Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 6/25/14
Hosted by: Wordsmith Publicity
Smith ~ Shopkeeper by day. Assassin by night.
The undercover Russian contract killer has never turned down an assignment that rids the world of scum. But this … request is the first time his conscience gets the best of him.
Only, he has a good reason—Everly Andrews, the woman who saved him from dying and has no clue who or what he really is. There’s nothing Roman won’t do to keep Everly in the dark, even if it means losing her in the process.
The Request is a three-part series, releasing every month, perfect for the summer!
Part One: The Request – Releases June 25, 2014
Part Two: The Deception – Releases July 30, 2014
Part Three: The Confession – Releases August 27, 2014
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From Chapter Two
Ivan is called The Skinner, because he takes great pleasure in skinning his victims while they’re alive. He loves the screams, the smell, the blood, and the clothes he can make.
Only one time in his presence, while my father forced me to watch Ivan perform, had been enough. My only consolation is that I was told the victim was a pedophile, but who knew if that were true or not.
“For that small mercy, I’ll make it quick.” He raises his gun, and I lunge forward, grab the packing razor and throw it at him. It embeds itself in the side of his face, the point sinking into his left eye.
He howls with pain. “Motherfucker.” He doesn’t bother to aim, just starts shooting, as I dive behind the counter. A bullet hits me in the thigh, searing pain ripping through me, and I see stars. Another hits my shoulder, rendering my arm useless.
I lay on my side, panting heavily, and trying to manage the pain as he strides to me. Petrov mutters a curse and kicks me in the ribs.
“I ought to gut you like the pig you are,” he says, pulling the razor from his face. He throws it at me, and it plunges in my hip.
“Fuck,” I growl. My leg throbs. If I don’t get help soon, I’ll bleed out. That is, unless Petrov decides to shoot me once in the heart and three times in the back of the head. It’s his signature. Then again, that might work against him.
“Do it,” I taunt. “Show the world who killed me.”
He shakes his head. “You can bleed. No one will come for you, or me.” Then he stalks out of my bookstore, leaving me lying on the floor.
I yank the razor from my thigh and yell out another curse. Damn Petrov’s family, my family, and the fucking Bratva.
Waves of darkness wash over me, and I pass out.
In what seems like seconds later, I wake up, gasping for air. I blame my comfortable life here for passing out. In the past, two gunshot wounds wouldn’t have stopped me, and Petrov would have never left my store on his own two legs.
The bells ring again. “Come to finish me off, you bastard?”
“Roman? Is that you?” a familiar voice asks. “I left my coat.”
“Everly,” I croak.
Suddenly, she’s by my side, her fingers on my face. At least I won’t die before knowing how soft her skin is, or how tenderly she strokes me.
“Oh my God. Who shot you?”
My Thoughts: I am a huge fan of Marquita Valentine and her Boys of the South Series is one of my favorites. When I found out about this new series she had coming out, I couldn't wait to read part 1. The Request is part one in a three-part series and is quite different from the other novels I've read by her, but in a delightfully different type of way. While contemporary in nature, it had that suspense/thriller feel to it also. Roman is an assassin for hire, but only assassinates scum bags. He lives his life undercover, keeping his identify secret, constantly having to watch his back. His lifestyle is one he has learned to live with, a loner, never having relationships because of the danger involved to all parties, but Everly Andrews challenges all his beliefs and rules. She has no idea who he really is, and he is determined to keep it that way, determined to keep her safe, while at the same time, he finds himself drawn to her, unable to stay away. A tragic event brings them even closer, but when they begin to get too close, it complicates things even further, forcing Roman to make choices and decisions he never thought he would have to, even if hearts are broken in the process.
I really enjoyed part one in this series. It is not a very long book, yet part one felt very satisfying to me, despite its short length, something I have felt lacking in other serial/novella type series. Reading it, I kept thinking Bond, James Bond....though this is nothing like a James Bond story, it just had that kind of feel to me. I guess you could say it is has more of a James Bond with a little bit of Jason Borne type of feel to it, while the story is completely unique in nature. The Request is romantic and suspenseful and Marquita Valentine has introduced me to a totally different side of her writing abilities that I very much enjoyed. I wil be anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series. If you are looking for something fresh and different, then you will want to check this out.
About the author
New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.
Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.
5- The Request, Part One (ebooks)