Book Review: The Assassin by Pamela Dumond

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Book Review: The Assassin by Pamela Dumond

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Assassin by Pamela DumondThe Assassin (Mortal Beloved, #2) by Pamela DuMond
Series: Mortal Beloved #2
Published by Pamela DuMond on January 1st 1970
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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THE ASSASSIN (Mortal Beloved, Book Two)
The Assassin is the anticipated sequel to the YA romantic time travel thriller -- The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One).
"I was a Messenger: I kept the memory of all our encounters, our lives, like a locket that brushes the skin and bones covering my heart. But Samuel was a Healer: he didn't time travel. His kind lived, died, re-incarnated, and he didn't retain memories from his past lives. Every year I landed in required starting our relationship over: from ashes, from scrap...
Every place I journeyed had beauty as well as darkness; all my time-travels were bittersweet." Madeline.
Madeline’s a Messenger: time traveling across lifetimes and delivering messages that could change one life or many. When she discovers that her true love, Samuel, is alive in present day, but doesn’t remember her from their past, she journeys to a deadly royal conflict in medieval Portugal hoping to rekindle his memory. Mortal assassins as well as dark-souled time travelers seek to kill her. Will Madeline and Samuel be together again in life—or only in death?

The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One) is optioned for Film/TV.
The Seeker (Mortal Beloved, Book Three) is publishing late 2015.


My thoughts

What a great second book. As thrilling and exciting as the first. Kept me on the edge of my seat.

If you have not read the first recently you may feel compelled to do a quick re-read. I sadly did not have the time and there is very little in this one to remind the reader of the story in book one. There is a brief beginning which covers the first book but again, very brief and not much is in that.

That said though, I was able to jump in and pick this up without many worries. I wish I had read book one recently but I still feel really good about the plot and the characters, which are amazing!

Once again, Madeline is fighting for her life. She’s also fighting for the love of her life, Samuel. It is strange to have him seem so distant to her so I can only imagine how she feels.

Ryan threw me off a little bit. But, as I warmed up to him, although he is not in a lot of the book, I grew more accustomed to his weird speech and way of holding himself. He talks to Madeline as I am sure she talks to Samuel. I like Ryan though and hope to see more of him in book three.

As for the plot, this one takes Madeline back to Portugal. Going from cell phones and internets to medieval times I can only imagine how she feels. She’s constantly saying and doing things that they have to ask her about. You think she would e more quiet but she is too strong willed. I love that she uses frigging all the time. It throws everyone off and just makes me laugh. But, still… talk about not being aware of where you are at! In those times she could be burned as a witch just for her vocabulary!!

As for her message this time, she is totally thrown off (as anyone would be) and is just trying to find her way in the world, when of course she sees Samuel. It is quite interesting to see him so different but the message was interesting. I think I would have preferred a few more clues in present day to go with her message. Just to help bring everything together.

As it was, though, I loved it and the way Pamela Dumond is able to take someone from today and etch them back into time. The story is amazing and I cannot wait for the third. Time travel romance at its best. Very different and edgy and yet still has the soft romanticism.



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The Author


About Pamela DuMond

Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.

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