Saturday, 9 January 2016

Red Hourglass (Hourglass #1) by Scarlet Risque

Red Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A romance thriller.

A POWERFUL, MYSTERIOUS woman finds a homeless girl in a New York subway and adopts her. Janet swears loyalty to the White family and they train her at their Academy as a secret agent. Before long, her transformation into the Red Hourglass—an assassin—is complete. She is ready to start her missions in service of the White Queen.

In order to learn the whereabouts of her real mother from the White Queen, the Red Hourglass must stop the planned expansion of Wilmar Enterprises. She goes undercover to infiltrate Wilmar, and she is hired as the executive secretary to the Chief of Security, Conan Casey.

Janet works diligently to uncover all Wilmar’s secrets. She soon learns that Conan Casey, her target, is heir to the billion dollar Wilmar organization. She falls prey to his dark seductions and twisted secrets … and they leave her gasping for more.

She unwittingly bets her stakes on a dangerous game of love. Where do her loyalties lie? Will she betray Conan for the White Queen, or fall in love with him and give up all hope of finding her real mother? And will they get out alive?

The first in the Hourglass series - a dark coming of age thriller romance novel about finding one's identity with dominance and submission romance scenes against the backdrop of capitalism, undercover agents, poker and tango with an infusion of eastern and western philosophy.

A sequel will be released every Halloween.

Red Hourglass by Scarlet Risque

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

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Red Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) "We only serve the White Queen."

This was an adult story about a girl who was trained to be an assassin.

Scarlet didn’t have it easy in this book, being abused by her step-father, having to run from the police, and then living rough in New York were all awful situations for her to be in, and it was understandable the way she clung to The White Queen when she was offered an alternative to living on the streets.

The storyline in this was about Scarlet as she was sent on an important mission, with some romance as she fell for the man she was supposed to be ruining (which was a little predictable!). I also found the pace to be a little slow for me, and this book ended up feeling quite long.

The ending to this was okay, although something happened right at the very last line to leave us with a bit of a cliff-hanger.

6.5 out of 10

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