Title: Jaeger (Order of the Black Knights #4)
Author: Evelise Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 10th Feb, 2017
Genre(s): Danger, Mafia, Paranormal
Page Count : 200
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
US Marshal Jaeger Tripp is assigned to the Federal Witness Protection Program. The hurt and destruction he’s seen—along with protecting criminals who are only cooperating with the authorities to keep themselves out of jail—have left him with a bleak and jaded view of both life and people. His current assignment is Wren O’Riley, a computer wizard who witnessed a high-profile cartel hit.
To Jaeger, Wren is the same as any other job. He must protect him long enough to get him to testify at trial, and his personal feelings have no place in his work and must be set aside. But that’s easier said than done. On the run and fighting for their lives, Jaeger and Wren can’t help but grow closer. And Jaeger can’t help seeing beyond Wren’s nerdy exterior to a man who might be just what Jaeger needs to settle his soul and capture his heart—if they survive long enough to get that chance.
‘Jaeger’ by Evelise Archer is the fourth installment in the ‘Order of the Black Knights’ series. Moriel is back and this time we meet his fourth black knight, Jaeger of Germania.
Keeping with the theme of cursed heroes here we have Jaeger whose hate for the rich and privileged leads him to sign a pact with the wizard, Moriel. He becomes a skilled assassin who throughout his various lives shapes history but is cursed to always be alone. He is doomed to kill his ‘soulmate’ in every life just to be born again to repeat the same fate over and over.
In his present life, Jaeger Tripp is an US Marshal and he gets tasked to protect the star witness against a major drug cartel, Wren O’ Riley. Wren is determined to bring his family down but he needs to remain alive for one whole month before the trial.
Jaeger hates Wren coz of all that his family represents and he is also not buying the fact that Wren is an innocent party in his family’s illegal dealings. But Wren burrows under his skin with each passing day and Jaeger can’t deny the connection that develops between them.
”Jaeger’s desire to have Wren in his bed seemed to override any other need he’d ever experienced. He was drawn to Wren O’Riley on a level other than physical.”
Wren falls for his dangerous and sexy protector even though he knows that Jaeger will be lost to him after the trial just like his old life.
”Wren felt as though a connecting thread wove their two souls together and bound them by some unexplainable force. As though a seed had been planted ages before, yet he knew he had never crossed paths with the marshal.”
”Jaeger was a siren call that Wren couldn’t resist.”
Jaeger and Wren are on the run as cartel thugs try to kill them. I liked the feel of the danger as the MCs try to remain one step ahead of their enemies. Jaeger had the whole badass, ‘get things done’ attitude down and he was totally sexy doing his stuff. There is a major twist in the plot when the real culprit is exposed and the couple had to fight with all they got to survive. The bad guys do get their dues along the way so it was quite a satisfactory ending.
The couple had a sizzling chemistry and the sparks ignite continuously. The danger mixed with the passion was a heady combination. Their centuries old bond is an unexplainable force which brings them crashing together.
”Wren wanted to melt into the marshal’s arms and run for his life at the same time. Both ideas scared the living shit out of him and excited him. Jaeger was an enigma, an onion with many layers. Wren could take a lifetime to peel back each one and find the true Jaeger Tripp. And Wren wanted those years. He couldn’t explain it, but the attraction was not only about lust, but survival and safety. Even with Jaeger’s brash attitude and sometimes-condescending tone of voice, Wren still wanted to be in his arms, to place his lips on every part of his body and feel the warmth of his embrace. Of course he wanted to be fucked by him too, in the most carnal way.”
The paranormal part of the story makes an appearance almost at the end of the book. Jaeger is given a second chance by Moriel to break his curse by claiming his love. The time jump of the whole thing is a little jarring but it is caused by magic so that kind of justifies it.
I just found one thing in the story as very strange.
- I did not get why Javi Chino was so hellbent on killing Wren. Wren was about to put his own uncle behind bars and thus eliminating Javi’s competition so he should have been totally behind Wren being the witness.
Overall, I loved the writing, the characters as well as the thrill caused by the looming danger on the MCs. It was action packed with enough passion to make it an exciting read which will hook your interest till the very end. Great addition to this series. I will be waiting for the next badass Knight and his journey towards redemption.