A Reluctant Assassin or a reluctant bride? Review + Giveaway

What will Kayden's choice be? An assassin or a bride - or both? What would your's be?

Title:  A Reluctant Assassin - Order of the Moonstone, Book 1
Author: JC Morrows
Publisher: S&G Publishing
Release Date: September 24, 2015



Her mission was simple — get close to the Prince, and kill him. . . 

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait — for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife . . . but due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law — he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

And the one woman he wants — just might be the one who is there to kill him...



Are you a fan of dystopian novels? A make-belief society with a strong hero or heroine to get you all riled up to root for? How about someone like Katniss from The Hunger Games that you don't really like but you can't help but love? Well, Ms. Morrows gave us quite a character in Kayden of A Reluctant Assassin. She's there to kill the prince, but can it be true that she actually likes the prince and even love?  Well, that's a question you'll have to read to find out. 

In all, I enjoyed this book, not because of the action, which really wasn't much, but for all the questions in my mind. How did she become a princess overnight or how did she get into the castle in the first place, what is going on with the Prince, Dvarius and these "advisers", and what is this organization she's part of, and so on and so forth.  You'll get some answers, but not all at the end of this book, which is Book 1 of The Order of the Moonstone series.  Kayden's a character that is sarcastic at times, feisty other times, and vulnerable on the rare moments her true nature takes over, but she is a character you'll want to see her to make a choice and to see what becomes of that choice.  I really like the Prince. His faith, his goodness in wanting to protect his people and his country, makes him a hero to like. 

As I said before, this is not a book full of action scenes and major adventure. It kind of remind me of The Selection series mixed with the Matched series, which ultimately is a young adult romance series. The romance is the driving force and that is the case with A Reluctant Assassin. The cover seems dark, and at moments you do sense the feeling of darkness surrounding this story with all the mystery that's behind it, but I foresee light that will shine through, which is one reason I like this story. I'm reminded of  God's light shining through and for a young adult fantasy genre, seeing a faith and inspirational message was welcoming. Once you start this book, you'll want to continue on, especially with a cliffhanger ending. Despite the cliffhanger (which I normally do not like in books), I would like to see more, to the end of the journey of Dvarius, Kayden and Auralius as a country.

Want to know more behind the mastermind of A Reluctant Assassin? Don't miss the interview with author, JC Morrows later today at 2:00 PM EDT.  Link HERE (live at 2:00 PM EDT).

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Singing Librarian Books Blog Tour for an honest review. 

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JC Morrows - Bestselling author of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader - is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn't stop.

She finished her first speculative fiction novel purely for the enjoyment of her mother - also known as her biggest fan.

She gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!

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A Perilous Assignment - Order of the Moonstone Short Story Prequel

The Order of the Moonstone is not just another shadowy underground resistance operation.

They have a much more sinister purpose.

Kayden is about to find out just how sinister.

Go back to the very beginning with us... see how Kayden was chosen for her most important and most dangerous assignment yet.

A Cunning Masquerade - Order of the Moonstone Book 1.5

When a reluctant assassin returns to the palace and receives a less than warm welcome, she is certain her opportunity has passed to fulfill her mission.
Or has it . . . ?

When a young prince makes the decision to ignore a certain young lady with red hair and a fiery temper to match, will he seal his fate?

Or will a moonlit ball, and a special dress bring the two of them together again - with life . . . not death . . . in mind?

A Treacherous Decision - Order of the Moonstone Book 2

Kayden’s mission should have been simple — she was sent to kill the prince . . . not to fall in love with him.

Within the palace walls, Kayden has discovered that things are not as she expected. Is there more to the royal family, or . . . is there a more sinister depth to Drey’s mission?

Dvarius thought his mind was made up — but will he have the resolve to see it through?

Between attacks from outside the palace — and within, will the Prince live long enough to choose his Queen?

And will Kayden choose to follow her head . . . or her heart — knowing that her decision could very well make her a target as well!

Watch for A Treacherous Decision tour hosted by Singing Librarian Books, coming January 2015



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  1. Thanks for featuring JC Morrows! Great review and interview

  2. Thanks "Anonymous", Marilyn and Caryl! Glad you liked it! Sorry for the late response. I've been trying to figure out how to reply within your comments. As you can see, still not working. O wells. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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