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Assistant to the Villain
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Assistant to the Villain
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ASSISTANT WANTED: Notorious, high-ranking villain seeks loyal, levelheaded assistant for unspecified office duties, supporting staff for random mayhem, terror, and other Dark Things In General. Discretion a must. Excellent benefits. With ailing family to support, Evie Sage's employment status isn't just important, it's vital. So when a mishap with Rennedawn's most infamous Villain results in a job offer-naturally, she says yes. No job is perfect, of course, but even less so when you develop a teeny crush on your terrifying, temperamental, and undeniably hot boss. Don't find evil so attractive, Evie. But just when she's getting used to severed heads suspended from the ceiling and the odd squish of an errant eyeball beneath her heel, Evie suspects this dungeon has a huge rat . . . and not just the literal kind. Because something rotten is growing in the kingdom of Rennedawn, and someone wants to take the Villain-and his entire nefarious empire-out. Now Evie must not only resist drooling over her boss but also figure out exactly who is sabotaging his work . . . and ensure he makes them pay. After all, a good job is hard to find. Contains mature themes.
ASSISTANT WANTED: Notorious, high-ranking villain seeks loyal, levelheaded assistant for unspecified office duties, supporting staff for random mayhem, terror, and other Dark Things In General. Discretion a must. Excellent benefits. With ailing family to support, Evie Sage's employment status isn't just important, it's vital. So when a mishap with Rennedawn's most infamous Villain results in a job offer-naturally, she says yes. No job is perfect, of course, but even less so when you develop a teeny crush on your terrifying, temperamental, and undeniably hot boss. Don't find evil so attractive, Evie. But just when she's getting used to severed heads suspended from the ceiling and the odd squish of an errant eyeball beneath her heel, Evie suspects this dungeon has a huge rat . . . and not just the literal kind. Because something rotten is growing in the kingdom of Rennedawn, and someone wants to take the Villain-and his entire nefarious empire-out. Now Evie must not only resist drooling over her boss but also figure out exactly who is sabotaging his work . . . and ensure he makes them pay. After all, a good job is hard to find. Contains mature themes.
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  • Hannah Nicole Maehrer is a fantasy romance author and BookToker with a propensity for villains. She is author of the Assistant to the Villain series.
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  • AudioFile Magazine In this audiobook, Evie Sage is navigating financial challenges and takes on the role of assistant to a notorious villain, diligently managing office tasks and supporting his exploits. As her attraction to her mysterious boss deepens, the twisty plot unfolds, weaving a tapestry of intrigue and suspense. The emergence of a mysterious saboteur threatens the villain's empire, introducing an element of danger that adds complexity. Despite occasional pacing hiccups and minor pauses, Em Eldridge's narration adds a subtle depth to the characters. Eldridge's voice work, while not overly expressive, plays a role in making the audiobook a compelling journey into the captivating world of Evie and her enigmatic employer. F.S.M. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine
  • Library Journal

    January 1, 2024

    Debut author Maehrer's TikTok series--turned--novel follows Evie, a chirpy personal assistant who catches the eye of her boss, a decidedly grumpy dark lord. Though it seems she may have magic of her own, Evie must keep her job in order to support her family--which is why she initially rationalizes hanging around Massacre Manor after the first stray eyeball squishes beneath her stiletto-heeled boot. In a departure from similar retellings of "Beauty and the Beast" (see Diana Wynne Jones's classic Howl's Moving Castle and Naomi Novik's more recent Uprooted) wherein a beastly wizard's employer's reputation is undeserved, Tristan, the Villain, actually is murdering people. The change adds some grimly funny moments but is undermined by audio narrator Em Eldridge's plodding pacing, which draws attention to Maehrer's repetitive and underworked prose. Fans of the TikTok series will likely be disappointed in Eldridge's wooden characterizations, which lack the infectious, unselfconscious glee of Maehrer's TikTok skits. The novelization of a viral video series might attract an audience but is less than magical as read by this narrator. VERDICT A possibility for listeners seeking a grumpy-sunshine romantasy, but an otherwise optional purchase.--Lauren Kage

    Copyright 2024 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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