18 February 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Accidental Assassin by Nichole Chase (SWOONUARY)

The Accidental Assassin (The Assassins #1)
by Nichole Chase (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Self Published on December 1st, 2014
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, Humor
Format: eBook (356 pages)
Source: Purchased
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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?

I've been so excited to read this book ever since I first saw it on Goodreads, because who wouldn't love an assassin story featuring a clueless heroine and a hot assassin hero? The synopsis just grabbed me. In fact, the title itself grabbed me. 

Ava's life just turned upside down within a couple of hours. From simply house-sitting in London for her newly married couple friends to accidentally killing a man and then all of a sudden, she's on a hitman's list, and is now running away with Owen, the hot guy she met at the cafe earlier who turns out to be an assassin. Why she's being hunted down, she's not sure. Even Owen isn't sure, but together they team up to get to the bottom of the whole fiasco. 

See how cool that sounded like? Clueless American heroine and hot British assassin on the runaway -- speeding getaway cars, dodging bullets, gun holsters and hidden knives, and all other assassin stuff. I was so pumped for these scenarios, and yes, these were featured at the beginning and it got me really excited. 

Since the story is written in first-person, bouncing from AVA's POV to Owen's, we get a good glimpse on their own personal thoughts. Ava was just funny to begin with. She was just an ordinary American woman trying to spruce up her life by agreeing to house sit for her best friend in London, then all of a sudden, she gets ended up in a hitlist. How her character was trying to stay sane from the whole craze was just funny, and her whole life depended on Owen to survive. However, althroughout the story, she starts to become comfortable with the lifestyle and starts to pick up on the basics. 

Meanwhile, Owen was epic, especially at the beginning. He was cool, smooth and suave, especially with his job. He's the dream hero; hot, sexy and smart, except that he kills for a living. But nearing the end of the book, his POVs started to become kind of annoying when he starts going all possessive over Ava. It's both romantic and aggravating at the same time, because of his disregard to his professionalism due to his feelings for Ava. 

The whole climax appeared to be absolutely anti-climactic; the reason behind why Ava was being targeted in the first place. It appeared to be kind of unexpected but the whole shebang just got me thinking, "That's it? That's the 'bang' of the story?". Everything just went downhill from there towards the ending. Imagine a graph going up, up, up... then it suddenly shoots down like a plane crash. That's what happened.

This book could have been better. The characters were fun and witty, and the most of the dialogues where hilarious, but if only the whole action included would actually make sense and live up to the book's potential. However, I'm still looking forward to reading the next book as this seems to be the start of a new series.


  1. The plot of this sounded so promising, funny and sweet:) Owen sounds like one dreamy hero (with a British accent perhaps?;)! I hate when male characters get overly possessive too:(
    The problem with mysteries that seem to have no clear answer is that sometimes even the author can't come up with one which leads to disappointment. At least the characters were likeable and easy to read:)
    Great review!
    Maya @ anotheronceuponatime.blogspot.com

    1. It really did. I was so excited about this too. I totally agree about the mysteries thing, like usually turn out to be so shallow. And yes! Owen's got a British accent and says "Love" all the time. ;D

      Thanks for stopping by, Maya! :)

  2. Followed you back via GFC and Bloglovin too :)

    Shucks, I was so enamored of the title, but I hate tepid endings! Especially since I love a good action/thriller/mystery story. Darn. Nice review, though :)

    1. I know right? I was so disappointed. :(

      Thanks for the follow and for stopping by, Goldie! :)

  3. Sounds like a good start to a new and exciting series. Sometimes the first book isn't as good as the sequels. Hope it's the same for this one because it sounds awesome!!

    1. Yeah, I'm really looking forward to the next book. :D

  4. I LOVE the premise of this one, although your review is scaring me a bit :/ I still want to give this one a go though, I just added it to my TBR - thank you for the honest review x <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. It's actually a really fun book, but the ending was just terribly written. Hope you do enjoy it when you pick it up!


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