• Assassin by Accident

  • Carnival of Mysteries
  • By: E.J. Russell
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Assassin by Accident

By: E.J. Russell
Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
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If a megalomaniacal earth mage kidnaps your little sister, do you:

A) Kill him

B) Kill him

C) Kill him

D) Magically indenture yourself to him to ensure her safe return

Welsh water horse Nevan Quirke would have happily opted for A, B, or C but had no idea where his sister was hidden—so, option D it is. He’s not a fool, though. He made sure to limit his obligation to a single task.

Unfortunately, he neglected to nail down a few tiny details before the geas brand was seared into his skin, and now:

A) He can’t shift

B) He can’t swim

C) He can’t drink

D) If he fails, he’ll be bound to the mage for eternity

Oh, and that task? Assist in an assassination.

If only he weren’t so thirsty.

And if only his partner for the heinous job weren’t the most appealing man Nevan has seen in his entire thousand-year life.

Assassin by Accident takes place in E.J. Russell’s Mythmatched universe and is part of the multiauthor Carnival of Mysteries series. Each book stands alone, but each one includes at least one visit to Errante Ame’s Carnival of Mysteries, a magical multiverse traveling show full of unusual acts, games, and rides. The Carnival changes to suit the world it’s on, so each visit is unique and special. This book features grumpy sunshiny, hurt comfort, mistaken identity, opposites attract, unexpected derring-do, and of course an HEA—no matter how little the men in question think they deserve it.

©2023 E.J. Russell (P)2023 E.J. Russell

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Fabulous Folklore Fun!

There is so much intricate mythology and world building in this series. In this one we actually get appearances from some of E.J. Russell's other audibles as well as weaving into the Carnival of Mysteries series. If you get the chance even though you can listen or read this one as a standalone romance, I highly recommend listening to all of the series in order for enhancement of the fun and character understanding. Seb and Nevan are such sweeties, and it is a fun adventure as they grow close and start trust and love each other! Greg as always brought out all the special voices and accents of these unique characters!

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Fits both the Carnival of Mysteries and the Quest Investigation world.

This made me so happy. I love the worlds Russell has created and found the storyline most satisfying. I would recommend reading the books from this world ( starting with Cutie and the Beast) in order to appreciate all of the layered world building and interconnected characters. A must read for fans of E J Russell.
As always, Greg Boudreaux adds that extra awesomeness that he excels at.
I will repeat the listen in days to
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So much fun!

This book can be read as a stand-alone but if you’ve read the previous books by this author then you’ll recognize quite a few people. I love this world. And it was fun to see all the hilarious errors even if there was some darkness in it. Seb and Nevyn have their work cut out for them to prevent an assassination and keep Nevyn’s sister safe. I loved seeing Seb and Nevyn get to know each other along with the relationship. The narrator as always did a fantastic job bringing the character and world to life. I didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters or this world.

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This is necessary reading for the universe

First off, this story is enmeshed with the Quest Investigation series and I suggest reading those to have a good foundation for this one.

I also suggest reading all the quest investigation series and this one in audio as Greg B was absolutely fabulous.

In fact, I recommend reading all the books in this world as the people from those showed up at the end and one might be confused.

So in here we meet Nevan the magical water horse who is supposed to meet up with an assassin as he has been bound to an evil mage who kidnapped his sister.

Instead of the assassin, he meets Seb who is a nanny.

Right off the back the shenanigans ensue and these two adorable mcs fall immediately for each other.

I was so happy to get more Jordan time, please please please let me have his HEA.

From the epilogue of this tale, I am going to assume we will have more stories involving Nevan, well at least I hope so.

Also this was closed door sex scenes which I only accept from this writer.

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Fantastic Romp

Assassin by Accident written E.J. Russell and narrated by Greg Boudreaux was a fantastic romp through the Carnival of Mysteries; as well as E.J Russell’s Mythmatched universe. While a standalone story, it made me want to dive into all of past stories I might have missed! Great characters, engaging plot, and superb voice work by Greg Boudreaux.

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complex and fun

Greg Boudreaux's Nevin is drool- worthy! When I first read it, I could not hear Nevin's accent but this was amazing.
For a book that starts out as practically a comedy of errors.. if a rather dark comedy, the story and characters are very rich, but that is to be expected in this world that Russell has created. This world is complex and flushed out and filled with fascinating and in depth people. If you have read more in this world you may recognize many of the characters Seb and Neven run into but if you haven't you the story is not lessened for it.
Seb and Neven's story was so much fun and filled with action. Neven completely deserves someone who will care and live him as he is.

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Very fun

Amazing! I'm never disappointed in Greg Boudreaux's narration. Perfect character voices that draw you into the story and make you feel like you're there.

This has been such a fun world and I loved this story. Fans of the author will appreciate the cameos but it absolutely reads well as a standalone. The spice level is low. The one main scene is mentioned after morning after, so told rather than shown.

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Loved it!

I am a huge fan of the Myth-Matched universe already and this one was particularly good. After a case of mistaken identity, Seb and Nevyn have to prevent an assassination attempt and save Nevyn’s sister and have quite the misadventure in the process! This was so good and I loved the cameos by some favorite characters. Go Doop! Greg Boudreaux outdid himself with these voices and really elevated this audiobook to the next level. He is one of the best voice actors out there!!! Highly recommend this romp. It has quite the happy ending too. 🥰

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Mistaken identity leads to love and saving the day

E. J. Russell delivers a fun, amusing, endearing couple with an ensemble of side characters - both old favorites and new acquaintances. Greg Boudreaux brings the world to life, with accents, heartstrings and humor. The story is a lighthearted adventure to stop a villain and save a child, with love along the way. Enjoyed every minute of it.

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Magical

As with all of Russell’s books in this wondrous magical universe she’s brought us- this book is fun, romantic and beautifully written. And with Greg’s insane talent and amazing voice it only brings more magic to the series! Love so much! Can’t wait for more ❤️

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  • ChloeInBooksland
  • 08-16-23

Good enough

It was fine enough but one thing I hated was the fade to black smex scene.

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  • RjS
  • 10-06-23
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Great fun

Loved the story and the mentions of the Quest Investigation’s characters.

The narrator (particularly for Nevan) was perfect.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 09-07-23
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Perfect mix of story and performer

Have been working my way through some of the Carnival of Mysteries books and to get this one where that world has been combined with Russell's Mythmatched universe was great. Nevan's agreement with the mage turns out to have truly horrific conditions attached but when he mistakes Seb for his assassin partner we get to see them use brains and every trick in the book to outwit the mage, avoid becoming assassins and as things progress, find a way to be together forever. A wonderful story of two totally mismatched characters that work perfectly together. Greg Boudreaux was perfect for this story as he's a master at getting the humor, hard times and romance in a story.

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  • Edga
  • 08-31-23
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First class supernatural detective story.

Another lighthearted detective story, with some serious danger and excitement. Ms Russell's Quest Investigation books are so entertaining. These stories are comfortably addictive and I love how the characters from previous series' become friends, and all work together to solve the craziest of mysteries. Assassin by Accident is part of the new Carnival of Mysteries series, it's an entertaining read, about a nanny and a water horse shifter. The story flows beautifully, Seb and Nevan, searching for Nevan's younger sister working together effortlessly, while the attraction between them grows quietly but rapidly. It was so sweet how Seb looked after Nevan, especially since he was half his size. When Jordan, from Howling On Hold appeared, I very nearly cheered. He is one of my favourite fictional characters. He's so lovely, sweet, kind and just a little clueless, I can't wait until he gets his own book. I enjoyed everything about this story, the setting, the mystery, the romance, the supernatural and last but not least the characters. I was utterly captivated and drawn into Seb and Nevans world, I absolutely loved the audible, Greg Boudroux is a genius narrator. The accents, nuances, and humour he brings to his work is amazing. He totally brought all of the characters to life. Will definitely listen to again.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 08-30-23
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Loved it

I absolutely loved Seb and Nevan.
This was a quirky comedy of errors and hijinks.
There was lots of fast paced action, danger and drama as they try to rescue Nevan's sister from an evil mage.
Seb turned out to be a hero in disguise.
Greg did an amazing job portraying the different characters and bringing them to life.

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  • Meph666
  • 08-30-23
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Excellent narration for a great story

What an entertaining adventure romance from EJ Russell. I love that they have also incorporated their Quest Investigations series with some much loved characters.
Nevan is having the worst day, his little sister having been kidnapped and he's been sent on a quest by her evil mage kidnapper to meet with an assassin and then help them. Unfortunately, he meets Seb who seems like the unlikeliest of assassins with his happy and innocent ways. Much confusion, upset, determination and falling in love follows as the two men follow clues and instructions to save Nevan's sister and himself.
Nevan and Seb together, even with their initial misunderstanding, make for a wonderful couple to read. Nevan has so much going on but cannot help but notice Sebs' attractiveness, kindness and fierceness when it comes to helping Nevan with his tasks and keeping him alive. Seb is instantly attracted to the larger, grumpy man and when everything is unintentionally revealed, cannot believe the world that exists beyond what he is aware, though he goes with it extremely well. Just taking everything as it comes. They go on quite the journey together, it has a strong hurt/comfort element as Seb helps Nevan through with what has happened but also his negative self confidence.
I am a big fan of EJ Russell's and love the community that they have created. It's always entertaining, getting to read their stories and shenanigans, and Jordan and Doop bring the adorable innocence and passion for their job. The author is a fantastic world builder and it's s easy to fall into the world that has been created and feel the emotions of the characters.
This is my first book of the Carnival of Mysteries series and I definitely need to go and read the others.
Greg is a brilliant narrator that I look forward to listening to and he provides such good voices for the characters. I'm absolutely in love with his accent for Nevan and he brings every part of the story to life.

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  • 08-29-23
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Fantastic

Really enjoyed this book and the audio performance was on-point. The writing is hilarious and I couldn't get through it fast enough. A rollicking good story and a great addition to the Carnival!

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  • Nanta
  • 08-22-23
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awesome like always

I'm a big E.J. Russell fan and this book did not disappoint. even though this book is part of the multi author Carnival of mysteries series, this very much felt like a book in the mythmatched universe. I felt like you would definitely appreciate this book more when you're familiar with the rest of the world. I think it won't be too confusing if you haven't read them, but it'll be a plus.
I loved the two mc's, the humour, and just the whole story. if you like paranormal, shifters, and a lot of fun, this book / author is well worth a read / listen.

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  • zoe pappa
  • 08-18-23
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I loved it so much!

Nevan is a Welsh water horse shifter. When an evil earth mage kidnaps his six year old sister he makes a deal with the mage in order to get her back. But the price is too high.
Seb is a nanny and when he gets mistaken for an assassin by Nevan his life's biggest adventure begins. He enters a magical world, he finds love and he discovers himself.
I absolutely adored the chemistry between Nevan and Seb. Nevan was so incredibly kind but lonely, always seeing as a monster, and Seb was so caring and loving and helped him realize how wonderful he really is. They warmed my heart.
The book was full of adventure, action and surprises. I loved the pacing.
The narrator was amazing. He did a fantastic job bringing the story and the characters to life. I felt like I was watching a movie and I loved all the different accents. 

I higly reccomend this audiobook.

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