"I can't put this book down"

Meli Galdes possesses a powerful skill and is trained to use that skill to kill anyone who went up against the Galdes family. For twelve years, she serves them as a secret assassin to ensure that the family survives the cutthroat competition. Now, her father makes another request of her--to kill the man who was destroying the Galdes business, the same man who had hurt her ages ago.

Celino Carvanna is a cold, ruthless businessman, but one look at Meli and he was enraptured. He couldn't forget this mysterious woman who has captured all his senses, and he couldn't stay away from her.

Which is just what Meli has planned.

I've heard of Ilona Andrews and how others had raved about her books. I can now understand what they're talking about, because I became part of the fan club after reading Silent Blade. This is the first story of Ms. Andrews that I've read and it won't be the last.

Ms. Andrews writes tight, compact sentences that threw a punch. No word was wasted, yet the words that were written evoked a whole host of emotions. I am not ashamed to say that I had tears in my eyes when I read the last ten pages.

Meli is a strong, capable woman who has overcome a lot of difficulties, and I can't help but root for her at the woman she's become. I also feel for her when her past is revealed, and I can't help but feel for Celino when he finally realized certain things toward the end. His declaration of love for Meli is one of the most romantic (yet realistic) I've ever read, and I know I'll visit this book again and again just to read that passage.

Reviewed by Silver Winters
Posted June 8, 2009



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.

Genre: Romantic SciFi-Futuristic
Length: Short Story

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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Silent Blade
by Ilona Andrews

Samhain Publishing
June 1, 2009
Available: June 2, 2009
ISBN #1605045748
EAN #9781605045740
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