Tag Archive | Assassins

The Spotless Series

Spotless Series by Camilla Monk

Action & Adventure/Romantic Suspense

 

Spotless (Book 1)

Beating Ruby (Book 2)

Crystal Whisperer (Book 3)

Butterfly in Amber (Book 4)

 

This series is actually a 5 book series, but the primary arch of the story is resolved in book 4.

Spotless

Overall Rating: 4 (xoxo)

Quick & Dirty summary: Island Chaptal is an ordinary, modern woman: an impressive IT Engineer by day, a romance bookworm by night. She’s surprised when she comes home one night to find a man standing in her living room organizing her tax returns. So begins Island’s adventures into the underworld and overworld of assassins, mercenaries, and CIA agents.

This series is wonderfully plotted. Each book is marvelous in its own right, although I enjoyed Book 2 the most. There is a murder mystery at the beginning of Beating Ruby, a lot of travel, but more importantly, a love triangle that is not drawn out but resolved with great integrity to the characters we’ve learned to love.

I will be honest and say that I didn’t like Island very much in Book 4. She is, in many ways, a completely different character at the beginning of Butterfly in Amber. She comes back to herself in this weird flash that was kind of unsettling to me. But in the end, I love the novel. There are so many surprises and twists. The whole series is like that, but Book 4, especially, has some great turns.

I cannot wait for the last book in the series! I love these characters and I love this author!

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99 each, books 1-3 & $3.99 book 4; approximately $13 total)

Normally I’d never read a series of books that costs $13 for one storyline. But these books feel like watching James Bond movies or something similar. Honestly though, I didn’t pay that much money. The first three books I read for free on Kindle Unlimited and then I paid to read book 4. In all likelihood, I’ll be buying book 5 as well.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Agnes & the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie. It’s a bit more romantic comedy than action, but the hero is a hitman, so there’s a bit of crossover there. The added bonus is this is a standalone novel.

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Waiting for the Third Act of Night Fury

Night Fury by Belle Aurora

Romantic Suspense

These are not standalone novels. The third book in the series has yet to be released and for the love of me I cannot find a website that will tell me when it will be released. So my review is somewhat limited. But I wanted to get everyone on the Nigh Fury train, since it’s a great ride!

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Book Cover of Night FuryQuick & Dirty summary: Catarina is an orphan who has lived most of her life in a convent. At a young age she is told that God has chosen her for a special task. She is trained from adolescence to be an assassin. She lives in a convent under the watchful eyes of a priest and two nuns. But all is not as it seems and Catarina knows that first-hand. As she comes fully into her destiny, she must navigate through increasingly startling revelations.

While this novel is not complete, I’ve loved it so far, primarily because there are some shocking twists. Just when you settle into the girl meets boy, they find they have instant chemistry, you realize NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS! It’s great. While some of the character development seems rather superficial, Catarina is only 18. I think the difficult part is the characters don’t seem to be acting in accordance to the way they are described. But it might be a part of the overarching plot that I can’t see yet because I need the third book (sorry, I know this is a reoccurring theme).

According to Amazon there will be one more book to finish this story and that makes sense. I’m not sure where else it could go, unless it’s to develop the super secret society that gives the order on who to assassinate. But I don’t think that’s necessary, or even fun, so I’m anxiously awaiting the third and last Act. A part of me wonders though, if Catarina is going to get a happily ever after. I’ve never really questioned that before while reading a romance book, and I think that’s a great thing. I can’t exactly tell you why, except to say that Belle Aurora has an active imagination and I cannot guess what is in store for our not-so-innocent heroine.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle: First Act $0.99, Second & Third Acts $1.99)

I’m not sure this book is worth $5 all together. I won’t really know if it’s worth it until the last Act. But that’s the interesting thing about books in serial format. You don’t really know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s like gambling on a double feature of movies you’ve never seen before. Lucky for me, the first two segments are free on Kindle Unlimited.

Something else you might enjoy:

You know, I haven’t really read anything else where a young woman hides as a nun but is really a super secret assassin. It seems like it would make a great plot for a martial arts action movie. I’m also not really into assassin books in general, because of the ethics of the whole thing. It’s not a book, but it kind of reminds me of the movie Serenity. If you haven’t watched it, you should. Great stuff and I am not a movie person at all (obviously I am a book person and for me it’s one or the other).