Author: Thianna Durston
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Urban Fantasy
Special-ops-turned-professional-killer Vespar McKauley is hired to take out Marcolm Rogers, son of his employer’s worst enemy. But Marc isn’t like any hit he’s ever done. He’s just twenty-one, he goes to a private university studying English Lit, and for fun, he plays computer games with his friends. No drugs, no partying, no crime. The day Vespar bumps into Marc and looks into his azure eyes, the world drops out from under him.
With his father in the Chicago crime syndicate, Marc and his mom have stayed out of the limelight, hiding from those who might harm them. He figures he’s safe at a small liberal arts university, all the way across the country. But midway through his senior year, he feels eyes on him and the shadows encroaching. Just as he’s about to run, he meets Vespar and experiences an instant attraction. When Vespar tells him he’s in danger and offers to protect him, Marc wants to believe him. But he’s been hunted before, and this time he isn’t sure he’ll get away. Especially when he finds out he is Vespar’s target.
I knew I would enjoy this series, and I wasn’t wrong. There’s a very subtle paranormal element, since the whole plot is based around this curse. But other than that it’s just your typical assassin-falls-in-love-with-his-mark-and-saves-him-instead-of-killing-him-story, which is a favorite trope of mine…
This was really well done. Yes, there was a strong insta-love component, because “something about Marcolm calms [Vespar],” inexplicably. But I felt their chemistry and believed when the relationship progressed. It didn’t feel forced, none of the flirting was stilted or cheesy. It felt natural.
I didn’t even really feel like we needed the epilogue, but I always appreciate a little check in with my characters. It’s a little pet peeve, when an epilogue is based around sex. The book had some steamy scenes and I didn’t feel like we needed an add-on. But it was really nice to see what the guys were up to.
I’m definitely gonna continue with this series. Can’t speak to the rest of it yet (I think each book has a different author) but I liked this one a lot. Action with feels. Some insta but not over the top, and definite chemistry. I knew I would enjoy this series, and I wasn’t wrong. There’s a very subtle paranormal element, since the whole plot is based around this curse. But other than that it’s just your typical assassin-falls-in-love-with-his-mark-and-saves-him-instead-of-killing-him-story, which is a favorite trope of mine…