Exit Strategy by Lena Diaz

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Series: EXIT #1
Published by on June 30, 2015
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four-stars

Lena Diaz launches her thrilling new series featuring the undercover vigilantes of EXIT Inc. with a skilled operative putting his life—and his heart—on the line for a woman in trouble...

When Sabrina Hightower awakens to the sound of an intruder, she figures he's there to rob her, murder her— or worse. She doesn't expect to be carried off by a muscle-bound stud with male-model good looks... or that he came to rescue her.

Mason Hunt became an enforcer with EXIT Inc. to eliminate the bad guys—terrorists, militia groups, all those who would do America harm. But his latest target is innocent. If EXIT could lie about sultry, strong-willed Sabrina, what darker truths might they be concealing?

Going rogue in the rugged North Carolina mountains, Mason risks everything to keep Sabrina close, especially now that EXIT's lethal assassins are chasing them down. The heat is on... but it's nothing compared to the slow burn of seduction.

This is the first time I’ve read a romance where the hero is hired to kill the heroine. He’s not a hitman, rather he’s more of an assassin for the good guys…or is he?

In this spin-off series of The Deadly Games series, Mason Hunt is ordered to execute Sabrina Hightower. But after one look into her eyes, and he just can’t believe she’s funding terrorism cells. So instead of killing her, he kidnaps her. As he’s on the run with her, one of EXIT’s other hitmen (I hesitate to use the word hitman, because they also rescue and help. They only take out bad guys) tries to take her out since Mason is obviously running off with her.

But the contact Mason meets isn’t someone he’s ever met before, so he doesn’t trust him yet. He won’t trust anyone until he sees proof that Sabrina is truly innocent and the orders to kill her were falsified. If that’s true, it turns his whole world on its head. Could you imagine thinking you were a hero, taking out the worst of the worst in the world, only to find out that they could have been innocent?

That’s exactly what happens to Mason. Now he’s spending his energy on keeping her safe, and finding out what is going on at EXIT Inc. They were supposed to be the good guys, so what it the world is happening?

I liked this. I think the suspense was well-done, and I think the story was a new take on a hero. I know I’ve seen a lot of hitmen as heroes (I’m looking at you Kresley Cole!), but in that sense, they aren’t pretending to be anything but what they are. Here, we have a good guy who maybe isn’t as good as he thinks, and I ate this up!

While this is a spin-off series, Ive been told you don’t need to have read the other series to read this one. I haven’t and I didn’t feel I missed anything.

So, if you’re looking for a well-plotted, well-written Romantic Suspense, this is a new author to me, and has quickly become an auto-buy.

***ARC courtesy of AVON

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