Assassin's Heart

Assassin's Heart

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by Monica Burns
     
 

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The past and present collide in a thrilling new paranormal romance from the author of Assassin's Honor.

The half-angel, half-demon face that telepathic Lysander sees in the mirror is a reminder of the monster he must keep hidden to avoid expulsion from an order of

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Read Monica Burns's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

The past and present collide in a thrilling new paranormal romance from the author of Assassin's Honor.

The half-angel, half-demon face that telepathic Lysander sees in the mirror is a reminder of the monster he must keep hidden to avoid expulsion from an order of assassins. His dreams of ancient Rome hint at a destiny with a woman he loves, but can never have.

When the gifted healer Phaedra travels to Rome in search of a legendary artifact, she works alongside a man who once rejected her love and healing touch. But her dreams of Ancient Rome tell of an irreversible and possibly dangerous future. For the distant past and present are about to collide-with the one man she is destined to love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425236529
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Series:
A Novel of the Order Series, #2
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.21(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

An award-winning author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

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Assassin's Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
ArizonaBoo18 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series and like others I had an advanced copy. I really loved the first book, but this one was amazing! You don't have to read Assassin's Honor to understand Assasin's Heart, but you will want to. Assassin's Heart is almost impossible to put down. It is a roller coaster of emotion and danger. Monica Burns writes incredible stories with incredible characters and the sex isn't bad either. :) Buy it, you will LOVE it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
One year ago the Praetorian Guard captured Sicari assassin Lysander. They tortured him, but that is not what disturbed him the most about his captivity. He learned to his horror that he is half Praetorian; every time he looks in a mirror he sees the monster he is and hides from his peers. After escaping, feeling less then worthy by not being a purebred Sicari, Lysander ended his promising relationship with healer Phaedra DeLuca. He has successfully avoided her until now. Lysander and Phaedra travel to Rome together to search for the ancient artifact, the Tyet of Isis. The pair shares a dream about an ancient Rome couple Maximus and Cassiopeia whose lives ended tragically. As they struggle with their attraction and the strange nightmare, a Praetorian, aware of Phaedra's skills, plans to snatch her. The second Order of Sicari romantic urban fantasy (see Assassin's Honor) is an exhilarating second chance at love suspense thriller. The keys to this fine tale are the fully developed lead characters, the Burns world that enhance the growing feelings that the heroes are in deep trouble and the dreams of the Ancient Rome star-crossed lovers. Assassin's heart is terrific mostly because of Lysander who psychologically feels unworthy of Phaedra as he fights against half his nature and, his love for his companion who desperately wants to heal him though he says no. Monica Burns provides a fabulous fantasy. Harriet Klausner
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Assassin's Heart is a fantastic story in the new Order of the Sicari series. Monica's characters are sensual, honorable, protective, and stubborn. I'm impressed with the depth of Assassin's Heart and Monica makes you "feel" the love as it's developing between the characters. Interactions are intense and can be extremely emotional, often sensual. This one is a real page turner and I couldn't put it down. I really liked Assassin's Honor (first in the Order of the Sicari series) and as good as that was, this one was even better! I highly recommend Assassin's Heart! It's romantic and sensual and I feel confident you'll love it too! Don't miss it!
Shawnao-Of-The-Dead More than 1 year ago
So to start Monica Burns has sent me advance reads of this series so I have a bit of a jump on reading it. I loved the Assassin's Honor and I LOVE Assassin's Heart even more. I can say that I liked the story of Lysander and Phaedra a bit better then Ares and Emma. I'm not saying the 1st book was bad because it was really good. The back story of Cloe and who her father really is was a little hint of what might come in the next book and I would love to hear more about how they come to terms with the lies. This series is getting better and better and I can't wait to read the next one. One a side note Assassin's Honor was the first Monica Burns book that I've read and she has now been added to my list of favorite authors. Pick it up, you will not be let down.
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it was a nice read. It had my attention from the beggining.
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dhaupt More than 1 year ago
The night over a year ago when Lysander's world came crashing around his ears has left him more than just disfigured, it left him longing for a woman he still loves and vows he can never have, a way of life he still honors and a way to exterminate even more a Praetorian enemy who threatens his "Assassin's Heart". Phaedra witnessed the murder of her parents when she was just a child and she'll never forget the voice of the monster who committed it, now she's all grown up in love with a man who threw that love back in her face after the night he almost died. Lysander and Phaedra are sharing a dream of ancient Rome and possibly a past life where they were a couple, they'll need to uncover the reason for these dreams or die again trying. Ms. Burns second in her Sicari series is more intense and a more sensual love story then the first one, perhaps it's because it's my favorite kind of romance, that of second chances but whatever the reason you'll find one heck of a plot between the pages of this novel, you'll also find a dialogue that will transport you to the different locales of the story through her impressive vivid depictions. Her hero and heroine in this read are larger than life as they both lead two lives one past and one present and as I said above the romance is that of second chances and is presented to her audience with turmoil and unbelievable obstacles that makes their HEA that much more deserving. The love scenes are earthy, sensual and graphic so make sure you've got your personal fan waver to ward off the excessive heat along with a tall glass of something cool to quench your thirst. If you haven't yet immersed yourself in the secret Sicari society let Assassin's Heart be your first as it does very well as a stand a lone, but why diminish your joy also get Assassin's Honor to go to the beginning and not miss a beat or the swish of a sword.
JillLOswalt More than 1 year ago
Monica Burns has hit a home run with Assasin's Heart! It is an emotionally charged, fast-paced love story that is also chalked full of adventure. The turmoil of Lysander, the main character, is a griping tale that pulls your heart strings. The twists and turns throughout the story leave the reader hanging on the edge of you seat in anticipation for the next scenerio. It's a fabulous story worth reading. I recommend reading Assasin's Honor first, just to get familiarized with the main characters. Assasin's Honor is another great story - definitely worth reading!
Cid More than 1 year ago
Can we just take a moment to collectively appreciate the cover? I got this book as an advanced read, and I really intended to read it over at least two days - I really did! But then I started and I just couldn't stop. If you liked Assassin's Honor, you'll love Assassin's Heart. The Setting -- deviates from the Chicago and New England setting of the previous book. Assassin's Heart picks up with the search for the Tyet of Isis which began in earnest in Assassin's Honor. The setting is in the heart of Rome, visiting many historical landmarks and brushing history its self. Because of the peculiar nature of the main set of characters in Assassin's Heart several pieces of the story take place in the past, like in the days of the ancient Roman Empire past. The world of the Sicari is vivid and rich with history that makes you want to believe in it. The Characters -- are, once again, phenomenal. Lysander piqued my curiosity in the first book and I was really excited when I learned that the second book featured him. The characters in Assassin's Heart have a lot to overcome; brutal deaths, torture, inner demons and past pain. I liked how both of the characters experienced uncomfortable growth. Not only did they have to face some things they really would have preferred to never deal with, but they had to get over themselves and learn how to apologize and trust and work together. I'm probably completely biased too, because I liked Ares, but loved Lysander. I couldn't help but feel for him. The Plot -- picks up the search from the first book. The Assassin's books really should be read in order because of the over arcing plot that spans the books. There is at play the constant struggle between Sicari and Praetorians. And then there are the stories of Lysander and Phe, and Atia and the Sicari Lord, long lost missing children, and secret loves! I like my romance books with plot and this one delivers a punch and jab! You cheer on the romance and bite your nails during the action. There's this really awesome fight scene towards the end that I reread to get a really good minds-eye-view of what was going on; part of me wants a movie based on these books - because they're that exciting, and movies these days just can't hold a candle to some of the books I read. Thank you Monica Burns. Can we fast forward to the release of the third book? I can't wait to hear Cleo on paper again.
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