Author: Kasey Michaels
Publication Date: March 2012
Genre: Adult Romance
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Three
Synopsis can be found here.
Jack, the third Blackthorn brother, has his work cut out for him. Him and his friends have been hired by the Crown to find his own mentor, who has disappeared into thin air. Jack must track him down before it's too late, because Jack isn't the only person who is after him. And he has only one advantage- his mentor's daughter, Tess, and Jack's old flame. Can they find her father in time?
This is my first Kasey Michaels book, the third in a series. I didn't mind jumping into a series at the third book. There was enough background and a glimpse of past characters that made it seem natural when they appeared. The story was intriguing and fun. Jack's mentor switched sides during the war, and has always been under the watchful eye of the Crown, in case he got up to his old tricks again. But nothing could prepare them for the crazy plan he has in store for them this time.
I liked Tess a lot. She's smart, I like that she talks too much and she has a fire in her. There were some twists and turns I wasn't expecting, which kept me reading well into the night. The plot was interesting and I liked the intrigue, the plans, no one being who they seem.
The only problem I have is Jack and Tess together. While I like Jack's character, he does come across as a little too much of a jerk. He's a bit too forceful, too rough and through most of the book, I thought the author was telling me how Jack felt about Tess instead of showing me how Jack felt about Tess. Because Jack's actions towards Tess were mixed, I didn't have a clear romance until the end. Yes, there were some hot scenes and panted breaths, but romance? A slow build, but I would have liked to have gotten there a little faster.
Overall, the book is a fun read. I would definitely pick up another Kasey Michaels book in the future.
Rating 6 Good But Wouldn't Own A Copy