Book Reviews

Assassins Are People Too (Assassins in Love 1) by S.C. Wynne

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Humor/Comedy / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-October-2019

Book Blurb

Marc Francis is a paid assassin. He's got a little thing for the blond guy in 39D. One day one of Marc's enemies tries to get the drop on him in the elevator and his blond crush, Dillon Carter, from 39D, sacrifices his potted plant to save him.

Marc and Dillon have a strong sexual connection and as the months go by, and they steal time together, it develops into something more. But Marc doesn’t really do relationships, and Dillon worries Marc will ever be able to love him back the way he needs.

Also, when you’re a paid assassin, not everybody is rooting for your happy ever after.

 

 

First edition published by Loose Id, March 2016.

 

Book Review

Assassins hold a sinister attraction for me that I know is morally questionable (or worse), but that I cannot seem to escape. I think it is the idea that they “only kill the bad guys” – and who doesn’t want that, right? So when I find a book with a title like 'Assassins are People Too', of course I want to read it. Worlds collide when Marc, the international assassin, and Dillon, a harmless bookstore clerk with a big heart, meet in the elevator of their building and Marc is attacked by guy number three in the car. When Dillon saves Marc instead of the other way around, it sets in motion a sequence of events that is worthy of a Bond movie. Well, except that Marc keeps insisting he is not a spy. But everything else – the vengeful bad guys, the exciting chases on foot and otherwise, the false identities and international settings, it was all there.

The story was such a winner for me on other levels as well. On the one hand it is hilariously funny with the assassin thinking things like “This was embarrassing. The last thing I wanted was to die in front of Blondie.” – as if dying per se isn’t the problem, it’s the embarrassment factor. Or “He’d sacrificed his rubber plant for me. What a guy.” – with the idea that the ruthless assassin was in trouble and had to be saved by a harmless “civilian” and his rubber plant. By the time the assassin goes “I’d given him my favorite fake name because I had a little thing for him.” – I was in stitches. But on the other hand there is an undeniably mysterious quality to the plot, the danger both men find themselves in is very real, and the twists and turns (not to mention the darned cliff-hanger at the end) are thriller-worthy.

Marc is a paid assassin, cold-blooded to the nth degree, and as tough as nails. Feelings are not his friend, so when he meets emotionally open Dillon, a man who wears his feelings on his sleeve, Marc is thrown for a loop. He has watched Dillon, like he watches everyone else around where he lives, for a while and will admit to a certain physical attraction and maybe a particular need to impress the cutie, nothing more. When Dillon saves his life and they end up hiding in Dillon’s apartment, all of that changes.

Dillon works in a bookstore, not his ideal job, but it pays the bills. He is an average guy, likes making friends, and helps those who need it – even rubber plants who need saving. But when he sees Marc in danger, he doesn’t hesitate, sacrifices the plant, and hits the bad guy over the head. Dillon is like that even after the elevator incident. He seems perfectly harmless, and makes his share of mistakes, but when push comes to shove, he has good instincts.

If you like assassins as much as I do, if you want to watch an emotionally repressed tough guy fall in love with an optimistic, friendly guy who just wants an ordinary life, and if you’re looking for a read that is as suspenseful as it is funny, then you will probably like this  novella. I look forward to the sequel – and not just because of the cliff-hanger!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 32283 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-October-2019
Price $2.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Assassins-Are-People-Too-Romance-ebook/dp/B07Z3B3QXN