Review: Enemy Lover by Karin Harlow

Review by Jen

Karin sent me this book to review when she visited the blog last spring.  Now I read the book almost immediately after receiving it, but for some reason never got the review written (I blame getting overwhelmed with the blog, lol).  So here’s a review nearly a year overdue.

Blurb from the back cover:
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.

I loved this book.  I devoured every word and my first thought when finishing was “when is the next book in this series coming out?” (I happened to look today, Enemy Mine will be released August 30!).  From reading the back cover, I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting myself into.  Is this a paranormal, or a romantic suspense?  Well, it’s definitely both, with more emphasis on the suspense… the paranormal part just seems secondary, although crucial.

I found myself intrigued by the “mercenary” group Karin created with L.O.S.T. and those members who have found their way to working for them.  The political undertones mixed with this highly secretive group for hire lends itself to so many stories.  And when you add in a paranormal twist, your options are just limitless.  I can’t wait to see where Karin takes the staff of L.O.S.T in future books.

But, back to Enemy Lover.  Jax is a complex character and she is well developed over the course of the novel.  You care about her and ache for her to achieve justice in the end.  While I didn’t find Marcus quite as interesting, I did want to see him receive peace (and a happy ending).  And the chemistry between the two… well, I’m shocked that my book didn’t burst into flames.

After skimming the book to refresh my memory (other than remembering so clearly that I enjoyed it), I’m finding myself wanting to re-read… which is about the highest praise I can give a book as I rarely want to do it.

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