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Series: The Request #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 6/25/14
Release Date: 6/25/14
Hosted by: Wordsmith Publicity
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. 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
The Deception: iTunes | The Confession: iTunes
“Hurting you is the last thing I want to do. I might as well cut off my hand or cut out my heart... you are undeserving of such pain.” My façade is fading. The rhythm of my speech falling into a more familiar cadence.
Everly’s hand wraps around my wrist, gently tugging. I allow her to pull my hand away. I close my eyes and lift away from her slightly. She lets go of me, but doesn’t move from her spot.
Cool air brushes my chest and I open my eyes, glancing down to see her small hands working on the buttons of my shirt.
“What are you doing?” I ask, though I know the answer. Or at least, I think I know the answer.
“Getting you out of these wet clothes.”
“My jacket is in the way.”
“Then take it off.” She leans forward, pressing a kiss to my chest, and I cup the back of her head.
“Stop pushing me away.” She grazes her teeth over a nipple, and I bite back a curse.
“You didn’t let me finish,” I say, hooking a finger under her chin and forcing her gaze to mine. “Don’t. Stop.”
“My sweater’s still wet, too.” Then she goes back to pressing tiny kisses on my chest. I dig my fingers into her dark hair, taking out the pins holding it in place. Silky curls fall down and around her, like a curtain. I can’t see what she’s doing but bloody fucking hell, I can feel it.
I can feel her.
The hairpins fall to the floor, nearly silent plinks. I shrug out of my jacket, carefully concealing my gun in it as I ball the material up and toss it beside me. My fingers find the hem of her sweater and slowly edge it up. I’ve been waiting for this moment and want to take my time.
Rare book dealer & bookstore keeper during the day, assassin by night.
Roman is a contracted killer. He may only kill those who inflict cruelness and inhumanity on others, but that doesn't make him any less of a killer, a monster. The only bright spot in his life is Everly.
Everly, a website builder who one day stumbled into his dark, dank bookstore and into his equally dark, dank life has no idea who Roman really is and he needs to keep it that way.
When Everly saves Romans life and realizes she wants more from him, how far will Roman go to protect who he is and to keep Everly safe?
The Request (Part 1) is an edge of your seat, give me more, page turner. The writing is easy and although I don't read much from the male POV, I thoroughly enjoyed The Request. Although a killer, I truly enjoyed Roman character and mystique and I am hoping we get to find out more about his background and what made him into the person he is today in parts 2 & 3.
Everly, naive and sweet, is the complete opposite of Roman in every single way and yet the pairing works for them. As dark as Roman can be, he has a soft spot for her and she's a bright gem in his life. Whereas Everly in her own way knows that he can be hard with his words at times but is still attracted to all of him and wants to protect him in her own way.
The plot is fantastic, the characters are wonderful and the writing is great. I cannot wait to read parts 2 & 3 and find out what's next.
The Request (Part 1) definitely earns itself a 5 star worthy position!
5- The Request, Part One (ebooks)
About Marquita Valentine
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.