The Request Trilogy – Marquita Valentine

 

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The Request Series, a sexy, thrilling romantic contemporary romance trilogy from NY Times Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine.

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The Request, Book 1: Meet Roman Smith: Shopkeeper by Day. Assassin by Night.

The undercover Russian contract killer has never turned down an assignment that rids the world of scum… until his latest job targets an innocent man. Refusing is not an option, because of Everly Andrews, the sexy southern belle who saved him from dying. She’s completely unaware of his double life, but has been marked as next on the kill list should he fail. Only, what The Bratva doesn’t know–there’s nothing Roman won’t do to keep Everly safe.

EXCERPT

The Request – Roman has been shot and left for dead in his own book shop.

“At the same time?” she asks, voice trembling as she sits back. Once again her hands go to my face, stroking my cheek. She leans over me and this close I can see the fullness of her lips, the smoothness of her skin and the concern in her gaze.

“No, love. Check the wounds to see if the bullet went all the way through or not.”

“O—okay.” Gingerly, she moves away from me, careful to place my head on the hardwood floor. I watch as she grabs a pair of scissors from her purse. “I knew these would come in handy one day.”

Quickly, she cuts my pants leg off. In the background, I’m dimly aware the emergency operator is still on the line. “Well?”

“I can’t… Oh God, Roman, I have to pick up your leg to see.”

“Don’t move him,” the operator shouts.

Everly’s gaze flies to mine. She licks her lips, clearly torn between a professional and me, the reserved shopkeeper. “What do you want me to do?” she asks softly.

“Check, please, I’ll help you.” Gritting my teeth, I lift my leg, and break out into a cold sweat. “Hurry, darling.”

“There’s a hole in the back, but it’s small,” she says and I prop my foot on the shelf in front of me.

“Good.”

Sirens blare.

Everly looks over her shoulder. “They’re here. Thank God. They’re here, Roman.”

“Thank you,” I breathe, letting the darkness take me once more. Even if I never wake up again, this heaven I’m experiencing right now is worth it.


The Deception, Book 2: Drugged and deposited in a hotel in Prague, Roman must be on guard at all times in order to protect his lover, Everly Andrews, but the countdown has begun, and it won’t stop until his next target, or Everly, is terminated.Can Roman protect Everly until he can eliminate the threat to her life?

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The Confession, Book 3: Left for dead, Roman’s cover has been blown. Worse, Everly is in Viktor’s evil clutches, yet believes Roman to be the bad guy. Roman can’t trust anyone, not even his cousin, Benjamin, who he must team up with to rescue Everly. Will Roman get there in time to save her, or will Everly be another casualty of a family grab for power in the Bratva?

The Request Series, in Five Words
  1. Sexy: The chemistry between Roman and Everly is off the charts. He’s burning for her, and has been for months!
  2. Thrilling: I kill off a main character in the second installment. Enough said. 😉
  3. Fast-paced: Spain, Germany, France, Morocco, and North Carolina (yep, you read that correctly)- to name a few locations- by train, by car, by private jet, or running on foot away from a mansion on the verge of collapse. Roman is on the run the entire time.
  4. Suspenseful: Roman never knows who is completely on his side, or who wants him dead.
  5. Hot: Well… when Roman finally gets his hands on Everly, like he’s been wanting to do for months… make sure you have a fan or some ice on hand.
Getting to Know Roman

Roman is a great romantic hero because not only is protective, he’s willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good. And for him the greater good is Everly Andrew’s safety. He’s also very observant, using his assassin training to do very sweet things for Everly—like always have her favorite hot chocolate and flavor of jelly beans on hand whenever she visits his book shop. Finally, the hallmark of a great romantic hero is that he’s a unselfish lover, taking care of Everly’s pleasure first. It gives him pleasure to satisfy her.

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REVIEW

The Request was a delicious quick escape that left me looking at my e-reader in puzzlement as to where the story had gone so fast? Almost like on a perfect sunny day when you are on a patio with a Stoli Spicy Peach cocktail and all of a sudden your glass is empty with seemingly no explanation other than it was just so good. The other thing that is readily apparent and most disturbing of all is the conclusion that I have come to after reading The Request Series is that I am obviously frequenting the wrong book stores. Not once, and I have been in a number, have I come across one manned by anyone resembling Roman nor one that has an easy chair for my sole use and as many cinnamon jelly beans (I substituted Everly’s preferred green apple jelly beans, as it’s my fantasy already)  as I could eat. Jelly Bellies are not cheap, you know. Granted if I ever found such a place they would have to bodily remove me and possibly obtain a restraining order.

In the first of the series, Everly Andrews has found just such a place, she has her books shipped to a store manned by a sinfully handsome man with a clientèle of one, herself. She just doesn’t know that very salient fact. Roman knows he should discourage Everly from coming into the store, in actuality a front for his “real” business but he just can’t resist their weekly meetings as brief as they might be. That is until his other life intervenes in the form of an assassin sent to exterminate Roman and the choice is wrested from him.

I greatly enjoyed The Request Series, my only complaint was that it was over too soon but I suppose I only have my reading gluttony to blame. Ms Valentine perfectly combined an unlikely heroine and a deliciously attractive assassin wrapped in a bookstore (does it get any better?) and I was completely sold as a result. Now while I still might doubt the veracity of the existence of such a bookseller particularly one who happens to look like Roman I will spend my time pondering this and also wondering if perhaps Ian Fleming’s James Bond was not as grounded in fiction as I thought either. 

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About Marquita Valentine

New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the best-selling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

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