Review: Olivier (Order of the Black Knights #7)

41nK-pid7MLAuthor: T.J. Nichols
Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Genre: MM, PRN

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary: Olivier Merlo works for a dangerous man. He does what he’s told without asking questions because he needs to protect his sister and niece. When someone gives his boss trouble, Olivier does what he does best. It’s a routine hit—until the victim’s brother starts poking around.

Cody Anders left his family behind a decade ago—along with their wealth and influence—to live on his own terms. Still, he knows his twin didn’t die of a drug overdose, and he’ll do anything to find the truth. What he uncovers is a conspiracy that will topple his family and leave him staring down the barrel of a gun.

Olivier must decide if he’s going to obey orders or free himself from the curse that has guided his hand for centuries. Cody, who challenges Olivier’s notion that no one can love him, holds the key to breaking his chains. But when the truth finally comes out, it might be more than Cody can accept. (less)

Review: I read Book One of this series and liked it fairly well, and at least got an idea of the paranormal aspects, mostly quite minimal, which I appreciated. T.J. Nichols is a new author for me and I enjoy expanding my literary experiences. Offered in alternating POV’s we get thoughts and reactions from Olivier, hitman for a businessman/crimelord, and those of Cody, outcast son of a wealthy man, unaware of his fathers ties to criminal activity. They meet when Cody, returning for his twin, Conner’s, funeral, begins to search for answers to his brothers death. Olivier, who delivered the fatal blow (pun intended), is set to keep a watch on Cody, after he discovers Conner was keeping secrets and that his father’s activities may have had a role in his death.
I did enjoy parts of this, as I’m a sucker for criminals falling in love with a mark, and mysteries, but it came up lacking in areas. The only mystery was why Connor was killed and why the information he passed along to Cody, was important to so many. It became rather convoluted and there was too much info-dump about the criminal organizations and connections. I also never felt enough attraction between Cody and Olivier. Sex scenes weren’t even used to build emotion or passion, when all two of them were over in a blink. I liked some of the action scenes, the additional dangers they faced and the confrontations with Olivier’s boss and Cody’s father. I disliked the death of the sister and the limitations it put on the ending, leaving it without a strong HFN, making the story feel incomplete.
It was paced well and kept my attention enough to continue, and the technical aspect and editing was good. I might read others in the series, as there are some authors whose styles I’m more familiar with. However, this particular story couldn’t take me past the merely liking it stage.

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