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Tangled Web by Crista McHugh
Series: Deizian Empire #1
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on 2012-10-10
Genres: Erotic, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Miranda
The deadliest assassin in the empire just got too close to her target… Azurha, a former slave turned deadliest assassin in the empire, has just been offered the ultimate challenge—seduce, then murder the new Emperor. But Titus is not the tyrant his forefathers were, and his radical ideas might be the glimmer of hope the empire needs. Titus Sergius Flavus has yet to master the powerful magic of his ancestors—magic he must wield if he’s to protect his people—but his father’s death has left him no choice. Rule the Deizian Empire and attempt to right his ancestors’ wrongs, or watch her fall to his greedy kin. More than just Titus’ ideas hold Azurha captive. Night after night, he awakens desires she thought lost, and uncovers the magic of her hidden lineage. As her deadline approaches, Azurha is forced to make an impossible decision—complete her job and kill the man she loves, or fail and forfeit both their lives.
After his father’s passing Titus Sergius Flavus becomes the new ruler of the Deizian Empire. There are many in the empire against him and they will do anything to remove him from his new position. Titus wants the best for his Kingdom but he has his doubts since he hasn’t reached his full magic potential. His focus is on his Kingdom until a distraction walks through the palace doors.
Azurha is the empires deadliest assassin and her latest assignment puts her in a role she is not at all comfortable with. She is sent to kill the new ruler but to do so she must enter his Harem. Unfortunately, for this hardened assassin she has a problem completing her mission after spending time with Titus.
Titus and Azurha cannot fight the fire between them. But how will Titus react when he learns Azurha was brought there to kill him? And will Azurha be able to protect him if he kicks her out of his life?
Crista McHugh’s Tangled Web is sinfully delicious! This erotic feast features one fascinating couple and a killer plotline. It’s impossible to turn away from this story after reading the first few pages! They grasp the reader’s attention and the story keeps it throughout this fantastic tale.
Azurha and Titus have phenomenal chemistry! They turn the heat way up in Tangled Web. I love the inner workings of Azurha her character has such depth and I wanted a happy ending for her so badly. Titus is complex as well. He’s a ruler who is not sure he should be ruling but wants the best for his people. His struggle to command his people and understand his feelings for Azurha is compelling. Azurha’s struggle to deal with her opposing feelings is enthralling. Watching her fall in love with Titus is pure story magic!
I find myself intrigued by the inner workings of this world. I have fallen for several of the secondary characters and I cannot wait to see them again in future books. This is the second book of Ms. McHugh’s that I have read and I’m definitely impressed! She weaves her stories together beautifully and Tangled Web is no exception! Tangled Web is a keeper!