Friday, January 1, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Prime Target by Marquita Valentine

Prime Target 
(Target #1)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: Decemeber 29, 2015

Meet Roman Smith: Shopkeeper by Day. Assassin by Night.

The undercover Russian contract killer has never turned down an assignment that rids the world of scum... until his latest job targets an innocent man. Refusing is not an option, because of Everly Andrews, the sexy southern belle who saved him from dying. She's completely unaware of his double life, but has been marked as next on the kill list should he fail. Only, what The Bratva doesn't know—there’s nothing Roman won’t do to keep Everly safe. Drugged and deposited in a hotel in Prague, Roman must be on guard at all times in order to protect Everly, but the countdown has begun, and it won't stop until his next target, or Everly, is terminated. Can Roman protect Everly until he can eliminate the threat to her life?

**Formerly The Request Series. Prime Target includes all three books from The Request Series.

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(4 stars)

A Russian assassin named Nikolai? This just reminds me of the other Nikolai I grow very fond of in Last Hit. Now that I finish this book I had a hard time deciding which Nikolai I like better. I think I'm leaning towards Marquita Valentine's Nikolai aka Roman Smith.

Roman Smith aka Nikolai Romanov, bookseller by day and assassin by night. Although he is 28 yr, he feels much more mature and worldly to me, due to his upbringing and occupation. As what the heroine called him 'My stuffy, starchy bookseller'. I just like this type of grumpy old man attitude.

Roman met Everly when she came upon his bookshop and start placing her order for romance novels every week. Although his bookshop is just a front, he decided to engage with her in order to be able to see her every week. Everly was giving all sorts of hint that she like him, but Roman is too wary about his true identity to accept her flirtation. Things between them are in status quo until the day Everly found him being shot in his shop.

The incident then led to Roman having to whisk Everly away with him to Russia where we get to met with some of Roman's family and we get a serious dose of family politics happening between his grandfather and father. 

This book was told almost entirely in Roman's POV with only two chapters with Everly 's. In the beginning, I was feeling disconnected due to lack of the in depth introduction to the characters. I'm used to author giving me the whole history of the character from the place of birth, their best friend to their favorite food. But here, I don't even get to know about Everly's job until the end of the book. In fact, I don't know much about Everly at all. 

But I seriously adore this heroine, who is naive, but courageous. I keep waiting to see her reaction when she found out that the bookseller she is in love with is actually a Bratva assassin. I think the author did Everly's character justice and make her really likable to me. I had a strong phobia towards those holier than thou and stubborn heroine. So the fact that she was able to accept Roman for who he is and stand by his side despite all the danger and uncertainties, I'm granting her some extra brownie points. She also make me laugh at the most inappropriate moment. Whenever I think back of her saying 'I'm packing heat', I just can't keep a straight face.

As for Romance, we did'n't know much about his childhood, but he is an assassin with a conscience. When his latest assignment is to kill someone innocent, he is having a hard time following through, which lead to all sort of problem down the road. His priority had shifted now with Everly by his side and he will do anything to ensure her safety.

Beside the romance part, which I love. I also like the introduction of Ben's character. He is Roman's cousin who instill much humor in the story with his appearance. He and Everly tends to make fun of Roman's grumpiness and make Roman feels like an old man. 

The only part I'm having a problem with is the whole grandfather's angle. His action gave me the shock factor, but I don't understand the motive or overall what the heck is happening at all.

Anyway, Roman, Everly and Ben are enough for me to enjoy this book very much. The story is very plot driven, and when I reached half way mark, I just couldn't put it down until I finish. When I read the last chapter, I'm still feeling a little reserved about the resolution. But the epilogue was spot on. I like the direction that Roman's headed in the end and I can't wait for the trio to have more adventures ahead. Please let there be a book for Ben, as well.

"Roman, you have always been the hero of our story."

Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has sold over a quarter of a million books around the world. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).

When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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