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New Release Review! KILLER INSTINCTS by Tawna Fenske (Assassins in Love #1)

Killer Instincts, an all new opposites attract romantic comedy, filled with twists and turns from USA Today bestselling author Tawna Fenske, is now live!

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Dante didn’t set out to deceive. His favor for a pal in prison got him this farmhand job, and Jen needs help guarding more than her blueberries. Someone’s set on hurting her, and he’ll make damn sure they don’t. She can’t know who sent him or why he’s handier with a handgun than a hoe. But none of that matters more than keeping Jen safe.

To save the girl, he’ll have to pair old skills with new. A princess tea party and an old-fashioned gunfight? Why not. Grape stomping and grenades? Sign him up.

But as the enemy closes in, there’s one skill Dante finds he doesn’t have: The strength to walk away when the job is done.

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Jen and Dante’s story was so much fun! I mean, we started out with Dante’s internal monologue/ode to Cheez-Its, moved into animal name puns (Scape Goat, Maple Stirrup, and Pony Soprano), toyed with a fake relationship, and ended with an adorably domestic scene which involved (among other things) the hero sharing his Cheez-Its with a domesticated pig he named Zsa Zsa Ga-boar…what more could you want?

If your answer is a sweet romance; a strong, capable heroine; a hero who’s excellent under pressure; and enough suspense to keep you turning the pages, then give this book a read!

Killer Instincts is the first full-length book in Ms Fenske’s Assassins in Love series; readers were introduced to Dante, Mateo, and Sebastian in the prequel novella Killer Looks , but you don’t have to have read it first to enjoy this one. (And hey, you can pick it up for free right now if you haven’t; it’ll give you something to do while waiting for Mateo’s book!)

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA Award finalist, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, stand up, paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit

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