For the sixty-first book in the challenge, I read Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake, the first book in the Assassins Guild series.
I had a hard time getting into this one at first, and though the style was easy to read, it felt a little aimless in parts. That said, it was nice to see characters behave like adults who can function in society without being huge jerks to everybody all the time, as a way to demonstrate how badass they are. In this case, their excellence as assassins is separate from their personalities; or rather, they are both excellent at their jobs and their personalities allow them to differ in their tactics, but successfully in each instance.
There’s a lot of paranoia inherent in being an assassin, which is all the complication needed for a relationship without constant one-up-man-ship. Yes, both of them are obsessive stalkers. I think that’s why they’re good assassins and not great with the interpersonal relationships with regular people.
I dug the world, too, and that’s a huge deal for me. If the world doesn’t click, it rarely matters how good the characters are. Minimum of weirdly purple prose in the sex scenes. Did not enjoy the trumped-up cat-fighting, though. Boo to that.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.