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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Book Review: Assassin’s Kiss! (Watcher’s Kiss #2) by Sharon Kay

Assassin’s Kiss! (Watcher’s Kiss #2)
by Sharon Kay
January 12th 2016
302 pages

Locking emotions away is how Scorpio survived years as a conscripted killer. Now, as a Lash Watcher, he uses the same lethal skills to help his fellow warrior demons maintain peace in the realms. When a mission goes awry, he finds himself a thousand miles from home with no weapons or comms. Injured and alone, he is taken in by a group of witches who know him well.

And want him dead.

Tessa’s affinity with metal makes her one of the most powerful witches in her coven. Her deepest wish is to stop the oppression of her people—a direct result of her former leader’s murder. She agrees to marry the chief of a rival coven, knowing it won’t be a love match. But she abandoned the idea of a soul-deep bond long ago. Especially one with the rough, former mercenary warrior who shows up and claims she belongs to him.

Even from behind bars, the longer Scorpio stays, the more he unsettles Tessa and she questions all she thought she knew. Choosing him will put everyone she cares for at risk. He’s nothing like she expected, and the last thing she could dare to want.

Scorpio spent years as a mercenary slave to a really bad guy but he only did it to keep his family safe. One of the many people he was sent to kill ended up being a powerful Mage that had kept his village safe from others who wanted the village and powerful land for their own. With their Mage protector gone, the coven of witches had to move, their land was taken over and they had spend many years on hard times and they blamed Scorpio because he had killed the Mage who had been protecting them. Now Scorpio is a Lash Watcher and uses his many skills to help the Lash Demons on their missions, he has changed but that means nothing to the village of witches that he somehow finds himself a prisoner in when a mission goes wrong.

Tessa is a powerful witch who is good with metals. She along with the other people in the village want Scorpio to be punished for what he did. She has agreed to forge an alliance with a rival coven by marrying the chief even though he's the one who took their land. But everything changes when Scorpio meets Tessa for the first time and realizes that she is his mate. Even though she wants nothing to do with him, she can't help but feel a strange pull in his direction whether she wants to or not.

There were a few surprises along the way in this story, one of the biggest twists was the fact that there's a spy playing both sides and leaking information to the enemy. But things always have a way of working themselves out and I really enjoyed every aspect of this story.

This author is able to write stories that have bloody fight scenes, sad background stories of parents being murdered and children under the constant threat of violence but somehow is able to make me laugh in the middle of the story because the characters are so likable and you want the romance to work out.

The secondary characters are all very memorable and likable and I hope to see more of them in future books. The author created an interesting world and set of characters that are likable, sexy and fierce.

Review: Tainted Kiss (Watcher's Kiss #1)

I give this book 5 sheep.

Mary Kirkland
Dark Thoughts Blog

About the Author:
Sharon Kay was bitten early by the writing bug. At age twelve she wrote a short story, about a magic ring, that won a statewide contest. With her nose always in a book, she read the most novels for her age group in her local library’s summer reading program.

In her teens, writing took a back seat to fashion, as she was determined to find clothes different from what everyone else bought at the mall. And what she couldn’t find, she created. She learned to sew, worked in a fabric store after school, and spent her spare time with a needle in hand. Her black and orange prom dress is still one of her favorite creations.

She majored in apparel design in college, spending her summers working in costume shops and bridal boutiques. She worked for ten years in the Chicago garment industry, then switched her focus to apparel production logistics before becoming a stay at home mom.

Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write again. But Wicked Wind and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.


  1. I love bloody fight scenes and vintage PNR... Like this. Fab review Mary!

  2. Always good when one can shift gears and throw in a little humor too.

  3. Oh, that situation does sound good. Strong action and humor and good secondary characters make this one appeal to me.

    1. It was really good, hope you like it is you get a chance to read it too.