Title: Wicked Pursuit (Bonds of Justice #3)
Author: Talia Carmichael
Publisher: Simply Sophisticated Publishing
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Page Count: 127
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
An unexpected meeting leads two men on a path that will change them both.
Giovanni Murray speeds home after getting a signal about his house on fire. When he gets there it’s true but the man who is sneaking up behind him is the one who captures his attention. The stranger’s claim of being there to help rings true but when the man’s determination causes an altercation between them Gio is intrigued by this man. Another sort of instinct is raised and Gio is willing to explore where it might lead. Now he just needs to convince the man who has captured his interest.
Mercer Nelson knows fires and it makes his good at his job as a fire investigator. The fire he calls in seems suspicious to him however the man who owns the house seems even more so. There is a look in Gio’s eyes makes Mercer’s instincts war between reaching for his gun or to kiss Gio to get the look out of his eyes. Even after the fire with Mercer on the case he finds himself at odds with his instincts. He still is captivated by Giovanni Murray yet wonders what is beneath his exterior makes Mercer want to have a gun to protect himself. As he gets to know Gio he realized that he is as complex as he seems but no matter if his instincts are screaming danger Mercer decides to go after him. He hopes Gio can handle it…then again from what he’s seen there doesn’t seem to be anything Gio can’t handle.
When the hunter becomes the hunted, it gets interesting to see who will win in this match of wills in a Wicked Pursuit.
***This is a rerelease. This book is best read in order as part of the series.***
I had rather fond memories of the previous book in this series. I somehow managed to miss this one, so finding the whole series is being republished was pleasant surprise. (Hope there is more in the works!)
This is completely, absolutely angst free story, from romance part to supporting characters and even suspense plot.
Mercer and Gio have an opposite of meet cute, and their personalities clash even while they are pulled in each other’s orbit. Their friends are there to edge them on. The story flows nicely, as the heroes try to find right footing around each other. Gio has forceful personality, but Mercer gives as hard as he gets, so the story holds up. The story has an easy flow and it glosses over hard part. It’s very simple and thus entertaining story. This was what I remembered most from Wicked Alliance book: it’s comfort read with enough sparks between heroes and evildoing to keep reader entertained, but not simmering in anticipation. It gives reader time to enjoy each interaction between men.