5 Things To Know About: Red Hourglass


1.  Red Hourglass is the first book of the Hourglass series by Scarlet Risque. It tells the story of Janet, a young girl who has a rough start in life.  She is taken in by The White Queen and trained at The Academy to become an assassin.  As she matures, she learns that she can use both seduction and her skills to get back at nefarious men.  But on her most recent mission, she goes undercover as a secretary for Conan Casey.  And while her missions have always gone well in the past, this one might be more than she bargained for.

2.  I'm not ordinarily interested in romantic thrillers but when Scarlet emailed me with a link to her novel, I figured why not?  And I'm sure glad I did!  There are a couple of things that I really liked about this novel which I'll cover in my next three points.

3.  The story starts off with a gory scene and after I read it, I was a little intimidated.  I wasn't sure what to think of this book.  But as the story unraveled and we were filled in about Janet's childhood and past, I started to understand more. This story isn't exactly realistic but Scarlet did a great job of making it all seem... real.  I liked the set up of The Academy and how the "sisters" were sent off in the real world to do work for the White Queen.

4.  Conan.  Oh Conan.  I can't say I ever really warmed up toward him.  He was an asshole in the beginning of the story and I never really understood whether he "changed" or not.  But... I definitely saw the appeal.  I got why Janet fell for him.  The boss and the secretary hooking up is a tired cliche, especially since Janet is the second secretary that Conan has dated, but it really worked.  The romance between the two of them worked really well.  And when he took her home to meet his family?  That was adorable.

5.  I thought the descriptions of The Academy were pretty cool.  It kind of reminded me of the school in The Gallagher Girls series except much more lethal. lol

If you are looking for an exciting romance with a lot of sexual tension and a bit of blood, check out Red Hourglass.  There are going to be more books in the series and I am looking forward to them.

Take care,
Marian

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