by Chanel Cleeton
January 19, 2016
An Assassins Novel
A sexy new thriller about love and revenge from the author of the Capital Confessions and International School series…
X lives by three rules: Show no weakness. Trust no one. Don’t get caught. She lives by the rules they gave her.
The Academy—set in London, shrouded in secrecy—it trains spies, computer experts, and assassins. Their mission? Dispensing justice and altering the course of world politics. Or so they think. In a world where secrets are weapons and some kills are impossible to forget, everything X thought she knew about her life is about to change.
They taught her to fight. To blend into the shadows like a ghost, to operate on the fringes of society, to change her identity with ease. They taught her to kill.
She’ll need every skill they taught her, to stay alive.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Chanel's Capital Confessions series was one of the best I read last year. I was intrigued when I read this synopsis because it was so different from that series. The last book had a little bit of action and intrigue and I really enjoyed that, so I was looking forward to reading Between Shadows.
My name is X. My favorite color is black. I’ve killed more men than I’d like to count.
Alright then. You have my attention.
X is an assassin. Along with her sister Grace, the two of them attend The Academy, a school that produces the best spies, computer experts, and assassins. While Grace is one of the computer experts, it is made clear from the very first chapter that you do not mess with X. She is the best of the best when it comes to being an assassin.
When Luke, someone from X's past, comes back and basically shatters every notion she has about The Academy, she is forced to go against everything she knows. Once her sister is sent to safety (which, for lack of a better phrase, is a little bit of side plot that I found to be quite interesting), the plan is set in motion. As they try to bring The Academy down secrets are revealed and painful memories are brought to the surface. There are even a couple surprise reveals (one had me saying "Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?) along the way. X has to figure out who she can trust and if Luke is one of those people.
In between all the ass kicking and spy stuff there is a sweet love story. To say that Luke and X's relationship is complicated, is a bit of an understatement. They had this wonderful tension that I would describe as sexual, but I also found myself wondering if one would turn on the other (I kept picturing Brad and Angelina in Mr. & Mrs. Smith).
“Why are you back?”
I stare into his eyes, waiting for his answer. Trying to solve the mystery that has always been Luke. I’m good at reading people, but I’ve never been able to read him. Maybe because he always mattered more than he should.
“I had unfinished business.”
“I’m better than I used to be.”
A slow smile spreads across his lips. It’s a dangerous smile, one that starts on his face, and yet strangely, I feel it through my body like a shock.
“I’ve always liked a challenge.” He leans down, his lips brushing against my ear, the whisper so low I strain to hear it.
He hovers there, too close for comfort, his scent filling my nostrils and my mind with memories. For a moment, he presses against me—it’s fleeting, but it’s enough—enough for me to feel the power beneath his clothes, his cock hard against my hip—enough to make me crave, my body swaying slightly as it moves into his embrace with an ease that terrifies me. Suddenly he pulls back, releasing me, turning from me without missing a beat. He walks away, his strides long, his gait carefree, leaving me standing there, wanting him, hating him, confused as hell.
It’s still early out; thankfully, we didn’t draw much of a crowd. The news that Luke is back will spread through the Academy like wildfire; he always did attract attention nearly as much as I avoided it. He’s dangerous, brash, bold. Everything I could never be. Not with Grace. He’s too much of a risk—for her, but mostly for me—
He wasn’t just my first kill. He was my first everything.
Like I said....it's complicated.
If you are a fan of Chanel's, then you should definitely read this book and I look forward to ready any subsequent books in the series. Especially if they involve Luke and X.
Praise for the novels of Chanel Cleeton:
"Sexy, funny, and heart-wrenching--this book has it all!" - Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author
"A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension and plenty of breathtaking scandal. I loved this book!"--Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author
"A sexy fighter pilot hero? Yes, please. For anyone who's ever had a Top Gun fantasy, Fly With Me is for you."--Roni Loren, New York Times bestselling author of Call On Me
"A sassy, steamy, and sometimes sweet read that had me racing to the next page."--Chelsea M. Cameron, New York Times bestselling author
"Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!"--New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris
"Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious."--USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King
"Fun, sexy, and kept me completely absorbed."--Katie McGarry, author of Nowhere But Here
Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.
Chanel writes contemporary romances, women’s fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.