Tangled Web by Crista McHugh
(Diezian Empire)

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...it suffers from a split personality. Ms. McHugh seems to have had trouble deciding whether she was writing an erotic novel or a sci-fi novel.
-NY Journal of Books

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"One of the best books I've read this year!" -- Provocative Pages"
Tangled Web had me enthralled from the very first sentence." -- The Reading Cafe
"Grab your poison tipped arrows and flying airships, because you're in for one smexy ride!" -- I Smell Sheep


The deadliest assassin in the empire just got too close to her target...


Azurha, a former slave turned deadliest assassin in the empire, has just been offered the ultimate challenge--seduce, then murder the new Emperor. But Titus is not the tyrant his forefathers were, and his radical ideas might be the glimmer of hope the empire needs.

Titus Sergius Flavus has yet to master the powerful magic of his ancestors--magic he must wield if he's to protect his people--but his father's death has left him no choice. Rule the Deizian Empire and attempt to right his ancestors' wrongs, or watch her fall to his greedy kin.

More than just Titus' ideas hold Azurha captive. Night after night, he awakens desires she thought lost, and uncovers the magic of her hidden lineage. As her deadline approaches, Azurha is forced to make an impossible decision--complete her job and kill the man she loves, or fail and forfeit both their lives.
 

About Crista McHugh

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Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista McHugh relied on storytelling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained. Of course, that also means she's inclined to suffer some of the same maladies that plague many southern writers like overuse of simile and metaphor, exaggeration, melodramatic writing style, and the ever-popular long-winded sentence.She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and daughter, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Entangled: Select. 352 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Aug 24 2014

Tangled Web isn’t a terrible book, but it suffers from a split personality. Ms. McHugh seems to have had trouble deciding whether she was writing an erotic novel or a sci-fi novel.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Oct 16 2012

...it suffers from a split personality. Ms. McHugh seems to have had trouble deciding whether she was writing an erotic novel or a sci-fi novel.

Read Full Review of Tangled Web (Diezian Empire) | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books

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