Angela Giacomelli is a cop on her way
to prison - which, for all intents and purposes, is a death
sentence. Fortunately for her, sheís caught the eye of a
very powerful team - a team that wants to recruit her to
work for them. So she becomes Jax Cassidy, top operative for
the L.O.S.T. - Last Option Special Team. Now sheís
been sent to infiltrate and destroy a group that calls
itself The Solution. And that includes bringing down their
top assassin, Marcus Cross. What Jax doesnít know is that
Marcus isnít just the best at what he does - heís also a
vampire. And when these two first come face-to-face, neither
one is prepared for the visceral reaction they feel for each
Marcus Cross was left for dead by his
fellow soldiers in the hills of Afghanistan. He was ďsavedĒ
by Colonel Joseph Lazarus, an incredibly powerful vampire
and leader of the North American coven. Marcus is an
assassin for The Solution because he believes in what heís
doing and is a patriot. He is about to discover that
everything he has believed in is nothing more than an
elaborate lie created by Lazarus to further his own rise to
power. And Jax Cassidy is the catalyst for that discovery.
Individually, Jax and Marcus are like a
force of nature - together they can become unstoppable. They
discover that what they want most in this world is each
other - but it may already be too late.
by Karin Harlow is easily the most original and compelling
vampire story since Anne Riceís
Interview with the
Vampire. But itís much more than simply a vampire story.
Itís like paranormal romance meets romantic suspense meets
kick ass action-adventure.
From the first page, I was completely
drawn into the story. One thing I like about it is the
straightforward simplicity - even though the characters are
complex, they have definite back story, and there's a whole
other world involved - the story itself is never overwhelmed
by any of that. It flows.
All the characters were fully realized,
including the secondary characters. Even if they didn't have
many scenes I still felt as though I knew them. And Jax? By
the end of chapter four, she had become my new most favorite
heroine. The scene at the end of chapter four cemented that
and also happens to be, in my opinion, hands-down one of the
coolest scenes Iíve ever read.
Marcus Cross is sexy in a way that puts
the average, sexy alpha male to shame. He is a true
predator, and feels no need to apologize for what he is. He
completely owns it. But itís his ability to be gentle when
Jax needs it that stole my heart. Here is a man that, once
he comes to terms with his feelings, is willing to die for
the woman he loves - and knows he is most likely going to
have to. Marcus is a hero in the truest sense of the word.
The dialog throughout
always felt natural. Everything about the story just seems
realistic. Karin Harlow made me believe that other-worldly
beings could truly walk among us. This book doesnít have the
feel of a ďfantasyĒ at all; it feels like gritty,
The sexual tension was incredible. The
sex scenes were fierce and primal, and yet I would label
them love scenes, really - the feelings between Marcus and
Jax are beautiful. Each scene built on the last so that
their feelings were a natural progression.
Karin Harlow is the kind of writer that makes it seem easy;
sheís just that talented, in my opinion. I didnít want to
see the end of
and Iím anxiously waiting for the next book in the L.O.S.T.
series. Trust me, you donít want to miss this one.