Lysander didn’t know much about his father until one fateful night that changed everything he knew and believed about himself. Being tortured at the hands of a demonic Praetorian stripped away more than just his skin – it stole his hope of ever finding peace. Or love. As fate would have it, he’d only recently allowed himself to explore his feelings for Phae, experiencing unimaginable pleasure in her arms. Now, no matter what he did, he refuses to allow Phae anywhere near him as her touch cannot only bring him to his knees but reveal secrets that he must keep hidden.
Fearing she’d lost Lysander on a dangerous mission, she was elated to learn he lived and rushed to his side to heal his wounds. Badly hurt, she wanted nothing more than to absorb his pain and help him heal. Being the most powerful healer in the Order, it was her honor and her greatest passion to help the man she loved. But it wasn’t to be. Not only did Lysander refuse her healing powers, he wanted nothing more to do with her after he was healed. With a broken heart and an unquenchable thirst for a man who wants nothing to do with her, Phae focuses her energy on ruthlessly destroying the Praetorians that not only killed her mother but also forever changed the only man she’s ever loved.
Plagued by dreams of the past, both Lysander and Phae struggle with not only their feelings for each other but with emotions that are at the same time both familiar and foreign. With the Praetorians breathing down their necks, they race to find the Tyet of Isis, surviving one harrowing confrontation after another. Will they be able to overcome the challenges between them or is history destined to repeat itself in the most tragic of ways?
Wow. It takes a lot to get me to say that about a book but once again, wow. I’ve come to expect high quality from Monica Burns but Assassin’s Heart far exceeds any expectations that I had about the second book in the Order of the Sicari series. I laughed, I cried and I loved right along with Lysander and Phaedra. Lysander is one of the most tortured yet undeniably intriguing characters that I’ve ever met. Phae has a strong and beautiful grace that is a perfect compliment to Lysander’s battered mind and body. No two characters have ever belonged together like these two. Their interactions, feelings, thoughts and desires kept me reading late into the night, not allowing me any respite until I finished the very last page.
In addition to the romance between Lysander and Phae, there is a story told of two lovers in Ancient Rome. Ms. Burns, a talented and skilled researcher, brings Ancient Rome to life with such vivid imagery that the sights and smells practically leap off the page. Scene after scene, I was drawn into the emotions of the characters and found my emotions running the gamut as I’d vacillate from holding my breath in one scene to then crying aloud at another. Never before have I felt so invested in the happiness of two people.
Not only has Assassin’s Heart earned a spot on my Keeper Shelf, Lysander has stolen a piece of my heart as his story and the depth of his pain and suffering have made him the most cherished hero to bless the page in a very long time. I wouldn’t trust his heart to anyone other than Phae as she’s the epitome of healing for both his wounded mind and body. If I had to recommend one book for you to read, this would be it. Pick up a copy of Assassin’s Heart by Monica Burns. You definitely won’t regret it. Having said that, I’m off to read it again…