I’ve been betrayed. A hit gone wrong. I’m hurt and hunted.
She helps me out of fear–an innocent snatched up in my bid to escape. I can’t let her live because she’s seen my face.
No survivors. No witnesses. That’s a code I live by and one I’ve always upheld. Yet when it comes to my petal, she makes me hesitate.
I want to taste her and make her mine in the most primitive way. Ravage her. Devour her. Allowing my need for her to take hold.
Unsure of who to trust, I feel the enemy closing in. I should set her free, but I can’t. I’ll discover who has a price on my head and I’ll end them, meeting blood with blood, and bullet with bullet.
Would she still want me when she sees me kill? Or will it scare her off for good?
When I first heard about a series written by different authors that are all focused on twelve individual assassins who work as part of the Cavalieri Della Morte run by Arthur, I knew that I was very intrigued. All thirteen of the standalone books are loosely connected and based around the idea of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, which is a concept that I loved. But this book more than lived up to my expectation, having read some great books in the series before. There was blood, kidnapping, torture, angst, heartbreak and love which for me makes up one hell of a story.
Kay has been a member of the Cavalieri Della Morte for years but being an assassin is in his blood. As a child Kay became an orphan with a past that is filled with bloodshed and heartbreak and he knows nothing but death. Taken in and raised by Paulo Jilani, Don of the Italian Mafia crime family he was always treated like an adopted son. He was taught to fight, turn off his emotions and kill. Despite Paulo having a legitimate heir in his son Mauro he has been grooming Kay for the role and to take over when the time comes. But not everyone is happy with this plan, including Kay himself. Kay has no intention of running the crime family and so he leaves to work for Arthur and joins the Cavalieri Della Morte. But the past has a habit of catching up with you.
Evelyn is a shy but feisty veterinarian who has always loved a very quiet life in England. Loved by her mum and step father she has never really travelled or experienced the rush of life. So when she wins an all-expense paid trip to Italy she jumps at the chance of having her first taste of freedom. But all of that changes before she even has chance to check into her hotel room when a gorgeous, wounded man gets into her car holding a gun and kidnaps her. Eve knows she should be terrified throughout her whole kidnap ordeal with Kay but she can’t help but feel something toward this dark, brooding man. He makes her feel safe, she is drawn to him and he turns her on more than any man ever has done. But can Eve really trust the man who kidnaps her and puts her in harm’s way.
I absolutely loved Kay and Evelyn’s relationship. Kay is instantly protective over Eve and he cannot explain why. When he looks at her he feels things that he didn’t know he was capable of. I loved Kay but the heartbreak he experienced, that made him who he is now, was awful. But despite being a tough, cocky killer he softens and shows Eve his sensitive side and when he realises his feelings for her he will stop at nothing to keep her safe.
Evelyn was such a great character for me. When we first meet her she comes off as being quite shy and meek, almost submissive which I wasn’t sure I would like. But that is quickly put aside when she sticks up for herself and fights with Kay at every turn. She doesn’t want to be attracted to him but she can’t help be drawn to him. Watching her fall for Kay and helping him to open up and learn to love when he thought he wasn’t capable was stunning to watch and made their relationship so much more believable.
In this book we are introduced to two more members of the Cavalieri Della Morte when we meet Gerwain and Ber. I loved both Gerwain and Ber and I was instantly intrigued by them and the relationship that they seem to have with Kay. They have such great banter and a fantastic friendship even when they are all apart. If the epilogue is anything to go by both Ber and then Gerwain will be getting their own great story and I cannot wait. I only hope that I get to see more of Kay because man is that cocky, broody man gorgeous!
Overall, I loved this book. It had everything I was looking for in an assassin story. There is death, intrigue, back-stabbing, sarcasm, banter, love and some incredibly hot sex scenes. I loved the friendships and backstory behind Kay and Eve and the more we learnt the more it drew me in. I literally could not put this book down having read it all in one day. I would recommend it to anyone and cannot wait for the next books in the series!
Note: I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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