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Evil's Unlikely Assassin
Alexis Black: Book 1
by Jenn Windrow
CreateSpace, $11.99, 274pp
Published: June 2017

Vampire Alexis Black is on a mission – to rejoin the human race.

Alexis Black never wanted to be a vampire, so when an angel-with-an-attitude offers her an iron clad contract to become human again, she signs without reading the fine print. Too bad it didn’t mention the badass vampire who now rides shotgun in her brain. Her new insatiable bloodlust. Or the I-hate-everything-with-fangs human sidekick.

Her job. Kill one vampire, werewolf, or creepy-crawly every night for fifty years. The reward for killing without conscience – her humanity. The punishment for refusal – her death.

But when a revenge seeking bloodsucker threatens to turn her city into an all-you-can-suck buffet, Alexis must risk everything to ensure there's a humanity to return to. Since her vampire nature is her greatest weapon, she must learn to accept her inner beast or watch those she loves die.

What I love most about this story is how fast-paced and engaging it is. From the beginning, I was immersed in the story and the main character. Alexis is both compelling and a bad-ass vampire with all the wants and needs of any woman. Her dilemma is one that most of us don’t have to face but the metaphor of sacrifice is one that most women will understand.  And the race to save humanity, one that kept me on the edge of my seat, barely able to wait to get to the end was believable and exciting.

Not only is Alexis interesting but her companions are as well. None of the secondary characters are one-dimensional, not even the vampire in her brain, Eddie.  Her human sidekick, Reaper, has a back history and complex emotions surrounding working with her and I love the resolution of those emotions at the end of the story. Even the love interest in the plot is far more than he appears to be and is far more complex than the typical romantic lead. The complexity of the characters, along with Alexis’ bad ass attitude and snark are what made the novel so wonderful to me. 

Along with the compelling characters, the plot keeps you reading until the wee hours of the morning. And nothing is as easy as it appears to be. The ending of the book is as satisfying as any reader could want.  If you love sass, vampires, and a great story, I highly recommend “Evil’s Unlikely Assassin” and Jenn Windrow. 

Rating 5 stars ~~ Andrea Rittschof
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