Red Rose is an outstanding read

Lynn from Mantastic writes….

Reading a debut author is always a hit or miss. Some have it, some don’t. Well, I’m here to tell you, this is an outstanding read. I just couldn’t believe I was reading a debut novel, it was that good. I picked it up and just couldn’t put it down.

From the first sentence out of the main characters mouth, I knew he was going to be one of my favorite characters of all time. Alex Rose, is a snarky, sarcastic, judgmental smartass. I loved his inner dialogue, he made me laugh out loud several times. Now, from some of the reviews I’ve read, some people aren’t too fond of Alex’s sarcastic wit. Well, to each his own. I was fascinated by his character.

You can’t take life too seriously when you’re an assassin, and that’s exactly what he is; Alex Rose kills people for a living and he loves it. The imaginative way he comes up with taking out his targets is very clever. He makes some of them look like accidents, which makes the reader wonder how many “accidents” are truly just that, accidents. I loved how he thinks of his job as ordinary. Like there in nothing wrong with what he does. Did I mention he kills people for a living? That’s no ordinary job in my book.

The story is told through Alex’s POV, we are in his head the entire time. I never had a problem reading a book in the first person, and I don’t with this one either. I loved how we are inside Alex’s head seeing the world through his eyes and all the snarky commentary that goes along with it. Reading a story about an assassin you would think they’re going to be nothing but a badass. Not true with Alex, yes he’s an emotionless killer, but we do see a a softer side to his personality. I liked this character from page one, seeing this other side of him made me like him even more.

Now, I wouldn’t classify this as a romance, far from it. There is a hint of a love interest, Alex’s mentor, co worker and ex lover, Lance. For the little snippets the author gave us, I believe we’ll be seeing more of them in the future. At least I would like to see more of them.

So, the story is moving along smoothly, I’m getting a grasp on the direction I think it going and I’m loving every minute of it. Then it happens, that last line that makes your jaw drop and go OMG! Wow, what an ending. For those not liking a major cliffhanger, this one has a doozie. Maybe wait until the entire series is completed before reading, but don’t miss out.

This is a great read and I highly recommend it.

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