Blog Tour: The Accidental Assassin (Assassins #1) by Nichole Chase - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.

Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a mission. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list. 

As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all of that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?


Do you enjoy lighthearted spy thriller with a bit of romance? Do you enjoy books that are just plan fun? Yes? Then this book is for you. No? Well you should still give this book a try. It might change your mind. The Accidental Assassin was so much fun to read! Even now writing up this review I just have a huge smile on my face because it was just a great, fun, entertaining story!

When Ava's bff gets married and needs someone to house sit for her in London Ava decides to break out of her habits and go do something new. She has been wanting to try new things, not be set in her ways like she has been, so she heads to London ready to mix things up. Boy does she gets more adventure than she asked for!

Owen is an assassin. He has a code though - he will only kill people who deserve it. People who sell women and such like that. Bad guys. He is sent to London to kill a guy, but he likes to do a little recon first. Especially since something seems fishy about this job. He first sees Ava in a coffee shop and there is a moment between them, but that is all it can be he figures.

When Ava accidentally hits and kills Owen's mark in the parking garage of the building she is staying in, her life is in danger. They must figure out who is after Ava and why while trying not to be killed themselves. Oh it was so much fun. Owen and Ava are both drawn to each other, but Owen doesn't think he deserves to be with someone, especially someone like her.

"'You shouldn't want me. I'm not -'
'Don't you dare say you aren't good enough for me. I get to make that decision." I tilted my head and whispered, 'And I decide that I want you.'"

Ava is so sweet, but tough and just perfect for Owen. She helps him in ways he didn't know he needed help. When they get into sticky situations Ava is right there wanting to help in any way she can. Sure she is not a trained killer, but she is open to learning what she can so she can be useful. I loved how she never backed down, she was just so strong. Well for the most part. Like most people she does have a few moments of letting everything wash over her, a few moments of weakness before she was ready to go again and do whatever needed done which to me just made her human and stronger. And in those moments of weakness Owen was there and was just so sweet. Owen's friend, or closest things he has to them, shows up to help and it was just great. Lots of action, lots of romance, lots of fun! You definitely should read this book. It was amazing and I hope we get more adventures soon!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


The bathroom door cracked open and I realized I had been staring off into space. Ava leaned against the doorframe in nothing but the oversized shirt and I felt the blood drain from my head and head south. I hadn’t thought to buy her shorts or sleeping pants and I’d never been so glad I had overlooked something. Her long legs went on forever and the image of them being wrapped around me burst into my brain. 

“Who gets the bed?” She brushed her wet hair over her shoulder and I had to force myself to ignore the way the damp material clung to her breasts.

“There’s enough space for two.” I smiled at her dubious expression. “I’ll behave if you do.”

“Shouldn’t someone stand guard?” Her eyes darted to the door and I realized she was genuinely nervous about being caught while sleeping. I moved to the door and slid the old dresser across the floor. I looked back at her to see if that helped but she had moved across the room. I watched as she picked up one of the chairs and carried it across the room. The t-shirt slid up a little higher as she made her way to me and I had to remind myself that she was vulnerable right now. I moved so she could place the chair where she wanted. 

Knowing that someone might bust in on you while you were sleeping was part of the job. After a while you learn how to accept it. You take precautions, like picking a secure location, keeping your gun close, and learning to sleep lightly. Ava wasn’t used to that and she’d been put through the ringer in the last few days. So, instead of mocking her, or explaining that I’d chosen this inn because of where it was located and how we’d be able to defend ourselves, I moved the other chair to the growing pile of furniture. I unplugged the tele and set it atop the bureau. 

Ava grabbed one of the lamps we were using and placed it so it was leaning against the door. The dingy crystals swayed for a moment and I realized she was using it as an alarm. Not a bad idea. The jingle would serve as an early detection sound if someone was messing with the door. 

“You think I’m silly.” Her mouth pulled to the side and she looked at me with large eyes. “But I know that if someone really wants in, this isn’t going to stop them.”

“It will slow them down.” I pulled my shirt off and made my way to the bed. I sat down on the edge of the bed closest to the door and undid the clasp on my watch. 

Ava hadn’t come to the bed. She was standing next to the leaning tower of furniture and watching me. Her cheek ticked nervously and I fought my smile. That’s right. I wasn’t the only one feeling the sexual tension. I swung my legs onto the bed and tucked my hands behind my head. 

“Scared you won’t be able to control yourself?” I patted the other side of the bed. A blush crawled out of the neck line of her shirt and up to her cheeks. She sputtered and her back stiffened, which is exactly what I had been going for. 

“Listen here, buddy. You’re no Brad Pitt.” Stomping across the room, she ripped the blanket back from the bed and crawled into her spot. “Don’t try anything funny.”

“I’ll try to contain my baser urges.” I hit the switch for the light and settled down into my pillow. 

Ava fought with her pillow until she had molded it into a shape that suited her. She was on her side facing me. I could just make out her features in the dark and smell the shampoo she had used in the shower. It had been years since I had slept in the same bed as someone else, but with Ava I didn’t worry she would get up and kill me in my sleep. 

It was a nice feeling. 

“Owen?” Her whisper drew me out of my thoughts.


“Thank you for not leaving me.” I could barely make out her words as weariness claimed her. 

“You’re welcome.”

About the author:

Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy. Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.      

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