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Evil's Unlikely Assassin

An Alexis Black Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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"Evil's Unlikely Assassin is a promising urban fantasy debut that features all that's great about the genre--action, attitude, and ass-kicking." (Jaye Wells, USA Today best-selling author of The Sabina Kane and Prospero's War series)

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 50 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.

©2018 Jenn Windrow (P)2019 Jenn Windrow

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Warmed Up To Story And Narrator

When I started listening to this story, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. I wasn't sure if Ms. Stephens was a good choice to tell me Alexis Black's story. Then as I continued to listen, I came to the conclusion that she was the perfect choice. Since this story is from Alexis' point of view, it would be strange to hear a man tell the story. And eventually I came to form, in my mind, what Alexis might look and act like. Her weapon of choice seemed to have a life of its own which I don't think I would feel if I went and read the book instead.

Ms. Windrow had me thinking of possibilities. It's possible that there's an Alexis Black out there somewhere. She has challenges both internal and the world around her. Now she doesn't fight evil on her own - she has a partner. There were times that I couldn't decide whether I liked him or not. That just shows how good the author is at her job. There's a lot going on here since Alexis has a really tough job. She's a strong female character and not worried about damaging a fingernail.

Once I finally got into the story, I had to listen every chance I got. I even got to enjoy most of the secondary characters. They all helped move the story along. Nothing felt out of place - that it didn't fit the scene. Does it make me mean that I actually started rooting for the enemy of the piece? Make no mistake, I didn't like him but knowing he was still around meant that my adventure with this author, maybe this narrator, and one kick a** woman isn't over yet.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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Great Audible Listen🎧 A Fabulous Urban Fantasy!

4.5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a well written, well told action packed story that immediately grabs your attention and holds it to the end. The storylines are interesting, imaginative and original. Jenn Windrow created a fascinating world with supernatural creatures, vampires, angels & shifters who live amongst humans. The lead character, Alexis Black, an anti-vampire vampire, who made a deal with the an angel so she could be returned to humanity. Part of her deal is to not kill humans and to capture vampires and work with a human partner, Reaper. She meets some interesting character, including an old vamp friend turned ghost, who is one of my favorite characters. The action in this book is non-stop, there is plenty of drama, suspense and some romance too. Jean Windrow, thank you for this great & entertaining story.

I listened to the Audible edition, Chelsea Stephens does a wonderful job narrating the story and bringing the characters to life. She sets the perfect tone for the story and adds the right amount of dramatic flair. She is an entertaining storyteller. Thank you for the great listen.

Thank you 🎧AudiobookObsession

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Pretty fun & I love the evil slant

Set in Chicago, Alexis is a reluctant hero looking for redemption. In fact, she’s got a payment plan to buy her way into redemption. It’s a hard bargain with a angel that let’s this vampire slay her way back to the side of good. I had a lot of fun with this book! It was more entertaining than I expected, and I have to hang my head in shame that I pre-judged the story based on the book cover. I adore urban fantasy and the description had my interest peaked but the book cover made me think this leaned more towards paranormal romance, which isn’t that much fun for me. I’m very happy to say that this book sits firmly in the urban fantasy genre while also having a few sexy scenes.

Reaper is Alexis’s handler, providing info on evil supernaturals for her to target. She has to kill one supernatural a night if she’s to keep both the deal-wielding angel and her on board inner demon (Eddie) happy. This is sometimes problematic and can be dangerous to any clueless civilians in the area.

Then there’s the chemical-tinkering doc Julian. He’s hunting for his twin sister Julia while also providing an injectable that can mask most supernaturals from detection for a short time. I did find the instalust thing between him and Alexis very sudden, even though I feel they are good for each other later in the story. They went to a club together to hunt for info on his sister’s whereabouts and they fall into a grinding dance routine… um… really? That was a bit silly. But I like how Julian has a big secret, and that gives him a little bit of depth.

There’s very few women in this story in general. Even Julia has few lines and is in need of rescuing (both from an evil vampire and some spilling out of her shirt). I would have enjoyed the story more if there had been another kick-ass lady or 3.

Nathan was fun. He’s one of Alexis’s oldest friend and he unexpectedly gets to ghost along for the ride. He’s the comic relief for the story, always making jokes and letting his baser desires dictate some of his choices.

The plot was pretty basic (rescue the damsel in distress and take out the big evil baddie awhile also proving you have control over your inner demon). The action was never far away and I was kept entertained the entire time. I look forward to seeing what Alexis tackles next. 4.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Chelsea Stephens was a good pick for Alexis. She sounded hard and deadly when she needed to but could also be sensual during the few love scenes. Her accents were pretty rough, but the British accent for Nathan smoothed out over the coarse of the book. Stephens’s pacing was perfect and there were no technical issues with the recording. 4.5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jenn Windrow. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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A good new take on vampires

A good new take on vampires; with one that is trying to get out of the “life” or her un-life as a vamp. Nice world building with out feeling that you are getting an info dump. You will meet a verity of people from various realms in immortal and mortal life. If you like your leading lady with snark and heart, able to hold her own in a fight without being over the top; then this is a series you will get into. I will enjoy getting more in this series.


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This Was FANTASTIC!!!

*I was given a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book*

in case you didn't notice, THIS WAS FANTASTIC!! When i looked at this title originally i thought "hey, this looks interesting, maybe I will have some fun with this." And oh was i right about this. Alexis Black is bad ass, funny, and a great main character. Her adventure was exciting, interesting, and I didn't want it to end. I got into this book more than I was exciting and i am happy to say I read 75% of it the day I started. Highly recommended.

*No Spoilers*
Lets start with what I consider as the most important part of a book, the characters. First we have Alexis (a bad ass vampire assassin) and her "team" Eddie, Reaper, Julian, and my favorite Nathan. I can honestly say that I enjoyed all of these characters greatly. When the story began, I was a little worried they would be your stereotypical roles. Blood thirsty vampire, pissed off tough guy, and Deadpool style comic relief character. I am happy to say I was wrong, while they do somewhat play these parts, all of the characters have depth, personality, and feel believable in their given circumstances. And I love the dynamic that developed between the group as the story progresses.


Chelsea Stephens did a great job with these characters. While some of her male voices sounded a little off, she never failed to bring out their personalities and emotions. Ans the book greatly benefited from her performance. And I am happy that she will being returning to narrate the sequel (based on the sneak peak at the second book).

The world was also very interesting, similar to other urban fantasies in which the world is like our own with some adaptations that come with the addition of vampires, ware wolves, and such. In this story the world felt believable even with these new additions. With the police agency VAU and the almost drug deal style of selling blood to vampires as a pretty accurate representation of what the world would probably be like if it had such beings existed.

And finally I wanted to talk about the writing, mainly the story itself. Starting off it took some getting used to, as there is little setup and you are thrust into an ongoing situation. This made figuring out which character was which, and who they are in the story a little challenging for the first few chapters. However, after this point it gets explained more and it is smooth sailing from there. And also (as I mentioned before) there were some moments in the story that really surprised me. They made the characters feel more real and gave an understanding to how they became the way they are. These moments really benefited the story and is what pushed it to 5 stars from what would be a solid 4.

Overall, this was a very well done urban fantasy book that I enjoyed greatly. I highly recommend it and I am excited to listen to the next part of Alexis Black's adventure. Very well done Jenn Windrow and Chelsea Stephens.

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Interesting premise, great execution

Really enjoyed this story. A lot going on, but all handled well. A couple times I thought I was going to get annoyed by a plot-hole, only to have it filled a few minutes later. I did skip past the sex scenes, so not sure how those were. I loved the dynamic between the main character and her work partner, and how it changed but (spoiler) no romance came up. Definitely recommend if you don't mind sex or violence, or are good with hitting the skip buttons a few times.

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Absolutely Amazing

Oh, hello Vampire! I am loving the series so so much! I have just finished with book one and I already want to see more. I was so captivated I didn’t realize when time flew by. Because it’s action and then more action. And later something happens and … yes, more action!

I am a sucker for vampires (haha!), so give me one bloody (literary) story and I am all yours. And our Alexis with her crowd of helpers and enemies is so amazing. She has fighting in her, she has strength and one hell of a vampire to back her up. I liked her resolution to do what it takes to get back her humanity and how firm she is in keeping away from blood.

Refreshing and intense, we have a gathering of beings, each with a special personality. The characters are not alike at all. People, actually beings, from opposite sides must work together to defeat a common enemy. There is so much action, you actually cannot spare a minute. There is something happening all the time… I love it !

I loved the narration as well. Chelsea Stephens is amazing! Her voice acting is superb! She kept me all the way with the characters and her way of being sarcastic, funny, enraged, a vampire, a ghost and all the other personalities, incorporating so many emotions… she does it flawlessly, in my opinion at least! (but others think the same, so … )

Suffice to say I have found a new favorite series and a new favorite author. I do encourage you to read this one, audio is even better. It has a little bit of everything you want. It’s entertaining and awesome. What more can you need? Happy Reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jenn Windrow. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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it took me time but...

I will admit I'm say honestly it's to Crete time and maybe 2 hours to get into the story I started two times and listen to other stories but when I decided that I will listen to the story fully I enjoyed it very much the story has everything and actually it was quite genius I loved it very much and the narrator was a very good one maybe a bit slow for me but I am usually listening to books speed out so it's okay it's just me but overall maybe it will take you time to understand the book and get into it but I wouldn't suggest you to miss this book because it's a great one
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Evil's Unlikely Assassin

If you had the chance to live again after you thought you had died, what would that look like? If there were stipulations to the second life—like fighting against your own to protect another race, would you still want to live? Windrow has one kick-butt assassin, who has a vampire soul and a contract to uphold in order to get her soul back. The story will immerse readers into a life filled with mischief and mayhem and is sure to be one that you’ll not want to put down.

Alexis Black is beautiful. Alexis Black is tiny. Alexis Black is ALWAYS hungry. With a contract on her hip, placed by one hotshot angel, she has a constant reminder of what she can and cannot do in order to earn her soul back. She has lived for one-hundred and fifty years and for every single one of those days, she has kept her nose clean. She hasn’t had a drop of human blood from the vein and has destroyed one supernatural EVERY night. It gets exhausting to carry out the same routine every day, but the reward is substantial to her and worth fighting the extra fifty years for. When a friend comes back to town after she almost lost her battle to a few humans baiting her in an alleyway, she has run out of options. As the night nears its end, she is forced to do something that she knows she will regret. Little does she know, in the days that follow, she would be doing a lot more of the things that she would always regret, especially once a major vampire leader has turned rogue and started to build an army. Not even the Behavioral Analysis Unit for vampires can hold them in check as their numbers grow to an all-time high in mere days. Alexis, her work-in-progress friend Reaper, and two unsuspecting individuals have formed an alliance to save the humans from the vampires, a bond almost like family. Can she protect her family and be the hero when her inner beast, AKA Eddie, learns how to start taking control of the wheel?

Windrow has a superb story-line, filled with creativity, originality and intriguing characters. The pace is very quick, but easy to follow. There is action and suspense lurking in the shadows and in every corner. With war waging among the vampires and humans for freedom, Alexis doesn’t know who she can trust. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, Stephens provides wonderful voice relay for all of the characters within the story. Her narration makes the novel lively and enjoyable for the reader. This is the first installment in the Alexis Black Series; therefore, the reader can jump right in to the action. If you are a reader of paranormal romance, suspense and fantasy, you may enjoy this story.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Evil’s Unlikely Assassin by Jenn Windrow.

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Thrilling!

This book is action packed! The main character is fun, snarky and bad a@$. The story seems to have lots of supernaturals and cool surprises. It felt like an awesome action movie. Great characters and awesome narrator. I received this audiobook by my request in exchange for an honest review from Audio Book Boom.

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  • Mandy Sawyer
  • 03-21-19

Bloody brilliant

What a great book! Fantastic storyline, great action and perfect characters. I connected with this book totally. The humour is refreshing and I really want more. Can’t wait for book 2. Amazing performance from Chelsea, she brings Jenn’s characters to life so well.

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  • medy
  • 02-27-19

Evil's Unlikely Assasin


I like the story in this audio book It is well written. Jen draws you into her world and just as you get comfortable and start to sink into the story and she hits you with a twist.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 02-23-19

Can’t wait for book 2

Vampire Alexis Black wants to be human again so she makes a deal with an Angel , she has to kill one vampire , werewolf or other dangerous supernatural every night for 50 years. What the Angel fails to mention is the vampire with a blood lust that rides shot gun in her brain and her side kick who hates all vampires.
When a vampire with a grudge starts attacking humans in her city Alexis risks everything to ensure safety to the humans but to do this she must embrace the inner beast and trust her side kick.
I really loved this book and Chelsea Stephens did such a great job narrating.