Guest Reviewed by Trish
Title: Red Rose (Blood)
Author: Michael Kudo
Series: The Deadly Rose #1
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 169 Pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: September 10, 2014
Available at: Wilde City Press
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Blurb: “I don’t like to be called an Assassin, I prefer the term problem solver.”
My name’s Alex. I’m an average guy. I kill people for a living. But don’t judge me.
I don’t take jobs on just anybody though. I only kill the really annoying people, like cheaters or abusers. So if you think about it, I’m actually doing God’s work—okay, maybe that’s stretching things a bit.
Other than the whole committing murder and trying to get away with it thing, my life is simple.
Well… except for the fact I’m in love with a fellow assassin who happens to be my mentor. I also have to make sure I’m careful when I’m on the job because if I ever fail a hit, I’ll be considered a “liability” and be executed promptly. Oh, and there’s a small chance someone in the organization is trying to have me killed. But I’ll figure that out, eventually. Did I mention I’m gay?
Okay, maybe my life isn’t so simple.
Please note, Red Rose is book one in the Deadly Rose Series and I would love it if book 2 was released immediately. Please and thank you.
Let me introduce you to Alex Rose, aka my “Sweet Sarcastic Assassin” (that’s quite the paradox). Yeah, there is nothing simple about Alex. Right out of the gate, we learn his personality as a smart mouth with excellent organizational skills, especially with his kills. This story is told in Alex’s POV which is not for the faint of heart. He tells it like it is and takes no prisoners (literally no prisoners, he’s an assassin ;). However, there is a vulnerable undercurrent to him, a need to be loved, and an overwhelming desire for him to be respected in his field. I did not fall instantly in love with Alex. It took me a couple of chapters to learn his personality and gain some insight as to what makes him tick. Of course, his past has a lot to do with that. However, once I did fall head over heels for Alex, I was rooting for him, regardless that he kills people for a living. I love multi-dimensional characters, and Alex has that covered in spades.
Alex, who likes to refer to himself as a problem solver instead of assassin, is a rule follower. But how can that be, he kills people? Yep, he does. He’s an assassin who follows the rules. These rules come from the specific organization Alex works for. And this is also where we meet more of the cast in Red Rose. We are introduced to Lance, Alex’s ex-boyfriend and assassin mentor. They have a mutual respect and trust for each other in an otherwise crazy paranoid untrustworthy world. There is more to Lance than meets the eye, and I need more! Then there is Theresa, Alex’s new partner at the organization. She has quite the smart mouth as well, so pairing her with Alex was a match made in writing heaven.
This story is suspenseful and mysterious and a bit sexy. It has snark and humor and moves at a steady pace until bam, the last sentence reads….The End. And then you are left saying out loud…Well damn, that is quite the problem for the problem solver.
Did I have a couple of niggles within the story itself, yes. Did Alex’s smart mouth annoy me sometimes, hell yes. Did any of that take away from how much I enjoyed this story? Not one iota!
Red Rose is very well written and has a plot that is mysterious and an ending that makes me want book 2 right now. What else can you ask for from a brand new author on the scene. (besides book 2, but I think I beat that horse enough already :P).
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*