Title: An Assassin’s Touch
Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Buy Link: Buy An Assassin’s Touch Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Layne
Nobody realizes better than Shane that he has no real future. As a Leopard, he's destined to live alone and be reviled by his fellow feline shifters. Instead of letting that hurt him, Shane just throws himself into his work as the coalition's top assassin. A job that his breeding makes him perfect for. He tells himself that he doesn't need anyone else--that he's fine living a solitary life. Then one, brief encounter with a bratty, Panther shifter named, Trevor, changes everything. Now all Shane can think about is the Panther and how to get the man back in his bed. The only problem is Trevor hasn't given Shane so much as a second glance since their one time together. A situation that frustrates and intrigues Shane even more.
Trevor has always enjoyed playing the field. With so many sexy temptations at his disposal, he doesn't see why he should have to settle for the same warm body in his bed night after night. While the sex with Shane had been great, Trevor is determined to put the encounter behind him. A task that's not as easy as it would seem. Not when every night he continues to dream of the Leopard. Or how, whenever they're in the same room, Trevor can't stop himself from wanting to reach out and caress the Leopard. Trevor knows that there can never be anything between them and resolves to put his desires behind him.
Then Shane needs help on one of his assignments and he turns to Trevor. The mission proves more dangerous than either one realizes. They soon find themselves fighting for their lives. Will they be able to learn to trust each other in time to save themselves, or will their past doubts destroy them?
I loved this story. Shane’s a leopard, good for nothing but killing and maybe sex—or so the myth goes. He hides his vulnerability behind a cool façade and baby face. Nothing riles him, but he’s had Trevor once. Now he wants more of the panther shifter.
Trevor has been through his own set of problems and is still unsure of himself. He doesn’t believe any one can want him so he sleeps around—why settle when there are so many men out there? He says he’s never slept with the same man twice, but our killer Shane has him rethinking that.
I giggled, I laughed out loud, even got choked up a time or two. These men each have their issues regarding their self worth. But from the onset the passion they have is undeniable. Everyone warns Trevor away from Shane, citing his cold, emotionless nature and deadly attitude, but Trevor sees beyond to Shane’s fears and insecurities. Emotion not at all foreign to Trevor.
I loved the way Trevor stood up to his friends—his family, really—to defend Shane. His claiming of Shane was so touching, but fitting. I admit to screaming at my computer when I got to the end—a cliffhanger. Can’t wait for the second part to this story, hope it’s already in the works.