Karina Halle delivered another great installment in this series, this time, a more suspenseful one that features Alana Bernal, Javier Bernal’s younger sister, the
hero antihero from the previous installment. While I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the previous installment, I liked it enough for me to give it 3(ish) stars. In my opinion this second installment had a lot of potential. I liked the premise, very intriguing and the writing was great, most of the time flawless, but I would have wanted the plot to be a little more developed at times.
Derek Conway is a war veteran, now a mercenary for hire, a trained assassin for the highest bidder. He changed “jobs” after his wife was killed in front of him years ago. Since then he became a shell of a man without caring for anything or anyone. When is hired to take out Alana Bernal, he is taken aback by her beauty and innocence. His protective instincts start to show the instant he lays eyes on her and all he wants is to keep her safe. Alana is the sister of the most notorious drug lord in Mexico. She doesn’t have a close relationship with her brother trying to live a “normal” life, working as a flight attendant, having some close friends etc.
Derek is ready to do his job, until he witnesses how Alana survives a horrific hit and run. He was fascinated by Alana before and also very curios to find out what had she done for someone to want her dead, but now he’s willing not only to find who wants to harm her, but also to protect her.
This second installment was not as exciting as the first one. At least not to me. Like I mentioned above, I liked the premise and I also enjoyed how the suspense aspect was done. While the story didn’t keep me at the edge of my seat liked the previous book in the series, I found it interesting enough.
I liked both main characters. Both these two characters’ backgrounds were well developed and both of them were portrayed pretty well. However, to be honest, I expected Derek to be portrayed as a darker character than he was. Since he’s a mercenary for hire and everything. I liked the way he was with Alana, but I expected for him to be more conflicted about…everything since he does what he does for a living. Also his “transformation” from anti-hero to hero wasn’t believable at all. Not to me, because the relationship between these two unfolded in a very short period of time. And that’s why I thought the romantic aspect was underdeveloped. Needless to say I didn’t feel too much chemistry between Alana and Derek. I liked them together in some way…their tenderness and everything, but I can’t say I connected too much with them as a couple.
About the Author
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.