Title: Manipulating the Assassin
Series: A Twisted Tales Short Story
Author: Lauren Reign
Genre: Romantic Suspense
He’s the assassin hired to hunt her down.
A dangerous game of manipulation will twist their lives together.
Kimber Wellington skipped town with a USB drive that could collapse her family’s empire. After her sadistic step-brother, Marco, hostilely takes over the business from her father, he makes it his only priority to find Kimber and the information that could ruin him. Kimber has strategized how to stay out of Marco’s clutches, but she didn’t plan on the monster that finds her.
Rye Anderson is ruthless. He kills without regret, collects the paycheck and enjoys a solitary life. The last hassle he wants to deal with is tracking a socialite across the country, a job he accepts as a favor. Rye assumes that delivering the twenty-three-year-old college student will be a quick, easy payday. He soon realizes that his underestimation of Kimber could be a game changer.
WARNING: This is a sexually explicit, foul language filled non-traditional dark romantic suspense. It is not intended for sensitive readers or anyone under the age of 18.
3.5 Star Review by Ashley
Before picking up Manipulating the Assassin, I had NEVER heard of Lauren Reign! But I saw romantic suspense and knew I had to give it a shot. This is not the same old assassin ends up falling for his target. Oh no, this was one wild ride and the twists didn't stop coming.
Kimber finds herself literally in the fight for her freedom after her father is gunned down at the hands of her step-brother, Marco. She is quick and is able to give him the slip but she has something Marco wants so he enlists some help in getting it back. Enter Rye. Talk about tall, dark and dangerous.
Rye and Kimber butt heads at every turn. She challenges him and while it frustrates him, it also intrigues him. He can't deny his attraction to this fiery woman. When she turns the tables on him, all bets are off. I didn't see that little twist coming- at all! The rules have changed and a new plan is formed...
Overall, this short read was chocked full of sass and smarts. While I did find there to be a few small holes in the plot, the banter was sharp and made it easy to relate to and root for the characters (except Marco- he totally deserved what he got)!
Lauren Reign is a graduate of The University of Tampa. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, with her fiancé and their two rambunctious dogs. She is an avid reader, suffering from an obsession with all things romance. When she’s not engrossed in getting the characters in her head down on paper, she’s busy saving the world, one spray tan at a time.