ARC Review: The Accidental Assassin

Title: The Accidental Assassin
Author: Nichole Chase
Series: The Assassins #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: December 4th, 2014
My Rating: 3 Stars

  Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.

  Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a mission. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list.

  As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all of that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?

  Realizing how routine-based her life is, Ava McKenzie accepts her friend Tessa’s offer to house-sit for her in London and throws herself to the English lifestyle. That is, until she accidentally kills a man with her car and she gets thrown in with Owen Walker, one of the most renowned assassins in the world.
  After reading Nichole Chase’s Suddenly series, I had quite the expectation going into this one, and sadly, I was disappointed. The premise of this book had so much potential, but the book was not able to live up to it. It definitely was not what I expected, and I was disappointed.
  I hated how Ava didn’t seem human because she felt so little remorse after killing Mr. Song. Yes, she puked her guts out, but that was mostly it. Because of that, I was not able to empathize with the characters, and I felt detached to the book. I had a hard time going through it and I had to force myself to finish the book because it had no hold on me. It’s not that the book was boring – certainly not, because this book has quite the adventure! It was quite interesting, just not interesting enough to be able to hold my attention for a period of time. 
  I felt like this book fell flat because even though there were interesting parts, I just can’t help but feel like the story lacks some things. I feel like the story itself is just short, and it was just dragged on somehow to make it this long. 
  I’m so sad that I did not like this one because I really thought I would. That said, this still won’t stop me from reading Chase’s future works, just maybe not from this series, because it clearly is not for me.

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