible destroy the Sicari after all these centuries. At times I was more interested in Atia and Marcus, versus Lysander and Phaedra, and can’t wait to see what Monica has in store for them.

Assassin’s Heart is very rich and descriptive. The men are full of smoldering sexiness and their women are their equals in every sense of the word. If you’re lacking an action packed, swoon worthy type romance, do give Assassin’s Heart a read. You will definitely enjoy the masterful talents of Monica Burns who never fails to disappoint.
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Reading Progress

August 25, 2010 – Shelved
September 7, 2010 – Started Reading
September 9, 2010 –
page 300
83.33% "I'm more into Atia and Marcus and want their story. Poor, angsty, damage Lysander though :("
September 13, 2010 – Finished Reading

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