Release Date: February 2
I didn’t swear vengeance on the Severino Family after Ellie’s death. I was only a child after all.
I didn’t swear vengeance when my father, a coward who wasn’t man enough to seek justice for her, drank himself into a divorce.
Going after them would be a death sentence.
I chose to live my life in the shadows, seeking revenge for others.
That was until I ran into the very man that took Ellie’s life.
I can still smell the smoke clinging to my skin from all the bridges I burned because of that man.
Walking away was no longer an option.
Killing him would be easy, but taking the woman that was promised to him seemed like a better wager.
Exacting retribution through her was the gamble I made.
Surviving her now seems impossible.
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My ARC Review:
The 3rd book in this Mission Mercenaries series, not for the faint hearted, this is a dark and brutal series full of scenes containing captivity, abuse, violence (physical and sexual) and situations you would run from but the women held captive end up falling for their captors.
Hollis is a member of Angel’s team, the latest mission being a very dangerous one and Hollis is the first to offer his services. Hollis’ whole revenge outlook on life stems from the brutal killing of Ellie by the Severino family, this in turn led to his father dying from alcoholism rather than seeking justice for her. Hollis keeps busy, keeps tabs on the Severino family, but ultimately keeps himself away from them, until this new mission brings him face to face with both Severino brothers.
He knows he is going to die, but wants to exact his revenge before doing so. Both brothers are virtually untouchable surrounded by their security. But they have a woman with them, who appears to be in on their evil games, both brothers seem to be with her, so he decides that taking her from them would be his best bet.
Madelene has been sold to the Severino family to pay off her father’s debt to them. She is engaged to the older one but is tortured and abused by both of them. She has been taught to act and appear in a certain way, knowing the beatings and abuse she will receive if she steps out of line, ‘no’ is not an option for her.
After being taken by Hollis she is held captive by him, this was by no means an improvement on the Severino family, she finds she must now down to whatever Hollis demands of her, finding herself naked and exposed and on display for him, but not abused, as he makes her pay her ‘living’ debts off to him.
Hollis is only a step away from being out of control with Madelene, he finds it difficult to stay away, wanting her badly, yet never abusing her physically. He goes rogue from his team, saying he couldn’t find her, keeping her captive. Madelene knows she is safer with Hollis than with the Severino family, thinking they will come for her any minute, so know her life is forfeit one way or the other.
This was a good read, again a captive one much like book 2 in this series, except I didn’t quite get the connection with these two as much, Hollis is very much more standoffish and I didn’t feel the chemistry between them until much later on in the book. Still it was a great story line, I enjoyed the ending and there are definitely some surprises in there I didn’t see coming. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
Meet Marie James:
Let’s see…where to begin…
I’m inching up on the BIG 4-0. The gray hairs are doubling what seems like daily, and the wrinkles and laugh lines are more pronounced than ever.
I have an amazing husband (Married just over 15 years.)
We have two boys we’re doing our best to raise as respectful gentleman.
I have a master’s degree in criminal justice which I used to work as a juvenile probation office until deciding to write full-time in June of 2019. So that means there’s usually always some criminal/law element to my novels.
If I’m not writing; I’m reading.
My favorite genres recently are bully/reverse harem and enemies to lovers. Maybe I’m reliving my traumatic teen years through the girls who actually end up with the boys. (Not that I would change my history since it’s gotten me exactly where I need to be!)
I love coffee. I miss carbs. Music is LIFE. I try not to be too serious.
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