Those conversations are in a fantastic novel named Poison Study written by Maria V. Snyder. It was really hard for me to close the book once I opened it. I think the book is categorized in fantasy books, especially in paranormal romantic novels, but the story setting is quite horrible. The heroine is a murderer and the person she falls in love with is an assassin…
Yelena, the heroine, is in prison for murder and is awaiting execution. But she is offered a choice: going to the gallows or becoming a food taster for Commander. At least you’ll know when you die if you choose the capital punishment, but you may die with the next bite if you become a food taster. Besides, you have no day off, no salary, no freedom, and it’s a lifetime position if you choose the role.
“I’m not a fool.” She says that and chooses to become a food taster. She has to face many dangers through the story. It’s because not only of poisons but also of intrigue and betrayal. This book is full of nervous excitement, and also romantic.
The opening sentences are the conversations between Yelena and Valek, who is her boss and the head of espionage agent and the professional assassin, in their enemy’s prison, where they are finally alone and know their true feelings each other.
Actually, Poison Study is not one-shot. It’s the first part of the trilogy: Poison Study, and Magic Study, Fire Study . You can’t take your eyes off from Yelena’s journeys once you step into Ixia and Sitia, I mean once you open the first volume. Why don’t you go off adventure together with Yelena? I highly recommend Snyder’s impressive Study series.