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I’ll admit that I have been putting off writing this review, simply because I’m STILL in book hangover over a week later and I just don’t want to say goodbye to Lily and Gavin. (Especially Gavin…**shakes my head**) I don’t generally just give away five star reviews. You’ve gotta prove it to me. But this whole series held me from the very beginning and would not let me go until the last word. Now I’m in the dreaded book hangover, and still want more. I haven’t been in hangover since I read The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series. There are just some characters that pack up their stuff and move into your head when you read a really great book. I guess I will have to resign myself to Lily and Gavin living in my head for awhile - I’m sure Lily and Tyrion will get along just fine (haha)
This is the best trilogy I have read...in forever, I’m having a hard time finding something to compare it to. Matter of fact, I’m tempted to buy it in paperback, just so I can sit it on my shelf.
Spoilers, folks, can’t do this without them:
The hunt is on as this book opens. Gavin is devastated, thinking that the cartel has killed his beloved Lily. He brings all of his vast wealth and influence to bear, calling in friends from his time in the service with one mission: destroy the cartel, burn them down and salt the earth. The group of special ops and black ops commandos are more than capable, and before long they have a plan to move. Then word comes back from the investigation: the body in Gavin’s apartment wasn’t Lily. Then the hunt really begins, because even though the chance is a slim one, there is the chance that Lily is still alive.
I was destroying my fingernails for the first 30% of this book, because while Gavin had no clue that Lily was alive, we the reader had no doubt. When the hitmen from the cartel discovered Lily in the apartment they couldn’t believe their luck - they had carried out the execution (they thought) on their target, and now had a fresh girl to sell on the black market to boot. They locked her up in an abandoned storage facility and began to make arrangements to sell her to the highest bidder. But Lily is tougher than they take her for and she soon turns the tables on her captors. (Great scenes, I was on the edge of my seat!)
This story was fast paced, and funny without being stupid. The characters only occasionally made me want to strangle them, but you gotta have conflict for a story right? (Isla, I’m looking at you - I really wanted to punch you.) Even though Lily managed to get herself out of some very hairy situations she didn’t come off like supergirl or like she was invincible. Her struggle to regain her sense of safety and security was very well done. I could easily see her suffering from a form of PTSD for years to come because of her experiences. And Gavin. Oh my lord, Gavin. He was just perfect. So patient and understanding, so protective. So...together, even though he was falling apart at the thought of losing her. Also, how can you not love a man who drops to his knees at every opportunity? (After all that’s how we know it’s FICTION, right? haha) Seriously, despite Gavin and Lily’s faults - and never fear, they both have them - you love them anyway.
Even with Lily rescued, the couple is soon faced with the ugly truth - the cartel is not going to stop, and they don’t care who they hurt along the way. Some good friends are lost, along with many innocent lives. They proceed with the original plan, along with the help of the FBI, Interpol, the Mafia, and various other outfits. But the cartel has a couple of aces up its sleeve; the leader is someone from Lily’s past, someone who knows her well. Therefore he knows just how to hurt her and draw her out by kidnapping a child she has a connection to. The tension and action ramps up and up to a conclusion that had me shouting at my Kindle.
I have to take a minute to shout out the supporting characters. Em and Max are so well written. I loved seeing how Lily’s “death” changed Em. This author does powerful drama work. I’m having a really hard time believing that this is her debut work(s). Max is spinning even more out of control in this story and just digging the hole he’s made for himself deeper and deeper. I’m really hoping for a sequel that focuses on him. And Em as well, although I’m not sure they should end up together.
This book almost gave me a heart attack there towards the end, but this one happily does not end on a cliffhanger. But it did leave me wishing for more.