About THE ACCIDENTAL ASSASSIN:
Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.
Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a mission. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list.
As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all of that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?
Sigh, I really loved this book!! When I found out I was getting this ARC I was totally pumped. Just the synopsis had me excited!! When the time came around to read it, I found out it had been pushed back another month. I was bummed but hey, I can read a lot of other books in a month, lol, but in my head I was constantly waiting to read this. Upon further research I discovered that this book had actually been pushed back several times due to a family illness. I then was more worried that everything was okay, but I haven’t seen any details so I just send my well wishes to the author and her family.
Okay, so about the book…
Ava has gone to London to house sit for her BFF, while she is away on vacation. She has fallen in love with London and decided that she’s going to try to get a work visa so she can stay. When she gets a call for an interview she jumps at the opportunity. She just doesn’t know that with that one phone call her whole life changed. As she’s backing out, she accidentally hits someone, little does she know someone has been hired to kill them.
Owen, is the hitman sent to kill Mr. Song. When Ava accidentally hits him instead of it making his job more than simple, it actually brings a ring of fire down around them. He’s not sure what it is about Ava, but something about her brings out his protective streak. As time goes on, his protective streak just seems to get stronger and stronger, and other feelings start blossoming as well. He will do ANYTHING to protect her, even if he has to protect her from himself.
This story was so good. Even though there was lots of danger and suspicion, it seemed more of a “cutesy type” read. I liked Ava, she was spunky, brave, and eager to learn. However, I loved being in Owen’s head. He was falling for her so fast and hard, he just wouldn’t let himself have her. Of course male POV are always my favorite anyway.
The only negative I will say about the book, and I’m just trying to be honest here, I think it needed more editing. Like I stated above I read somewhere that the book was being delayed due to a family illness, and if that is true I hope in my deepest depths all is well. But, if it had been put off this long, looks like maybe it could’ve been put off just a little bit longer for better editing. Sometimes, things seemed to drag on and on, and a few sentences I had to read a few times for them to make sense for me. I guess the thing that bothered me the most was the dialogue. It all ran together. Like, one person would say something and only a space in between someone else was saying something else. I found myself having to read it over and over to decipher who was saying what. It got confusing at times and a few times I ended up not being sure who said what.
Don’t get me wrong, I still liked the book, I just think it would’ve been better with more editing. I actually wonder if there is a chance for this to be a series… I can see where it would work, but if not, maybe a short novella to show where Owen, Ava, and Mavis end up. Oh and btw, did I miss it?? Did they ever end up finding Laura?? I don’t remember them doing that exactly.
Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy.
Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.