Release Date: April 26, 2005
Page Count: 384 pages
Cover: About three quarters of the way through the book, the cover became appropriate. And that is always nice to see, a cover that actually has something to do with an event in the book. LOL
CIA contract agent Lily Mansfield has been a ruthless, professional assassin for nearly 20 of her 37 years, but her work takes a personal turn after the young girl she rescued off the street as a baby, and the friends that were raising her, are killed. Lily turns renegade and avenges their deaths with a brilliantly executed murder, but she soon finds herself hunted by an evil family, embroiled in a plot that threatens the safety of the world, and chased by handsome CIA agent Lucas Swain, who has been charged with bringing Lily back by any means necessary. Though Howard’s latest offering (after Cry No More) is far flung, the high energy story line translates well to audio thanks to the compelling performances of Hill and Bean. The duo deftly tackle the story’s many intonations and foreign accents, and their skillful use of nuance lends some depth to Howard’s larger-than-life characters.
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Most definitely not Ms. Howard’s best work to date, there are so many other books I loved more. But it was still an enjoyable read, at least to me.
Right from the get-go Lily is an independant, completely capable of taking care of herself and business. Watching her escape, change disguises and fool all those around her was quite comical.
Very typical storyline of hero doesn’t tell heroine who he really is, they fall in love, then he thinks its too late to tell her … then he eventually doesn’t have any choose but to let her know he betrayed her. But Swain made it different … he was very capable, possessive, so typically male in that his very first thought from the start was sex.
The suspense end of the story was actually a bit lacking for me, I didn’t find it thrilling or suspenseful and everything fell into place a bit too easily for the entire operation. I felt a tad bit cheated with the ending – we got no major apology from the hero, no real explanation from him either, no grand gesture, it was just too easy.