Author: SC Wynne
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Marc Francis is a paid assassin. Other than that, he’s a pretty normal guy, like how he’s got a little thing for the blond guy in 39D. Just a normal guy with a normal crush, until one of Marc’s enemies tries to get the drop on him in the elevator and then it’s the blonde cutie to the rescue: Dillon Carter, from 39D, sacrifices his potted plant to save him.
Instantly, Marc and Dillon develop a strong sexual connection. As the months go by, while they steal time together, it develops into something more. But Marc doesn’t really do relationships, and Dillon worries Marc will never be able to love him back the way he needs.
Also, when you’re a paid assassin, not everybody is rooting for your happy ever after.
Review: I really liked this novella. It’s action packed. Full of tension and sexy as hell. It doesn’t hurt that Marc is an assassin and I LOVE assassins! It was pretty much a must read for me and I’m so glad I picked it up. It does end of a cliffhanger. I know. I don’t love them either but I’m not upset I read it. As soon as I finished I went directly to the author’s FB page to look and see if there was word on book 2 and apparently she’s writing it. So no worries. If you hate them you won’t have to wait long for 1 and 2. If you enjoy a little anticipation pick this one up right away. I really really liked it.
The book starts off with someone trying to off Marc in an elevator and his neighbor, who he’s crushing on, comes to his aid. Seemed like the thing to do at the time but this brings Dillon into the dark world Marc is entrenched in. A place someone like Dillon has no business being in. Marc knows he should just kill him but he doesn’t kill innocents. He also doesn’t want to. The danger seems to crank them both up and things get hot fast. The danger isn’t over yet. It’s coming for them. When it does Dillon gets a very real look at what it is Marc does. It’s terrifying and shocking but Dillon can’t help but want Marc anyway. Marc knows attachments aren’t something a guy like him can have. However he can’t resist coming back to Dillon for more even though it puts both of their lives in danger.
You definitely get the feeling of impending danger in every moment of this book. I think that may have made Marc coming back to Dillon over the months have a bigger impact on me emotionally. It’s not as easy as just stopping by on business trips. He knew he was risking everything but he couldn’t stay away. I felt his need and desire to finally have someone, specifically Dillon, in his life. He certainly had a raw angry intensity tempered by moments of vulnerability that I found particularly appealing. He was pretty damn sexy. Dillon’s willingness to hold onto whatever they had for as long they could have it made for wonderfully desperate love story vibe that I totally fell for.
I think sometimes these stories can come off cheesy but this one totally worked for me. The characters were complex. Not always likable but that just added to them IMO. I liked all the action. I was scared of the baddies. Dillon and Marc were totally sexy together. This was one of the few insta love/lust books that worked for me. Maybe because you’d think they were doomed from the beginning. They certainly got to know a lot about each other quickly. People trying to kill you seem to push things along at a faster pace. Plus the guys just had an undeniable chemistry between them. I definitely recommend this one. I’m looking forward to the next one!