Author: Jenn Windrow
Narrator: Chelsea Stephens
Length: 8 hours 49 minutes
Publisher: Irreverent Publishing⎮2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Alexis Black, Book 1
Release date: Jan. 23, 2019
Vampire Alexis Black is on a mission - to rejoin the human race.
Coerced into signing an ironclad contract by an Angel-with-attitude, Alexis must hunt down and assassinate at least one vampire, werewolf, or creepy crawly every night for fifty years to become human again. Too bad the contract didn’t mention the badass vampire who now rides shotgun in her brain, insatiable bloodlust, or her new I-hate-everything-with-fangs sidekick. If she can fulfill her end of the bargain, her humanity is restored, if not she will be destroyed.
But when a revenge-seeking bloodsucker threatens her city, Alexis must risk everything to ensure there’s a humanity to return to. Since her vampire nature is her greatest weapon to defeat the monsters that threaten her friends and future, Alexis must choose to accept her inner beast or watch those she loves die.
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My first impression of this story at about halfway through -
Listening to the audiobook and I hate to say it but this book needs a content editor. Who is Craig? Why did he offer Alexis a deal? Why does she have an angel wing tattoo? Why does Blake/Reaper follow her around? What the hell is Eddie and how is he different/separate from her vampire? Why didn't she grieve the death of her best friend more deeply? I really hope it all comes together soon.
Now that I have finished the story I can reflect back on initial impression. Info regarding Craig is scattered throughout the story and the reader has to piece it all together. Reaper's backstory is explained making sense of his role. Eddie is explained and that is all I can say without spoiling it. And for the death of her friend, she had little time to grieve but since he was her best friend and mentor I expected more anguish.
Evil's Unlikely Assassin is my intro to author Jenn Windrow. After completing the audiobook I still feel like the story needs to be tighter and more concise. The premise is great. I like that the author didn't romanticize vampires and told a unique story. The MC, Alexis, is a strong female lead and very badass.
The narrator Chelse Stephens did a great job bringing the characters to life and leaping from the story; especially the action scenes. Stephens nailed the snarky attitude of Alexis too.
About the Author:
Jenn Windrow is an award winning author of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Vampires, Greek gods, and a bit of Freak Show fun for everyone.
She loves characters who have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you’ve got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of it’s-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement Phoenix. Where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home, at least that’s what she claims.
About the Narrator:
Chelsea Stephens has a long time love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in on-stage acting, singing and voice over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds. Chelsea is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, fantasy and YA novels. She's a mom to a gaggle of young ones living in the Midwest with her lumbersexual husband.
*One and the same as Avery Reid.