Series: Killer Instincts #4
Published by berkley on April 1, 2014
Source: Advance Reader Copy, NetGalley
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Her job is to stay hidden.
Too bad he can’t take his eyes off her.
Soldier-for-hire Ethan Hayes is the youngest member of an elite mercenary team. While he may be affectionately nicknamed the rookie, the skills Ethan honed as a Marine make him seriously dangerous. But when a sudden distress call puts him in close quarters with a rival, he finds more than his field skills being put to the test.
Juliet Mason stands out as the master thief in a covert group of assassins and spies. Her latest mission is personal—and it’s gone horribly wrong. Juliet may prefer to work alone, but when the rookie comes to her aid in snowy Eastern Europe, she can’t deny they make a good team. But even up against a powerful enemy, their most challenging task yet may be fighting the passion between them...
This is my first Elle Kennedy book and while I liked it, I had a hard time with Juliet. This is one of those series where it helps to read in order. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t be confused or feel like you’re lost, but I think if I’d read the previous books, maybe I’d like Juliet more.
That’s the problem here. I didn’t really care about or for her until maybe three quarters of the way through. And that kind of sucks. But the story itself was good.
Juliet is a thief turned assassin. She’s very good at what she does. Her brother was killed and she’s going to find out who and why. But when she’s shot in the process, she calls her friend for help. Her friend is on her honeymoon however and she gets Ethan.
Ethan instantly catches a flight to Belarus to help. But once Juliet is out of death’s door, she tries to kick him out. She works alone.
Ethan for his part is only 25 so he’s called Rookie and Kiddo constantly, but he never lets it get to him. He knows Juliet only does that because she’s trying to keep him at a distance.
At one point he tells her that she’s been looking at him all wrong. He might be younger than she is, but he’s got stamina. (wink wink)
In the meantime, I like how he got under her skin, and I like how he proved she does after all have a heart.
But they can’t just go in guns blazing and get revenge. It turns out that Juliet’s brother was killed because he walked in on a professional hit. The victim was his fiancée. Ethan and Juliet pool their resources and figure out not only who is behind the hit, but that there’s a list with several other names. While Ethan wants to protect them, Juliet is ready to kill.
But ti’s not that easy. It never is.
They call in their teams and even though Juliet works alone, this time around she needs all the help she can get.
With time running out, and their position compromised, how will this play out?
***ARC courtesy of Berkley Signet