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Olivier (Order of the Black Knights #7) by T.J. Nichols

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/olivier-by-tj-nichols-8708-b

Blurb

Olivier Merlo works for a dangerous man. He does what he’s told without asking questions because he needs to protect his sister and niece. When someone gives his boss trouble, Olivier does what he does best. It’s a routine hit—until the victim’s brother starts poking around.

Cody Anders left his family behind a decade ago—along with their wealth and influence—to live on his own terms. Still, he knows his twin didn’t die of a drug overdose, and he’ll do anything to find the truth. What he uncovers is a conspiracy that will topple his family and leave him staring down the barrel of a gun.

Olivier must decide if he’s going to obey orders or free himself from the curse that has guided his hand for centuries. Cody, who challenges Olivier’s notion that no one can love him, holds the key to breaking his chains. But when the truth finally comes out, it might be more than Cody can accept.

Review

This is a series that is written by different authors and each book can definitely be read as a standalone.

The basic premise is that the MC makes “a deal with the devil” – in this case an evil sorcerer – in return for vengeance – but with a steep price. All he has to do is forgive an enemy and he’s released but that seems to always be difficult.

In Olivier, our MC struggles with what he calls his darker nature, a need for violence and that supersedes his conscience sometimes. When he meets Cody, though he falls for him, his drive and fear keep them separated.

While the mystery and action in Olivier are good, I have to say that the romance isn’t so great. Olivier is definitely hard to like and more anti-than hero.

There was a lot of potential and some definite sexual tension followed by some smexy times, but the pay out at the end is not very fulfilling and I didn’t walk away from this feeling good about our couple. It’s definitely more HFN than HEA but a weak one at that.

It was definitely entertaining and I still really like the overall premise of the series, but this wasn’t my favorite.

3.5 of 5 stars

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