Rogue (Deadliest Lies #1)

Author: Michele Mannon

Publisher: St Martin’s Press 

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

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Blurb: My lover is dead.

And they think I killed him.

I’m running rogue. Hell bent on both revenge and redemption. Whatever it takes, I’m going to finish a job that began nine months ago. An unauthorized assignment that turned horribly, devastatingly wrong. My miscalculation. My fault. My heart left shattered into incomplete pieces which will never wholly fit back together again.

But first I have to outsmart my former organization and the hired killer they’ve sent after me; a killer who knows my every move, who’s been inside my head, my heart, and my dreams.

I’m the traitor, Kylie. The rogue mercenary. Jaxson’s newest assignment. And this is our love story.

Review: What a fantastically confusing, erotic, hot mess of a story that started off with a bang and just kept going. There’s the past and then the present, and hooking them together to knit the plotline caused some confusion at first, but by the time I got going, the story began to unfold and I couldn’t wait for the next chapter!

Kylie was determined to find the men who’d killed her father and report them to anyone she could get to listen. Homeland Security, the FBI, whoever. She just needed someone to believe her and help her take them down. So when she was approached by the quasi-military private security contractor TORC, offering her a job watching them? Game on.

She knows her father was killed by Franco’s thugs. This is a chance to take him out, to get revenge for her father’s death. Plus, she was going to be able to afford the experimental treatments her dying mother needed.

It was also going to put her in constant contact with the man who worked all her senses–Jaxson. He was an infuriating giant of a man who knew just how to push all her buttons. But the more she learns about the team and what’s expected of her, the less appealing it becomes. And she also knows that if she screws up, the man she’s attracted to might be the one sent to terminate her.

Choices. Once you signed on to TORC, you lost your choices.

I really liked the suspense angle of this book. The plot was woven so tightly that it was difficult at times for me to figure out what was going on. However, I think that was part of the mystique. Kylie and Jaxson’s sexual chemistry was smoking hot, especially because it was forbidden. Co-workers were definitely NOT encouraged to have relationships. In fact, the agents at TORC were discouraged from having relationships AT ALL. They were considered liabilities, a weak link that could distract an operative in the field.

So the whole time, while you’re rooting them on, you’re also waiting for the other shoe to drop. And boy howdy, does it!

I had the great opportunity to read the one that comes after this and it’s just as hot and takes you even further into the plotline. Now I’m hooked!


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