At sixteen Lilavati was banished from her mother’s kingdom by her stepfather. She was the rightful heir, but with the queen carrying a new child she had to choose between exile or death. Instead of facing the executioner, she fled in the middle of the night like a common thief—leaving behind everyone and everything she ever loved, including the dashing knight who’d stolen her young heart, Naresh.
Now, ten years later, Lilavati isn’t the naive, helpless princess she’d once been. Life on the run has hardened her. It’s also given her time to formulate a plan to take back the kingdom that should be hers and access to criminals, assassins, and a ruthless spell-caster named Kirin who can make that plan a reality. If she can keep the sorcerer focused on the goal and not the ill-advised attraction between them, that is. When she hears of her mother’s death, she knows it’s time to act. She will have everything that is rightfully hers. But she’s not the only one that’s changed since her departure. Her once strong kingdom is dying. It needs a savor not a conqueror.
Kirin agreed to work with Lilavati because he enjoys being near the aloof princess. He’s drawn to her confidence and determination. But when she starts using that determination to keep him at a distance, he’s not nearly so fond of the attribute. A promise she made to another ten years ago is keeping her out of his bed. When he discovers her knight in shining armor is married and has kids, though, all bets are off. But no matter how many times he shares her bed, it’s not enough. He’ll have to figure out a way to make the princess surrender her heart. It’s not going to be easy with his reputation. But if he can save her kingdom, he might have a shot.
Assassin Queen begins with Lily and her band of assassin's getting attacked. This is normal in her line of work, but this time it was a lot more people than she was expecting. When she finds out about her mother's death, and her step-father sending people after her. She knows she needs to return to reclaim her kingdom. And the mage, and the man who has been in her heart for a while, but she's been trying to deny it because she's been promised to another, isn't so sure going back is a good idea. But he will stand by Lily no matter what happens. And when they head back to her home, and find things are a lot different than expected, Lily and Kirin, must work together while figuring out their feelings for each other along the way.
This book was a pretty quick read with lots of action, sexy times, and major drama. I thoroughly enjoyed the hero and heroine in the story as well. Lily was extremely fierce, and an awesome assassin. And Kirin, was this kick butt mage who was figuring out how to get through to Lily. I truly liked the whole book. It was fast, and action packed!