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Review: Blood Assassin by Alexandra  Ivy

Blood AssassinTitle: Blood Assassin

Author: Alexandra Ivy

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Sentinels (Book #2)

Publication Date: December 30, 2014

Format: Paperback, 405 Pages

ISBN-10: 1420125168 (Kensington/Zebra)

ISBN-13: 978-1420125160 (Kensington/Zebra)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

They are the outcasts of humanity. Blessed with power. Cursed by fate. Driven by passion. The Sentinels have returned. . .

Out Of The Shadows

At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again. . .

Into The Fire

Not only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter of a high-blood businessman is kidnapped, Serra agrees to help. But when she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving secrets sects and ancient relics, her life is in mortal danger–and Fane is her only hope. Is the warrior willing to risk his body, his soul, and his heart, for Serra? Or will one last betrayal destroy them both?

Quick & Dirty: A little girl has been kidnapped, and Serra has been tasked to find her. Did I mention the girl’s father poisoned Serra to ensure her cooperation? Yeah, this is going to be a little complicated…

Opening Sentence: One glance into the private gym would send most humans fleeing in humiliation.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

For 20 years, Fane has wanted Serra. He didn’t want his feelings to get in the way of his duty to protect his charge though, so he never let her know how he felt. For 20 years, Serra has wanted Fane and finds herself growing increasingly frustrated with his continued avoidance. Then one day, Serra disappears from her home, and Fane is determined to find her. When he does, he discovers she’s been abducted by a Sentinel assassin whose daughter has gone missing, and he needs to use Serra’s telepathic gifts to find her. Instead of just asking politely though, Bas – the assassin – injected her with a poison that only he has the antidote to, so she has no choice but to help him. Fane swears he won’t let her out of his sight until he knows that she is safe. Being in such close quarters day after day makes it harder for either of them to ignore their feelings. Will they be able to find the daughter before it’s too late, or are they destined to lose each other right when they’re finally willing to give love a chance?

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Alexandra Ivy, so I had no idea what to expect. There’s a nice definition of the Sentinels at the beginning, so I never felt lost due to not having read the first book in the series. I was surprised to find myself competely swept away as early as the first chapter. There is something about Ivy’s writing style that just sucked me in. My interest never waned, and I found myself staying up late to finish it, something that doesn’t happen often.

I’m not usually a fan of stories where the hero and heroine already have feelings for each other because it often makes the romance feel too hurried. That is not the case here. There is some wonderful tension between Fane and Serra up until the time they finally give in to their feelings. And when that happens, their chemistry just sizzles and lights up the pages.

Throughout the book, we get a few different points of view, including that of Bas. Ivy does a fantastic job of making you like Bas despite many reasons not to. I love it when a book makes you like the “bad” guy, so this just made the book even better for me.

Overall, this book was a fun ride with great characters. It immediately hooked me, and it’s gotten me very interested in reading more of Alexandra Ivy’s work, starting with the first book in this series. I have a feeling I’m not going to be disappointed!

Notable Scene:

Bas was walking away, when Fane stepped forward. “Wait.”

The assassin muttered a curse as he turned back to glare at Fane. “What?”

“You’re going to meet the leader of a drug cartel alone?”

“How sweet.” He flashed a mocking smile. “Don’t tell me you care?”

“If you die the toxin remains in Serra.”

“True.” Bas shrugged. “I die, she dies.”

Serra’s breath caught at his sheer callousness.

Fane was a little more…demonstrative in his reaction.

With three strides he was directly in front of the assassin, his hand once again around his throat.

“Then you don’t do anything that puts you in danger.”

“You’re not giving the orders here, Sentinel,” Bas growled, his eyes narrowing as Fane squeezed his fingers. “Christ. Kaede is waiting for me. It would look odd if I didn’t have some muscle with me.”

Fane slowly released his grip, indifferent to the slender stiletto Bas held in his hand. Serra didn’t know where it had come from, but she didn’t doubt for a second that the assassin knew how to use it.

She moved to stand next to Fane, lightly touching his arm as his gaze remained trained on the other male. It seemed they were destined to be driven to the brink of insanity by Bas Cavrilo.

Thankfully they were together to pull each other back from the edge.

“What excuse did you use to call the meeting?” she asked Bas, more for a distraction than any interest in his meeting.

Bas gave a twist of his hand and the stiletto disappeared. “To warn the cartel there’s a powerful psychic and her Sentinel in town,” he said, his composure perfectly restored. “No criminal wants to accidentally cross paths with someone who can peek into their thoughts. I share the info and he’s in my debt.”

“Debt I suppose is another weapon?”

He sent her a mocking smile. “You begin to know me so well, lovely Serra.”

Fane planted his fists on his hips. “Go. Away.”

The Sentinels:

0.5 Out of Control (Predatory)

1. Born in Blood

2. Blood Assassin

2.5 On the Hunt

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FTC Advisory: Kensington/Zebra provided me with a copy of Blood Assassin. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)No Gravatar
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    This was my first book from this author as well..and boy I loved it way more than I thought I would.

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