Review: Assassin’s Touch (Iron Portal #1) by Laurie London

October 5, 2013 Review 2

Review: Assassin’s Touch (Iron Portal #1) by Laurie London

Two worlds. Two enemies. 

Haunted by loss, Cascadian assassin Rickert D’Angelus is on a mission of vengeance. Determined to stop the Pacifican army from finding a portal to his world, he leads a group of warriors into New Seattle with one goal—to kill all Pacifican soldiers.

Neyla Trihorn had the perfect life until a deadly accident revealed her latent para-abilities. Now, the former fashion designer is the Pacifican army’s hottest commodity in their fight against the invaders.

When Rickert discovers a beautiful, unconscious soldier on a cold mountain ledge near the portal, he realizes she’s a Protection-Talent and cannot be killed. To prevent the army from using her skills again, he takes her as his prisoner instead.

One fated touch…

But when he pulls her into his arms, a sexy and compelling vision appears, awakening something inside him. Something he can’t ignore.

Torn between duty and passion, Rickert must decide if the vision is a Talent trick designed to foil the enemy or the answer to his deepest desires.

Title: Assassin's Touch
Author: Laurie London
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Rogue's Passion , October 31, 2016
Series: Iron Portal
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Rogue's Passion
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: November 1, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 150
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Stars: four-half-stars

What an amazing start to a series! I love how unique this world London has created is.  I was swept away from the first chapter into an exciting story with two rival worlds battling each other daily.  I can’t give much else away without giving spoilers but I loved it.  I never quite knew what was going to happen next and it made for a very exciting read.

Rickert and Neyla were a great couple.  From their first meeting they throw sparks off each other but they fight the attraction since they are enemies.  I liked how Neyla and Rickert weren’t so close minded that they didn’t listen to each other when they spoke about their worlds.  The each have misconceptions about the others race but they don’t let it rule them.  Rickert also showed this when he stands up for Neyla when many would have believed the worst.

Most of the book takes place on Rickert’s side of the portal but I would have liked to have more time where they were in the society of others.  A bit is touched on about how demonstrative the men are with their women to the point that they don’t mind an audience but we don’t get a lot of details other than that.  There was a lot of information about each side told in a relatively short time so we don’t get a lot of what I would call ‘just for fun’ moments.  There is a specific scene at a dinner table that was very amusing and I would have liked more like that. There also isn’t a lot of time spent with Rickert and Neyla when they become an official couple.  I know this was just a novella to start the series and the way its left I am pretty sure that they will be in the following books but I would have liked to spend just a bit more time with them once things settled down.

As I mentioned I can’t give much away without spoiling it but the twists in the plot were not what I was expecting, in a good way.  I loved how the story flowed and the characters circled each other.  This is my first book by London but I will definitely look for more by her.  The writing was great.  I can’t wait to read more in this series!

Laurie London

2 Responses to “Review: Assassin’s Touch (Iron Portal #1) by Laurie London”

  1. Lori H

    I’ve been wanting to get this book. I liked her other series as well. Thanks for the review. I’ll be adding it to my TBR shelf.