James, Harper, and Sasha are products of their environment. Born into a secret organization that runs a global shadow government, and taught to kill since they were small, they find themselves both indispensable and expendable to all the people they used to trust.
Twenty-eight year old James Fenici has been an assassin since he was sixteen. He’s amassed debts and favors from countless Company brothers and participated in hundreds of Company jobs. But there are not enough favors in the world to clear his debt and make him worthy of the only girl he’s ever wanted.
Eighteen year old Harper Tate is the girl who doesn’t exist. Born and raised on a megayacht in a tropical paradise, she was destined to be a secret until now. No history, no records, and taught to have no opinions or ambition of her own, Harper is suddenly presented with more choices than she can handle.
Thirteen year old Sasha Cherlin is the girl who knows everything and understands nothing at all. Her future is filled with vengeance and death, but her dreams are filled with hope and a promise. A promise who no longer wants her.
The game is on, the pieces are in place, and the players have everything to lose. But who can you trust when everyone’s a traitor?
My first thoughts after finishing this book: my head hurts! Now, don’t take that the wrong way and assume I didn’t enjoy this book. I did, but not many books require me to think so much. Some books are a light read, some are brainless. This book is neither. It is complex. I initially had this book on text-to-speech, but had to turn that off because I was getting confused. This book requires your full attention or you too, will get lost.
“So you are an assassin?”
“No. I told you, I’m the control.”
“So Control is your code name?”
Told from three POVs – James, Harper, and Sasha – we get a different perspective as to what is going on. The multiple POVs and various names for each character (James goes by three different names), along with the history of The Company, it was easy to lose track of what happened.
One thing they all seem to agree on, to varying levels, James is a bit crazy. You might be too if you went thru what he went thru.
“I can’t decide if you’re a brazen fool, an evil mastermind, or a gentle man.”
It amazed me how The Company turned on him. As their best assassin, he seemed to do anything they asked in the past. But that all seemed to be a ploy.
Everyone seems to bring up James’ crazy state as to why he couldn’t be trusted. But from his POV, you can see he has a good purpose – saving and protecting Harper and Sasha. Does he manipulate them and mislead them at times? Yes, but I believed he had the best intentions in doing so.
In this story, we are introduced a new character, Vincent.
Who the fuck? That was my first thought.
Go away! My second thought.
He throws a wrench into the whole James/Harper promise and I was not pleased, as you might have noticed. I won’t give away his connection to the two, but like Harper, I really struggled with whether he had good intentions and was just trying to have a chance. The verdict is still out, but I don’t think he’s a douche like Harper’s dad, The Admiral. This guy . . . I can’t even!
Anyway, let’s switch to who I did love.
FORD FUCKING ASTON
Oh yes, my friends, he makes an appearance in this book. It’s not a big part, but that didn’t stop me from squealing. I’m not above squealing.
While Harper and James are separated a good portion of the book, I had to wonder if this book would have any sex. Have no fear! There is some, if you wanted it. But there is a bit of author trickery in it all that had me yelling at my kindle. I’m not sure why I always fall for this, but take a deep breath like I did. Everything will be ok.
“We met years ago. We drifted apart to become these two people. And now we’re back together. One soul, cut in half, reunited.”
The story culminates with an evening to celebrate “the promise” and a lot goes down. It’s pretty violent. Note to self: don’t hang out at a party with assassins in the mix. That can never end well.
This book closes some doors on some stories. Harper and James’ story is over. But we’ll hear more from Merc soon, and, AND, we get at least one book about Sasha and Nick. *happy dance*
With this series, the author has taken us on a wild ride. Where no one can be trusted and everyone has motives to turn on one another. But love still finds a way.
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