Flora Reviews… Marked by an Assassin (Eternal Mates #8) by Felicity Heaton

Marked by an Assassin (Eternal Mates Series #8)
Read: 4th – 8th November 2015
Format: Kindle
My Goodreads Rating:  5 Stars
 …So what’s this book about?
Marked by an Assassin is an emotional, passionate, action packed paranormal romance story. It is a full length novel (approx 88,000 words 263 pages) within Felicity Heaton’s Eternal Mates series. 
The official blurb says

A snow leopard shifter exiled from his pride twenty years ago, Harbin treads the dark path of life as an assassin, driven by a hunger for vengeance, mercilessly hunting the Archangel members who attacked his kin, murdering his mother and sister.

When a new contract comes in and the mark is a snow leopard shifter, he can’t resist venturing into the mortal world on a personal mission to find out why one from a normally peaceful species now has a price on their head. What he finds in a rundown nightclub isn’t quite what he expects–a beautiful snow leopard female that awakens a fierce hunger inside him.

Aya has spent seventeen years living in London, immersed in the underbelly of the fae world, keeping her head down and her tail out of trouble. But when trouble walks right into her life in the form of a sinfully handsome, dangerous assassin, she is pulled into a whirlwind of events that stir up the nightmares of her past but might just give her a shot at putting those ghosts to rest–if she can resist the dark allure of a male she knows is her fated mate.

Can Harbin and Aya resist the passionate fire that blazes between them as they chase the vengeance they both crave? Or will they surrender to their deepest desires?

 

Marked by an Assassin is the eighth book of the series but I do think that it can be read as a standalone story; you don’t need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one, however, it does feature characters and revisits situations already described in previous books.

 

…So, what did I like about it?

I am already a big fan of Ms Heaton’s Eternal Mates series and love her writing style! Her world building is amazing, that mix of fantasy and reality that captures your attention right from the word go.
I love the way she makes the most explicit sexual scenes very romantic – I think Ms Heaton’s a very talented writer.  For me, a story is only really erotic if I’m emotionally connected to the characters involved, Ms Heaton gives her characters such depth that they do become real, but it’s not just her main characters, I find all of her characters complex, multifaceted and completely believable due to their very real human virtues and foibles even though they’re mythical, paranormal beings. Oh, and I really enjoy the way she sneaks in cameos from her other Eternal Mates books, I won’t spoil the surprise here…
This story made me chuckle, gasp in shock and shed a tear or two. Of course, I got caught up with the passion (who wouldn’t *blush*) but the tender insights into both Harbin and Aya’s doubts, their feelings of “mate-unworthiness”  and the growth of their trust in each other’s love was heart-warming to read.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Nope!  Not a thing *contented sigh*
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this paranormal romance tale. It was a great read that made me smile, cry and feel all warm & fuzzy inside with well written erotic thrills, heart pumping fight scenes and tons of romantic gestures. 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading compelling stories about betrayal, forgiveness, redemption and of course, soul saving love.  
So, have I sparked an interested for MARKED BY AN ASSASSIN in you? 
Just click on the links below and check out the book yourself.
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