THE ASSASSIN'S MARK by Ella Sheridan: Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Assassin's Mark
Author: Ella Sheridan
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Assassins #2


I knew the minute I saw him that Levi Agozi was too perfect to be real. I didn't care. He came to me, asked for me, and, dazzled by his dark good looks and the bad-boy aura surrounding him, I gave in. Willingly.

My father is set to become the next governor of Georgia, and he'll use me to get there if he has to. He'll hand me over, virginity and all, to the man with the biggest bank account and political pull.

I wanted something more.

I wanted Levi. And I had him—until I woke up, disoriented and confused, at his mercy. He’s a bad boy, all right. A sexy, deadly assassin. And I'm the pawn torn between him and my father, two powerful men intent on destroying each other.

I might not understand their war, but I do understand one thing: no matter who wins, I lose.

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“Get your ass outside right this minute, Abigail, and wait for Charlie to arrive. I won’t have you shaming this family.”

I was bringing shame to our family? Me? My father expected me to marry for his convenience, for the good of his political career, but I was the shameful one? I squeezed down on the cell, the sound of plastic creaking in protest satisfying something inside me that ached to burst free. Too bad I wasn’t strong enough to pulverize the damn thing.

And yet, a large part of me believed him. Always had. After all, if I wasn’t shameful, he would love me, right?

No. Wrong. You’re not going to let that bastard poison you anymore, Abby.

I wasn’t the Hulk, able to crush a cell phone with a single twitch of my fingers, but I was strong enough to drop it into the trash can full of wet paper towels and walk out of the bathroom without looking back. In the hall, the sight of Levi leaning against the wall, obviously waiting, hands stuffed into his pockets, brought me to an abrupt stop. My mouth went dry. I’d spent my life trying to please a man, and look where that had gotten me.

I was already bringing shame to the Roslyn name; maybe I should embrace the role instead of letting my father’s words cut me to pieces.

I moved closer. One side of Levi’s mouth tilted up, and he wrapped those big hands around my hips the minute I came within reach. A gravelly rumble escaped him, sinking beneath my skin and sending shivers to the deepest part of my being. Heavy-lidded eyes devoured me, shouting a desire I found hard to believe, but it was there nonetheless. Hunger. Pleasure. That look sent a surge of desperation so strong through me that I couldn’t speak if I’d wanted to.

It’s now or never, Abby.

I didn’t stop or slow. I moved into his space until my body was pressed firmly against his, lifted my chin, and met the lips that lowered to mine.


The Assassin’s Mark is an entertaining, fast-paced, dark romantic suspense.  Secrets are revealed and there are twists and turns that will keep you on your toes. This book is full of action, intrigue, and a whole lot of steam!  Seriously, my kindle was smoking from the heat level between alpha bad boy Levi and Abby. 

Can one fall in love with an assassin - a killer who believes he doesn’t feel emotions?  Absolutely!  Levi is a character that you cannot help but love.  He is out for revenge and he is using Abby to achieve it.  What he didn’t expect was to fall in love with her.  I love how he firmly believes that he doesn’t feel emotions, but his fierce love for his brothers and his protectiveness towards them and Abby says otherwise.  He had a difficult childhood that broke my heart and it is evident how it has shaped him. 

Abby is a likable character. She is used as a pawn in an intricate political play with her father and as Levi’s pawn for revenge yet she stands up for herself and fights. Her and Levi fit well together and have explosive chemistry.  This book is told entirely from Abby’s POV and I do wish that there were some chapters told from Levi’s.  I would have loved to see just what was going on in that mind of his.

Levi’s younger brothers, Remi and Eli make great secondary characters and I hope that they each get their own book.  Overall, I loved Assassin’s Mark as the plot is entertaining, the characters are well-developed and likable, and there is the perfect balance of intrigue, action, and steam.  There is no cliffhanger, but they will be featured in this author’s next book - Assassin’s Prey

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Author Bio

Ella Sheridan never fails to take her readers to the dark edges of love and back again. Strong heroines are her signature, and her heroes span the gamut from hot rock stars to alpha bodyguards and everywhere in between. Ella never pulls her punches, and her unique combination of raw emotion, hot sex, and action leave her readers panting for the next release.

Born and raised in the Deep South, Ella writes romantic suspense, erotic romance, and hot BDSM contemporaries. Start anywhere—every book may be read as a standalone, or begin with book one in any series and watch the ties between the characters grow.

★ Anything can happen in the shadows of a sultry Southern night. Explore the heat with the SOUTHERN NIGHTS romantic suspense series.
★ Secrets and sex abound in the SECRETS TO HIDE contemporary romance series.
★ Dark desires come to the fore in IF ONLY, a BDSM contemporary series.

“The perfect blend of suspense and romance.” – Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“Ms. Sheridan writes suspense that grabs you and won't let go.” – Tea and Book

“The perfect kind of naughty…with [characters] that have great chemistry.” – Alpha Book Club

“A great plot, likable characters, witty banter, and seductively wicked love scenes—the perfect recipe!” – Blogging by Liza

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