Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kinsmen #1
Source: Personal shelf
Old hatreds die hard. Old love dies harder.
On Meli Galdes’ home planet, the struggle for power is a bloody, full-contact sport—in business and on the battlefield. For years her lethal skills have been a valuable asset in advancing her family’s interests. She’s more than earned her right to retire, but her kinsmen have one last favor to ask.
Kill the man who ruined her life.
Celino Carvanna’s razor-sharp business acumen—and skills with a blade—won him the freedom to do as he pleases. There’s only one thing he can’t seem to control—his reaction to the mysterious woman who tantalizes his senses. Her eyes alone set his blood simmering, stirring ridiculous adolescent fantasies about breasts and honey. With a few words she dissects his soul. Who is she? And how does she slide so easily under his well-guarded skin?
It’s almost too easy to draw Celino within the kill zone. Meli plans to revel in him. Drink him in. Wring every drop of pleasure out of every moment.
And when she’s sure he belongs to her, she will finally repay a decade’s worth of pain—in a single, brutal dose of reality.
Warning: Contains a heroine who excels in moving targets, a hero who can’t get into her pants fast enough, and implant-enhanced sex (no, not that kind of implant…).
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As you all know, my love of Ilona Andrews is great. They can do no wrong in my eyes since everything they produce is amazing. I’m pleased to report that Silent Blade met all of my expectations and more!
Silent Blade is very different from the Kate Daniels and The Edge books. It’s sci-fi romance and it’s a novella. And while I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, something my friend House is trying to change, I love sci-fi movies and shows so I was very excited to see what Ilona Andrews would come up with. The world of the Kinsmen series is really cool. It’s a world where family connections are everything. Silent Blade is set in a city called New Delphi, which is divided between about 20 families, including Meli’s and Celino’s. Of course, Celino’s family is incredibly powerful while Meli’s is struggling to stay afloat. Meli has no direct dealings with the family, though, since she volunteered to be excised, or dropped from the family, so that she could work for them without her actions being associated with them, which is handy since she’s an assassin who does their dirty work.
With only 35,000 words, Silver Shark does a remarkable job of building characters and worlds. I had an immediate sense of who Meli was, what motivated her, and how she was shaped by her past with Celino. Celino is a little more mysterious at the start, since we get most of our information from Meli’s perspective though some aspects of his personality are consistent throughout the story. They were both great lead characters, with strong personalities and a steamy relationship.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Silent Blade — so much so that I’ve already downloaded Silver Shark, the next novella in the Kinsmen series. Can’t wait to read it!
If you love Ilona Andrews but aren’t too sure about sci fi, and if you have a Barnes & Noble account, you can get a free sample to see if Silent Blade suits your fancy.