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Peek Inside Assassin Games

Time is ticking, and CIA analyst Carol Sark’s life is on the line. The only thing standing between her and her would-be assassins is the sexy covert-op specialist, Anderson Gratney.

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Anderson Gratney does odd jobs that usually involve a gun and covert ops for the CIA. His latest assignment? Kidnap a CIA analyst in order to keep her safe. Easy. Except there’s nothing simple about the beautiful, careful Carol Sark, who tempts him the more he learns about her.

Coming face to face with a masked man in her home is the most terrifying experience of Carol’s life—until he kidnaps her. He claims he’s there to keep her safe, but she doesn’t know who to trust. And until they can figure out who the threat is, she's forced to take him at his word.

Time is ticking, and even though she drives him nuts, Anderson very much wants to keep her alive. Unfortunately, the assassins have other ideas…

Each book in the Tarnished Heroes series is STANDALONE:
*Spy Games
*Assassin Games
*Traitor Games


“Such intrigue, mystery, action and suspense. It was so much action that it was like an spy action movie in my head with surround sound and 3D picture i had trouble putting it down to do others things.” –amber S., Goodreads

Exciting, nail-biting spy thriller and romance.” –Rose M., NetGalley

“This book has it all! Edge-of-your-seat thrilling action and a fantastic romance!” –Erika C., NetGalley

“I loved Assassin Games! Very well written, full of romantic suspense. This book was right up my alley!!! I can't wait to read more.” –Sue H., Goodreads

“Yum!  That's the best word I have for this :)  Fast paced, exciting, great characters.  Funny, sexy, action packed - Assassin Games really has it all.” –Illustrious Illusions Blog

“Wow, I loved this book!!!  This is fast paced romantic suspense at it's best.” –Linda Q., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635869
Series: Tarnished Heroes, Book 2
Release Date: Jul 23, 2018
Page Count: 450
Imprint: amara next
Genre: military/men in uniform, romantic suspense
Tropes: best friend's little sister, blackmail, bodyguard/protector, forced proximity, older brother's best friend

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By 1-Click Addict Support Group October 26, 2018

Roller coaster romantic suspense…

This was a James Bond-esque, roller coaster ride of a romantic suspense!

Carol was an intelligent and smart CIA analyst. Her job was everything to her and when it was threatened, she fought tooth and nail for it. Just because she was CIA though didn’t mean she had the ...more

By Fizza July 24, 2018

Wow, it's an amazing action-packed novel that kept me on my toes from the very beginning. I loved both Andy and Carol, and the romantic chemistry between them was perfect.
Carol's life is in danger. She isn't a field agent and she has no way of defending herself. But the good news is that the very pe ...more

By Elizabeth July 30, 2018

Anderson (Andy) is used to being asked to take odd jobs, it's what he does after all, but kidnapping a CIA analyst for her safety, and the attraction they share, is far from simple. The more he learns about her, the deeper he falls.

Carol is terrified when a masked man enters her home, even more so w ...more

By Ayekah July 13, 2018

Looking for that suspense white knuckle read with a splash of romance? Look no further. This one has it in spades. Sidney really outdid herself in this book and the twists and turns made my jaw drop more than once. Andy is a contract worker for the CIA who is watching Carol who is an analyst working ...more

By April July 24, 2018

Assassin Games by Sidney Bristol is an exciting Crime Thriller. #2 in "Tarnished Heroes", see "Spy Game", but can be read as a stand alone. 
This is the story of Anderson Gratney and Carol Sark both work with the CIA in different roles. There is a mole, a traitor, a murderer,  danger, an assassin wit ...more

By Heather June 23, 2018

Andy needs to work on his wooing skills, “you need to relax. Given that we don’t have medication on hand, that leaves liquor or sex.”He leaned a bit closer, whispering. “You’d just have to unbutton your pants.” Andy loves to surprise his lady, "Andy turned, his smile as easy and relaxed as it’d ever ...more

By Bec July 24, 2018

Carol Sark never imagined finding herself on the run from the CIA, but when Anderson Gratney kidnaps her that's exactly what happens. Forced to work together for the greater good, Carol finds herself doing the one thing she shouldn't -- falling for a man all wrong for her. Yet, when things being to ...more

By Meghan Lloyd July 07, 2018

What an action-packed book! I don't typically read romances that involve so much edge-of-your-seat scenes, where you're wondering who's going to get shot next. That's definitely what I got in this book! While the romance took a bit of a back seat for me, with all the action going on around the chara ...more

By Reading August 02, 2018

Sidney Bristol is one of my go-to authors when I want thrills and suspense. She hits the mark with Assassin Games, spy thriller with a slow burn romance. I love a slow burning relationship, it makes it ever-so-much-sweeter when they finally get together (I'm singing "Anticipation" as I'm writing thi ...more

By Jennifer July 26, 2018

This is the first book that I've read by Sidney Bristol, and I can't think of a better story to help me fall in love with her talented writing style, as I LOVED Assassin Games so much! I'm not going to going into too much detail when it comes to the plot because this story was suspense at it's fines ...more

By Marcia July 24, 2018

I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher from This is my unbiased and voluntary review.

This book follows on the heels of Spy Games. Rand and Sarah are now in hiding, but the moles have still to be uncovered. There is a secret organization within the CIA, that is ...more

By Kelly July 26, 2018

A head-spinning, can't put down read

A new-to-me author who has been on my TBR list for a while now, I was eager to read this new story. The second book in the Tarnished Heroes series, though technically you could read this as a standalone, I felt a little lost in the beginning. A lot of what happen ...more

By Angela July 01, 2018

This book has a lot going on it – many names, many scenarios, who is really the villain. You really have to pay attention to everything to understand what happened and you usually do not figure out what will happen next. That is what I want in romantic suspense – suspense. There are surprises – no g ...more

By Book Him Danno July 10, 2018

Assassin Games comes across as part of a series of book with the mention of many different characters and past stories that I felt like should know.
Start to finish this book will take readers on a wild ride filled with deep rooted government conspiracy that will keep readers wanting more.
The relatio ...more

By Mags July 18, 2018

Assassin Games was an enjoyable read. That had a nice sprinkling of romance and a storyline that had plenty of intrigue, pockets of action and a couple of twists.

Yet, I did struggle to get into it, and I found the first half particularly slow going. But the pace certainly picked up as the story prog ...more

By Denise July 24, 2018

Having finally gotten to crack one open from this author I quickly ventured in. The characters are Anderson and Carol who carry you through this high speed adventure. Being a covert is one that I like to read to see just how much they give me a rush. This one starts out a bit different with you quic ...more

By poppy November 11, 2018

This was another action-packed read from Sidney and it had me hooked and kept me reading late into the night. I really liked the chemistry between Andy and Carol they were great together they were also good likable characters, his job is to kidnap her and keep her safe and she is terrified when he b ...more

By Suzette July 23, 2018

Damn! That was fantastic. Nail biting doesn’t begin to describe how good it is. I am on edge waiting to read the next in the series and I just finished this one. I think I found a new favorite thriller author to add to my list. Sidney you rock girl! It is even better with spies who fall in love, how ...more

By Bobbie August 06, 2018

Wow, this book was a movie in my head! I saw Mission Impossible this weekend, and I felt about this book much like the movie. After finishing it I am worn out. There is so much action, so much intensity that I read this book almost in one sitting. I could NOT stop reading. A great plot, a fun romanc ...more

By Laura July 26, 2018

I love romantic suspense books and this one was fast paced,great characters and a really interesting storyline.I loved Anderson and Carols characters,both strong yet entertaining dialogue made the a really enjoyable book.I read this book as an arc and this is my honest opinion.Will definitely look f ...more

By amber June 26, 2018

It started a tad slow but then 💥🔥BAM🔥💥 the action suspense mystery and wondering came out of no where it was like OMG WTF WOW WHAT?!? over and over again i abso-freakin-lutley loved it
I recieved this arc for my honest review. ...more

By Rose February 13, 2020

Anderson is a contract killer for the CIA and he's good at his job. But he won't kill on command unless the person is guilty. His latest assignment is Carol, a CIA analyst. He's going to protect her even though it may be his last assignment. Exciting, nail-biting spy thriller and romance. ...more

By M November 27, 2018

Good action

Lots of action and surprises. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend this book. Read the whole series you won't regret it. ...more

By Gail Dew November 11, 2018

Assassin Games

This was an fun book to read. There was plenty going on to make it a page turner - action, intrigue, and romance. ...more

By Sawyer ❤ November 10, 2018

This is how romantic suspense should be done! I was lost in the intense action, but the romance was always present. Which is important because I lose interest quickly if there's no love story.

In the first pages of this book, we're told there is a mole in the CIA. As we listen in on a meeting between ...more

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Sidney Bristol

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Sidney Bristol

It can never be said that NYT & USA Today Bestselling author Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, tattoo addict and board game enthusiast. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she spends her time writing, reading, hunting Pokemon, playing board games and catering to her furry overlords, aka the cats.

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