New Release and Review for Leopard’s Kiss by Stephanie Rowe

In New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Rowe's new Shadow Guardians series, an ice-cold assassin who stalks the darkest fringes of society is forced to become the guardian of the woman he is supposed to kill. Slade Cross, known as the Black Swan, became an assassin the night his family was murdered. He has evolved into a deadly, silent killer who lives in the shadows, existing in isolation. No one ever sees him or remembers him, and his existence is no more than a legend, whispered in fear by those who he will hunt. He connects with no one…ever…until a hit gone wrong forces him to accept the one assignment he'd never thought he'd take: to save instead of kill. Slade has no concept of mercy, of humanity, of connection, and yet those are exactly what his new charge, Anya Diaz, demands of him. Desperate to save her kidnapped sister, Anya compels Slade to engage emotionally, dragging them both deeper into the twisted, deadly world of the shifter black market. Fierce passion ignites between the two guarded souls, but rising danger threatens to unravel every step they take toward survival. Will the secrets they've both been hiding destroy what little they have left, or will their growing connection empower them to prevail against an enemy far worse than either of them imagined?

In New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Rowe’s new Shadow Guardians series, an ice-cold assassin who stalks the darkest fringes of society is forced to become the guardian of the woman he is supposed to kill.
Slade Cross, known as the Black Swan, became an assassin the night his family was murdered. He has evolved into a deadly, silent killer who lives in the shadows, existing in isolation. No one ever sees him or remembers him, and his existence is no more than a legend, whispered in fear by those who he will hunt. He connects with no one…ever…until a hit gone wrong forces him to accept the one assignment he’d never thought he’d take: to save instead of kill.
Slade has no concept of mercy, of humanity, of connection, and yet those are exactly what his new charge, Anya Diaz, demands of him. Desperate to save her kidnapped sister, Anya compels Slade to engage emotionally, dragging them both deeper into the twisted, deadly world of the shifter black market. Fierce passion ignites between the two guarded souls, but rising danger threatens to unravel every step they take toward survival. Will the secrets they’ve both been hiding destroy what little they have left, or will their growing connection empower them to prevail against an enemy far worse than either of them imagined?

Leopard’s Kiss by Stephanie Rowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of Stephanie Rowe’s PNR series should like Leopard’s Kiss, first in a new series about deadly assassins with other worldly abilities.

Before his world was turned upside down he was known as Slade Cross. After his family was murdered he became known as the Black Swan – the deadliest of assassins with powers to hide in the shadows and to kill his victims with a kiss of death. He has no emotions and never turns down a job. His latest job is to kill Anya Diaz and even once he finds her and has a feeling that she is innocent he still vows to do his job until something goes horribly wrong and instead he becomes her Guardian.

I enjoyed the world building in this book – meeting the new characters and through out the book finding out what they really are and how each of their missions in life had totally changed from the beginning of the book. The men start out as deadly assassins but by the end vow to be Shadow Guardians to those that need their protection from the evil that wants them dead.

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