Damien is an assassin, a man with no home and a tortured past. Sold into slavery as a young boy, he is trained to kill with cold calculation, without remorse. As a reward for his ruthless success, he is given a chance to earn his freedom from his cruel master. One last mission. One final person to slay…
Lady Aurora of Acquitaine is the epitome of purity and goodness, beloved by all her people. She lives her life trying to atone for her mother’s cruelty by being a fair and just ruler. Secretly she fears that one day her mother’s murderer will return for her.
When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart.
Can Aurora’s light heal Damien’s dark spirit or will his evil consume her? The eternal battle of good versus evil, love versus hate, dark versus light, all come to a shattering climax in this historical romance set in medieval England.
Enjoy an excerpt from Angel’s Assassin
Damien faltered. She had seen his dark side. She saw him kill the assassin with no remorse, no mercy. He should leave. He should turn around and get the hell out of here. Roke be damned.
Instead, he took a step toward her. Would he ever see those blue eyes light with warmth when she looked at him? An irrational fear tightened around his heart. He reached out a hand to her. “Are you—?”
She launched herself past his open palm and into his arms. “Damien,” she whispered.
For a moment, Damien stood shocked, shocked she would touch him after seeing how he had killed the assassin. And then, it didn’t matter. All that mattered was that she was alive. Damien wrapped his arms around her, holding her tight.
A movement shifted through the forest. Damien froze suddenly and jerked his head sharply to his left. He firmly set her away from him. He grabbed the sword from the ground and stepped in front of Aurora, scanning the surrounding trees. The dead assassin’s blood slowly dripped down the blade. The brush around them bent slightly in a soft breeze, drawing his attention this way and that. No birds sang. No sound other than the defiant rustle of leaves reached his ears. He stood very still, waiting for whoever was out there to move first. He was convinced someone else was there.
Damien heard the rustle of Aurora’s skirts as she moved up to him. She touched his arm with trembling fingers.
Anger tightened Damien’s fist. How many damned assassins were after her? After this one little, innocent woman? How many assassins did it take to kill her? How many assassins was Roke willing to risk in this game? “Are you hurt?” he whispered to her. He kept his gaze moving, scanning the area around them as he talked, his sword grasped tightly. When Aurora didn’t respond, Damien turned his head toward her. “Are you hurt?” he demanded.
“Damien,” she whispered. Her voice was full of fear. Her hand squeezed around his arm.
Suddenly, the forest shifted. Damien’s head spun and his footing wavered. Damn, he thought frantically. Damn! The poison. Not now. He couldn’t let it cloud his mind. Not with another assassin waiting for Aurora. Damien turned to Aurora. He had to get her out of there.
He looked around, but he could barely focus. His vision wavered, focusing and then blurring, clear then hazy. No, he thought. Not now. He glanced down at Aurora. Her large eyes looked to him for protection.
He cursed. “Run,” he told her.
Shocked confusion furrowed her brow. “Run?”
“There is someone else out there.”
He saw her eyes widen and his heart ached. Anxiety knotted tight in his stomach. She was so beautiful. So innocent. So frightened. Damien could not let anyone hurt her. But right now, he couldn’t prevent it. His eyes rolled and he toppled forward to the ground.
This was an amazing book. It is so hard to find books (especially good reads) set in this era. I love reading authors ideas about everything set in the medieval era. O’Donnell did not only up to my expectations, she surpassed them.
I only found one thing wrong with the book. It ended! Yes, I did not want the book to end. I wanted to keep reading. What did I like about the book? Well, let’s see, Hmmm, Oh yeah I remember. Everything. I loved everything about this book.
Thanks for a read that I will always remember.
Looking forward to reading more by O’Donnell in the future.
The bunnies and I give this book carrots.
The author is giving away one copy of “Angel’s Assassin” and one copy of her medieval romance, “The Angel and The Prince”.
Meet the Author
Laurel O’Donnell has won numerous awards for her works, including the Holt Medallion for A Knight of Honor, the Happily Ever After contest for Angel’s Assassin, and the Indiana’s Golden Opportunity contest for Immortal Death. The Angel and the Prince was nominated by the Romance Writers of America for their prestigious Golden Heart award. O’Donnell lives in Illinois with her four cherished children, her beloved husband and her five cats. She finds precious time every day to escape into the medieval world and bring her characters to life in her writing.
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People driving while talking on their cell phones! They drive like lunatics
Drivers who drive under the speed limit
Lousy Internet connection
Husband who doesn’t help me
When you make an appointment and are kept waiting
Slow paced books
Obnoxious teenagers (I have 3 of them)