Title: Vespar (Order of the Black Knights #3)
Author: Thianna Durston
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 4, 2017
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.38 stars out of 5
Special ops turned professional killer, Vespar McKauley is hired to take out Marcolm Rogers, son of his employer’s worst enemy. But Marc isn’t like any hit he’s ever done. He’s just twenty-one, he goes to a private university studying English Lit, and for fun he plays computer games with his friends. No drugs, no partying, no crime. The day he bumps into Marc and looks into his azure eyes, the world drops out from under him.
With his father in the Chicago Crime Syndicate, Marc and his mom have stayed out of the limelight, hiding from those that might harm them. He figures he’s safe at a small liberal arts university all the way across the country. Only midway through his senior year, he feels eyes on him and the shadows encroaching. Just as he’s about to run, he meets Vespar and experiences an instant attraction. When Vespar tells him he’s in danger and offers to protect him, Marc wants to believe him. But he’s been hunted before, and this time he isn’t sure he’ll get away. Especially when he finds out he is Vespar’s target.
I have to say that out of all the books in the series thus far this one is the best in regards to keeping with the assassin/killer aspect of the book, plus kept tying it back to the paranormal aspect as well. I say, well done! Seriously, this is my second book by this author and she does not disappoint.
I really liked how this author conveys to the readers that as the MC’s relive their lives from one time to the next that the only thing that stays the same is their likeness. Other than that everything is up for grabs including their age. For some this might have been obvious (the age part), but for me given the past books in the series, I always thought their age in relation to one another at the pivotal point was constant.
Thianna Durston does a wonderful job with characters in this book. The way Vespar “runs into” Marcolm and how their story evolves was enjoyable and kept me glued to the story. To see the bond/chemistry that builds between Vespar and Marcolm was not just hot, but turned into something beautiful in the end. I really enjoyed how the author built upon and kept reinforcing the deep connection between Vespar and Marcolm. How being near Marcolm put him at ease; how their bodies/souls recognized one another. Can I just say well done, because seriously…Well Done!
The ending to the book was beautifully written. It wasn’t rushed and nicely packaged at the end. It took a while for both characters to get their HEA, which IMO made it more realistic.
Just a little FYI: Even though this is part of a series, this book can be read independently.