Series: L.O.S.T. #1
Published by Pocket Star
Genres: Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Source: Personal Collection
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When you have no alternative, then you call in L.O.S.T. Because with the Last Option Special Team, it’s do or die. . . .
It’s Jax Cassidy’s first mission for L.O.S.T.—one that will give the former cop who went rogue a chance to prove herself. Her assignment: gain the trust of assassin Marcus Cross . . . eliminate him . . . then take down Marcus’s mentor, Joseph Lazarus, a man with a bold eye on the White House. But the woman who’s known by her team for being a femme fatale succumbs to passion, only to discover Cross’s deadly secret. He’s a vampire, and Joseph Lazarus is his creator.
Left for dead by his platoon in the violent hills of Afghanistan, Special Ops sniper Marcus Cross was given a second chance at life. His newly heightened skills make him the perfect killing machine, and as Lazarus’s right-hand man, he’s quickly rising to the top of his dark empire, purging enemies with speed and precision. Only when dangerous beauty Jax Cassidy is sent to bring him in does he begin to question Lazarus’s motives and his own actions. But when Jax’s life is threatened by the one thing that can destroy them both, Marcus must make a bitter choice—her death or his. - via GoodReads
Hold on to your seat (and your book) because Karin Harlow’s Enemy Lover will take you on one wild ride! Fans of mystery, suspense and paranormal will enjoy this series debut novel!
The only thing Angela Giacomelli has to look forward to is a small cell in prison. What she doesn’t know is that she has been selected to be a part of a special elite team known as L.O.S.T. It’s an organization that gives trusted and talented people like Angela a second chance, a band of misfits, all with their own baggage. Frustrated, but seeing no other way out of prison, she accepts their offer.
With this opportunity, Angela Giacomelli dies and Jax Cassidy is born.
L.O.S.T. exists to protect the country by completing missions the government cannot or will not see through. There wasn’t a mission Jax could not complete…until she was ordered to bring down The Solution, a rogue organization and one of it’s most powerful members, Marcus Cross. Jax and Marcus worked for the security of America…just on different teams. They cannot trust each other, no matter what kind of attraction they feel towards one another. Marcus is unprepared for the fireball known as Jax Cassidy. While on the other hand, Jax is completely unprepared for the fact that Marcus…well, he’s a vampire.
You will either love or hate Jax. She is certainly a character full of spunk and attitude with a backbone made of steel, she refuses to back down from anyone. While on the outside she appears to have total control, on the inside events from her past have made her fragile and broken. Jax is conscious of her weaknesses and realizes she stands on a very fine line that could brake her completely. Her attraction and sympathy for Marcus is a pill she finds very hard to swallow. Willing to risk everything to complete the mission, Jax is sure she will be successful, she just doesn’t know if she will make is out with her heart in one piece.
Marcus is far from perfect but that is probably what makes him so attractive. Being a vampire for so long has caused him to loose some of his humanity. His version of right and wrong is being clouded by his desire to please his maker Lazarus. Marcus is still a soldier at heart, ready and willing to follow orders. He is dedicated with a strong sense of loyalty, always prepared to do what is necessary for the good guys. The dormant side of him emotions comes to life after meeting Jax. She is the sunlight to his darkness and gives meaning to his lifeless existence.
Jax and Marcus are two sides of the same coin. Harlow begins the story painting them as unlovable wounded creatures. Yet as the book progresses, you realize they are so similar, so alike and so stubborn they are becoming two halves of the same whole. They grew up learning to live life by depending on no one but themselves so it’s hard to see how much they need each other.
She didn’t know why it was him, a tortured and immortal soul, who’d given her back what she had lost so long ago – her hope, her willingness to open her heart again and to trust another being with it.
They were doomed, she knew it. He was dead and she was alive.
Still, it was perfect.
Overall, Enemy Lover was a satisfying read. It has suspense, intrigue, romance and everything you could possibly want from a novel. This is an amazing debut for Harlow’s L.O.S.T. series. It wraps up all the details for both main characters and makes you eager to read the next installment. This novel is a story about second chances. Marcus was saved from death to start a new life as a vampire. Jax has a new team of operatives at her back and a future that doesn’t include prison. After everything both of them have been through, is it possible a second chance at life may also have a ‘happily ever after?’