Thursday, August 4, 2011
The Assassins’ Lover–Another Scorcher From The Demon World
Author: Emma Holly
Princess Katsu Shinobi got more than she expected on her natal day. Hidden away at the behest of her jealous stepmother, Kat is more than happy to share her isolation with the two handsome Rohn guards, Hattori and Ciran. For three blissful months the three explore their sexuality with fierce abandon. Years later, the duo are hired to kill their former lover. Knowing there is very little chance for them all to escape with their lives, Kat, Hattori and Ciran set forth a plan that could bring freedom for the trio or death.
This series has a special place in my heart and is without a doubt my favorite from Ms. Holly. It is by far her most adventurous undertaking and for myself, her most enjoyable. The Demon series is about a secret race that has inhabited the Earth alongside humans and has been recently discovered. Mostly humanoid in appearance, it is their differences that makes this series such hot reads. The Yama/Demons are very class oriented. The royalty have distinct sexual characteristics that the Rohn or lower classes do not. They are much less sexually inhibited than their human counterparts. What I love so much about this book, is the depth in which ménage dynamics are explored. Not so much the sexual aspect (although that is explored in minute detail), but the emotional tangle that can erupt from insecurities and miscommunication. In most ménage stories, that aspect is glossed over and every one is just happy, happy, joy, joy for the rest of their jolly little lives. The Assassins’ Lover delves into this sticky area with honesty and frankness. Even though this is a sexually graphic book, this was more an emotion read than an erotic one. By the end of the book, these characters were my friends and I was extremely sad to see them go.
Along with the sexual and emotion threads of the book there is also a very compelling story of betrayal, loyalty, murder, intrigue…. oh, just a whole laundry list of hooks that keep your eyes glued to every word. I am dying of curiosity about Haro, Hattori’s brother. It is my fondest wish that his book is in the works, he earned it. This was truly one of the most beautiful, touching love stories I have had the pleasure to read in a loooong time. Do yourself a favor and read The Assassins’ Lover.