Series: Dark Protectors #7.5, 1001 Dark Nights
Publication Date: December 8th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Buy Online: Amazon
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
For almost a century, the Realm’s most deadly assassin, Chalton Reese, has left war and death in the past, turning instead to strategy, reason, and technology. His fingers, still stained with blood, now protect with a keyboard instead of a weapon. Until the vampire king sends him on one more mission; to hunt down a human female with the knowledge to destroy the Realm. A woman with eyes like emeralds, a brain to match his own, and a passion that might destroy them both—if the enemy on their heels doesn’t do so first.
Olivia Roberts has foregone relationships with wimpy metro-sexuals in favor of pursuing a good story, bound and determined to uncover the truth, any truth. When her instincts start humming about missing proprietary information, she has no idea her search for a story will lead her to a ripped, sexy, and dangerous male beyond any human man. Setting aside the unbelievable fact that he’s a vampire and she’s his prey, she discovers that trusting him is the only chance they have to survive the danger stalking them both.
I have been waiting for Chalton to get his story and I’m glad that it’s finally happened. The Realm’s most deadly assassin, Chalton Reese is just as skilled with a weapon as he is with a keyboard but he put down his weapons to wage war from a keyboard. When the Realm’s secrets are in danger of being revealed by an ambitious journalist, Chalton is the only person the King can trust to unearth the traitor and contain the situation. What is expected to be a quick and easy mission becomes anything but when enemies and other interested parties make their presence known, including Chalton’s brothers whom he hasn’t seen in about a century.
Olivia Roberts’s career as a journalist is very ideal because she’s very nosy and persistent and when the secrets she’s privy to have the potential to save her best friend’s life, she is willing to go to any lengths to make that happen. But she doesn’t expect her well-being to be threatened nor does she expect the sexy and lethal male who comes to her rescue and makes her burn for him, but he’s the only one she can count on to keep her safe.
This was a fun ride from start to finish, with a feisty and smart heroine, a brooding and dangerous hero, danger, suspense, humor and a romance on the go. Chalton is logical and controlled and it’s only fitting that he gets his world upturned by a woman who is his direct opposite in temperament. When you add a matchmaking mama, a long-overdue reunion among brothers and a revenge plot, you get a fast and action-filled book that can’t be put down until the very last word. I only wish that there was more, especially about his background and the exploits that made him the greatest assassin ever.
While TEASED can be read as a standalone, I do want to say that to get the full picture of Chalton, it’s best to read the previous books in the series.
“Are you empathic?” he murmured.
She jerked. “No. I don’t think so.”
Interesting. “But you can tell a falsehood?” He’d never heard of an enhanced female being able to do so, but it could be an offshoot of empathic abilities, so it did make some sense.
“I just have good instincts.”
Ah, the lies humans told themselves to avoid anything they couldn’t rationalize with logic. He stepped right into her space.
“What are you doing?” she gasped, her chest rising.
He slid curly dark hair off her shoulder. “I’m facing a bit of a dilemma.”
Her head lifted, although her gaze only reached his lips and stayed there. “How so?” Her voice lowered to a breathiness that licked along his cock.
“I need a shower to wipe off the blood and grime, so my choices are to bind you or have you join me.” It was crazy, but he’d give his left arm for her to join him in the shower.
She half-coughed and half-laughed. “Are you hitting on me?”
His hand curled around her nape. “Yes.”
Her gaze lifted to his, and her pupils widened. “That’s insane,” she whispered.
“I know.” Hell, the woman was right. “But here’s the deal. My brothers won’t return for several hours, and then we’ll have to move again. I want you, and you want me, so let’s take the edge off so we can think.” His mind hadn’t been clear since he’d first sighted her two days ago, and he needed clarity. One good night, and he could get her out of his system. “What do you say?”
“I say you’re crazy.” She stepped back against the window. “If all I wanted was an orgasm to take the edge off, I sure as heck don’t need you for that.”
Humor bubbled up, and he full-on laughed. The woman was one of a kind. “Well then.” His hands slowly went to unbuckle his belt, and he drew the heavy leather through the loopholes, quite enjoying the way her breath caught and her eyes widened. “Plan B it is, then.”