My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Overall rating: 4.3
On Christmas Eve, Merric Case, (Merc), freelance assassin, was sent to Wyoming to rescue 16 year old Sydney Channing, a US Senator's daughter, from a dangerous Militia group, but at the last minute, something changed, Merc made a choice of a new life and money, so he left Sydney in the hands of Garrett, a sociopath who turned her into his own personal mind controlled sexual slave for the first two years before disappearing and leaving her to run a bar he owned for the last six years.
Six years of living with that chilling promise that Merc made the night he left her begging him to rescue her. Living every day waiting for Merc to come back for her.
"I will come back for you, bitch. When you least expect it. When your life goes back to normal and all this is nothing but a nightmare. Just when you think it's over. I will come back for you. I own you." -- MercIt's that threat that Sydney lives with, because Merric Case didn't strike her as a man who would go back on his word.
"He owned me, he said. His eyes are burned into my memory. Cold eyes. Dark eyes. The eyes of a killer who takes no prisoners and never forgets a debt." --SydneyMerc does return, but not to kill her, not right away at least. He knows that Sydney has some important information, he needs to know where Garrett is and only Sydney can tell him that. And Merc will use all the tools available to him, sex and lies, even leading Sydney to believe his lies of love.
And from there it's one helluva ride!
I really enjoyed this book, it was the first I've read by JA Huss. It was dark and gritty, full of suspense and a real page turner for me!
Note: I understand there are other books by this author that Merc is mentioned in, but this isn't listed as a series book. It seemed, for the most part, like a stand alone, but there were times that names, (and circumstances), were mentioned that meant nothing to me since I hadn't read other books. It would be helpful if the other books were mentioned at the end of the book synopsis, giving the reader the choice of reading them or just sticking with this as a stand alone.
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