on November 4th 2014
Amazon • Narrator: Allyson Ryan
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Jim Morgan and Noelle Phillips have had a contentious relationship since book 1. None of their operatives knew why Jim and Noelle hated each other, only that the feelings of animosity were palpable when they are in the same room.
In this book, the author gives the background to this volatile relationship by alternating past and present every other chapter. The narrator does an excellent job with so many characters because this installment had a lot of moving parts.
18 years ago, a young Jim Morgan seduced a 17-year-old Noelle Phillips to gain information on Noelle’s dad who was on the government wanted list for selling intelligence to the foreign enemies. The information resulted in the apprehension and death of Noelle’s father. Noelle was devastated at Jim’s betrayal and vowed vengeance.
In this book, Noelle receives a call from a client who wants her to murder Jim Morgan and it seems like Noelle finally got an offer she couldn’t refuse. Except she told Jim and they decided to work together to uncover who wanted Jim dead.
The heat and chemistry between those two was among the highest I have ever read. They were wildly attracted to each other but there was no trust and no forgiveness for past wrong. This new assignment allowed Noelle to address her grievances and Jim to make amends. I was hoping the “D would be part of the equation, but this was a second chance romance trope and “D was a third wheel.
Allyson Ryan did an amazing job on this book. I was never lost in this audiobook. I loved the voices she used for each character because it was believable. The author didn’t disappoint in Jim and Noelle’s story which was my fear since the author has been alluding to it for 4 books now. I like them together and I understand why Noelle was so prickly and caustic. She had been constantly betrayed at a young age by those she trusted. She had been through a lot and survived through sheer grit and inner strength. While I hadn’t liked her in prior stories, having her background made all the difference. It also allowed me to understand Jim’s journey and sacrifice. The action in this book was constant and the plot was really interesting. I was entertained as the stubborn protagonists finally addressed the elephant in the room, their love. It was slightly angsty but the ending was expected. This was my favorite in this series. This book utilized many of the supporting cast we have met and it set up two new storylines. I am glad Jim and Noelle finally got over their hate and moved on to love.
*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.