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FBI Special Agent Devin Lyons and Russian mob boss/FBI ally Andrei Panchenko have been at each others’ throats for years. Literally. They’ve had their hands around the other’s throat lots of times. When Andrei barely escapes a bold attempt on his life, government big shot James Jacobs decides to put Devin in charge of Andrei’s safety. After all, who better to keep the Russian alive than the man who wants to do the killing himself?
Andrei Panchenko knows two things as fact: Devin Lyons hates him. And the FBI agent is the sexiest man he’s ever seen. Forced into cohabitation, Andrei tries to figure out why the agent wants him dead. He has been nothing but honest in owning up to his crimes and kills only the vilest men who manage to escape justice. But still Lyons (who has his own violent record) treats him with contempt. In the meantime, Andrei notices a touching side to the man that he’s never seen before. And THAT scares him more than any gun.
Devin Lyons hates Andrei Panchenko. It’s one of the things in his life that he can count on. Until he’s forced to spend time with the ridiculously beautiful and sexy man. Seeing the “real” Andrei turns Devin’s world upside down until he’s not sure whether he wants to kill Andrei or make love to him.
A common enemy of both men is determined that neither will have the chance to do anything except die. When a life-changing secret is revealed, will the resulting fallout bring the two men together or separate them forever?
This is one of my favorite books in the Assasin/Shifter series – which is saying a lot because I love the series and I frequently re-read them. ( I was devastated when I found out of Sandrine’s death. I sincerely hope that we will get to see all of these books made into audiobooks and that maybe somebody will pick up the thread of her many series and continue where she left off. Undoubtedly it won’t be the same but I feel as though these are real people and I will miss not learning more about them.)
As for this, we have the classic enemies to lovers trope, mixed with some excitement and intrigue and amnesia! We have two men who are mortal enemies but who find out that there is more to one another than meets the eye. Since Devon Lyons ends up being a bodyguard for Andrei, he learns that Andrei is not the cold-blooded killer he portrays.
When you add in the sub-plot about Devon’s background you get a fully enthralling romance with loads of chemistry, humor and excitement.
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