Anne Stuart is one of my FAVES (seriously, check out my other reviews for her books), so nobody is more disappointed than me to give this book a bad review. I was interested in the prologue and then it got really boring, with the heroine being all, "I WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO MY DAD," and the hero being all, "BABY YOU DON'T WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR DAD. YOU AREN'T READY."
In many ways, this almost feels like a prototype of the Ice series, what with the ex-hired assassin hero and the simpering nitwit heroine who falls for him anyway. He's also a friend of her dad, and is in his 40s, I believe, whereas the heroine is fairly young, so it has a huge age gap. Which I'm not always into and didn't especially work here.
I have two ways of rating DNFs. 1 star if I think it's stupid and wouldn't have finished it anyway, and 2 stars if I think I probably could have finished it and just didn't want to waste my time. Lest you be of the "if you didn't finish it, you don't get to rate it" school of reviewing, let me be the first to tell you to go back to school and pursue a secondary degree in "I don't give a horse's oats."
I may come back to this someday but I really don't feel like it right now. If I do end up reading it, I'll post an update to my review along with the new rating.
1.5 to 2 out of 5 stars