Monday, October 8, 2012

Assassin Mine

Title:  Assassin Mine
Author:  Cynthia Sax
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN/BIN: 9781419941856
Genre:  {M/F} Futuristic, Sci-Fi
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Darius is a Balazoid, which means he’s a cold-blooded killing machine.  Strict principles of behavior control his every move, in spite of the fact that a screeching human female is now monopolizing his thoughts.  He’s broken.  That has to be the reason he wants to keep her, even though it’s forbidden.  Darius is determined to pass this test of temptation and fix himself.  All he needs is to have her just once and things will return to normal for Darius.  No more wanting things that can never be or feeling things he shouldn’t. 

While searching for her brother, Sabrina encounters a condescending ass who makes her blood boil in more ways than one.  Darius seems to actually believe the garbage he recites about the purpose of women.  Sabrina isn’t one to ignore a challenge so she takes matters into her hands.  Pleasure is something Darius hasn’t experienced until now, so Sabrina decides to show him what he’s missing.

Darius struggles with his newly acquired feelings for Sabrina.   All this time he’s been told that females are only for sexual release.  Sex is not for pleasure, it is only a necessity.   Because of who he is, Darius can never have companionship.  Sabrina refuses to accept Darius’ coldness and detachment quietly, no matter how much he tries convincing her things will continue as they are.

One moment I was upset with Darius and the next I was upset for him.  I didn’t always pick up on the fact that he was doing his best to protect Sabrina at the time.  I knew he was struggling with his own issues, but I had to consider Sabrina first.  There is a scene with a breeding chair that showed me the depth of her strength.  I think that was the final crack in the wall that Darius erected and I was glad to see it crumble.  That moment made me a Darius fan.

Assassin Mine is the first installment of the Operation Erotic series that I’ve read and I was very entertained.  Cynthia Sax has a great skill in creating males with ingrained beliefs that always evoke a strong feeling from the reader.  This story is a mesmerizing example of this.  The more the male character fights the inevitable and the more his internal struggle increases, the more I just eat it up like candy.  Darius and Sabrina need each other in very different ways and I have no doubt that readers will get a thrill from reading about the sizzling way they meet on common ground.

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