Author: Andrea Speed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 22nd 2017
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense / Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 1.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Violence has been Lochlann O’Connor’s companion since he was born into a family of old-school Irish terrorists. From there he is recruited into Alpha, a secret government agency dedicated to fighting terrorism—with extreme prejudice. Lochlann’s bravery, efficiency, ruthlessness, and the natural dead eye that lets him hit anything that moves, quickly make him one of the shadowy organization’s most valued operatives.
Cas Vega joins Alpha because it’s marginally better than a prison sentence. He’s a former drug cartel assassin—or at least that’s his story. But Lochlann is suspicious. Despite an irrational and overwhelming attraction to Cas, Lochlann has questions, and they soon lead to a deeper and deadlier mystery. What is Alpha’s true purpose, and why does it seem they want to eliminate Lochlann?
Lochlann and Cas must work together to get to the bottom of Alpha’s scheme and escape it—and all while Cas keeps secrets that could cost him his life if they’re revealed. But it’s not an alliance that can last. Duty turns the men into enemies, even while fate compels them into each other’s arms. Before they can contemplate which will prevail, they must figure out how to survive.
This was the first book from the Order of the Black Knights series I’ve read. It works perfectly as a standalone. It is also my first book from the author. I’ve been intrigued by her work a little while, but I haven’t read anything until now. It was a nice first impression and I’ll be looking for more of her books.
I liked the plot a lot, it was really interesting. What liked the most of the book was the mystery and the constant guessing who can be trusted. It was slow paced for a big part of the story, but it also alternates with some fast action moments. The paranormal part of the book is almost absent, but the brief moments it was there, helped me understand how the series works.
The characters are both very nice and a mystery themselves. I liked them both, although on terms or romance, it didn’t worked too well for me. It’s not really tag as a romance by its publisher but I was expecting some, and there is a little bit of it, but is not the main focus of the story. I didn’t feel like there was much chemistry between Lochlann and Cas. It was nice to try to understand how such personalities would come together, but this part really wasn’t the best part of the book. There was a secondary character that I loved, Inga was amazing, I care for her as much as I care for the main characters, if not even more.
Overall it was an interesting book to read. It really put my attention on this series and I’ll be looking for the previous and next instalments.