Review: Black List by Lynn Raye Harris

black listTitle: Black List

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Art appraiser Dr Madeline Cole

The hero: Mercenary Jace Kaiser

The blurb: The assignment should have been easy. Capture a deadly assassin and take her to HQ. But flawed intel leads to disaster, and Jace abducts a beautiful art appraiser instead. Intrigued by her courage, he’s drawn to her in ways he can’t explain. Dr. Madeline Cole stood up to him, fought for her identity, and never backed down. She’s the kind of woman he could fall for if it wasn’t so dangerous–for her.

Then Maddy is targeted for elimination because she’s the sole person who can identify the mysterious female assassin–and the only thing standing between her and certain death is the sexy mercenary who swears he’ll die before he lets anything happen to her. As the passion between them ignites, it seems clear that keeping Maddy safe has become the most important assignment of Jace’s life.

Even then, protecting her might not be enough–because Jace has secrets that could destroy them both. And someone is determined to unmask them all…

Standalone or series: This is book one in the Black’s Bandits series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I always love diving into a book by Lynn Raye Harris because I know I’m going to love it, and Black List is no different. This is the first in a new series surrounding the elusive Ian Black, and it was nice to see more of him in this book.

Our hero is Jace Kaiser, who has a dark, chequered history. Ian rescued him in more ways than one, and Jace is loyal to the man who saved his life and gvve him a new one. Jace is Ian’s best operative and can speak Russian, which is why Ian sends him to Russia to capture a mysterious assassin known as Calypso. She’s evaded capture for years and they have good intel she’s going to try and take down a Russian oligarch, so Jace is there to stop it happening and get her.

Unfortunately for Dr Madeline Cole, known as Maddy, she also happens to be at the oligarch’s home. Her job is to appraise his extensive art collection for the insurance company she works for. When the intel proves good and Maddy is caught in the crossfire of the attempted assassination, she has no idea what to do or where to hide. She finds herself whisked away from Russia by a mysterious man who gives her a false name and appears to believe she is this mysterious Calypso the man has been looking for.

Once Maddy’s identity has been verified back in the US, she should be incredibly angry with the man who kidnapped her… but she’s not. She’s attracted to him. And he’s not going anywhere, because it seems Calypso has now set her sights on Maddy as she’s the only person who can perhaps identify her.

Jace feels drawn to Maddy in a way he’s never experienced before, and he comes determined to protect her at all costs. She becomes precious to him in a very short amount of time, and he’ll risk everything – his job, his friendships, his life – to keep her safe. Which means he has to get to Calypso before she gets to Maddy. But there’s a reason Calypso has evaded capture until now…

This was a fast-paced, well-written story. I adored both Jace and Maddy, and wanted them to get their happily ever after. It was good to see more of the mysterious Ian Black and meet some of the other team members, who will no doubt get their own books. I did manage to guess the identity of Calypso before everyone else did, but it was very nicely done. Lynn is one of my go-to authors with good reason.

 

 

 

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