Tracking down Veilers—non humans—is only a sideline for Tess Damon. Vengeance for her fiancé’s murder is her reason for living. But with two botched jobs on her record, if she fails to eliminate her next mark, she’s dead.
She’s not afraid to die, but not before she gets even. Too bad fate has a really bad sense of humor.
Hugh Langston, a wolfen half shifter, lives to keep both humans and his pack safe. But when rogue humans kidnap his apprentice, his rescue mission is compromised by a hot-as-hell, kick-ass woman who makes him think only one thing: mine.
Tess tries to ignore her feelings, but temptation trips her up. Especially when Hugh figures out he’s her next target and forces her into an inconvenient alliance that tests all the laws against their attraction.
Now, with the line between good and evil getting blurrier by the minute, it becomes clear Tess’s only hope of living to see another day—and finding a murderer—lies with the one man she’s supposed to kill.
Warning: Contains one obscenely hot alpha and the woman who wants to love him before she kills him. Look out for a blind date, scorching sex, humor, lies, and untamable attraction.
Like urban fantasy and paranormal romance? Well that’s what you get with this book. I happen to be a big fan of both so I thought it was the perfect read for me. In most ways it was, but had a few minor problems along the way.
Tess Damon is an assassin of what are known as Veilers, otherwise known as paranormal beings. Not just any Veilers, only the ones that are villainous/evil. She works for a secret agency known as P.I.E., and spends the rest of her time doing extreme sports of all kinds. The reader first meets her when she’s aboard a flight with a vampire that is getting ready to kill her. Tied up and ready to be thrown out the open door of the plane, she manages to save herself, but finds herself in trouble with her boss for botching the job. I had a bit of a problem with that because she didn’t really fail, so what did she do that was so wrong? Anyway, under threat of death if she messes up again, he gives her the next assignment. Her target? Wolfen, Hugh Langston, the Alpha of the local wolfen pack, in LA. Tess takes one look and killing him is not what she wants to do with him at all!
I found this book to be more of a paranormal romance with urban fantasy components, because the heart of the story for me was the romance. Tess is described as being pretty kick ass as far as heroines go. I found her to be not quite as kick ass as the author would have us believe. After meeting Hugh on a blind date(big coincidence, right?) she throws herself into his world when one of his wolfen goes missing, even though he tells her NO. Several times. I got a bit irritated with her for awhile after that. Hugh, of course, is the typical Alpha male but also a really nice guy. He ended up being my favorite of the two characters. So why does Tess need to kill him? This is the question she needs answered, and meanwhile she is falling hard for him.
The lust between Tess and Hugh was pretty much off the charts. I was glad it wasn’t a fall into bed immediately story, and there was quite the build up to that part. The romance was the best part of this story for me, because I figured out the mystery very early on in the story. It didn’t ruin it for me or anything, and even though I was aware, it was fun seeing how the author gets to the end of the mystery.
This ended up being a fun romp, with a good romance and mystery, good characters, evil villains, a scary monster or two, life or death situations, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to all adult, paranormal romance/urban fantasy fans. I’ll be interested to see if the next book features Tess again, or one of her two roommates, who are also assassins. On a side note, I really did like the cover!