About A Reluctant Assassin (from Amazon):
Her mission was simple — get close to the Prince, and kill him. . .
Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait — for the perfect moment.
Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife . . .
But due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law — he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.
And the one woman he wants — just might be the one who is there to kill him…
About J. C. Morrows (from Amazon):
JC Morrows – writer of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader – is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word.
She finished her first speculative fiction novel purely for the enjoyment of her mother – also known as her biggest fan.
JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn’t stop.
She gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!
I give A Reluctant Assassin by J. C. Morrows 3 out of 5 stars.
First of all, I want to say, I love the premise of this book: What if Cinderella had been sent to kill the Prince? Paints an interesting picture, doesn’t it?
I was intrigued before I even started reading because of the killer premise (no pun intended), but as I began reading, I was immediately drawn into the world, which has both a futuristic and old-fashioned feel to it.
We are first introduced to Kayden, the girl on a mission, and shortly thereafter she meets the prince, Dvarius. Even though he’s not ready to marry, for him, it’s love at first sight. Kayden is resistant, presumably because feelings would get in the way of her mission. Their budding relationship is easily the best part of this story.
Dvarius was the best-developed character, and I enjoyed him quite a bit. I understood him and his motivations.
Kayden, not so much. Although she has personality, I couldn’t access her character. If it weren’t for the synopsis, which leads me to believe Kayden’s mission is to kill the prince, I wouldn’t know about it, because her mission is not clearly delineated in the story – it’s barely alluded to. Furthermore, it’s not clearly stated why she’s been sent to kill Dvarius, or who the people who sent her are, or why Kayden would go along with their plan. Synopsis aside, I left the story wondering if it really was Kayden’s mission to kill Dvarius or if I’d just been set up to believe that.
The supporting characters needed better development as well.
Beyond that, the story comes to an abrupt end – no climax and no denouement. The effect was startling, when considering all that had transpired. It’s possible that the intention behind such an ending was to leave the reader on the edge of his or her seat in anticipation of the next book in the series, but it only served to frustrate me. I had difficulty bonding with the characters, because they weren’t properly introduced, and so unfortunately, I have difficulty caring what comes next for them.
For me, the question What if Cinderella had been sent to kill the Prince? remains unanswered.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.