Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Once again we are drawn into the world of assassins and the world where Black the owner of one of the most lethal assassin organizations in the world works with his staff to bring an end to evil. Although Black’s organization deals in death they deliver justice and those killed usually deserve it. Jones, Lee and Ginger are the focus of this book and if you have read the previous books you know that Jones and Lee love each other but are unable to make their relationship work, there is something missing and they have no idea what that something is.
Gregor Mims from prior books and his black book once again rear their ugly heads and this time Lee is able to get a foot in the door of the black web. There is a trafficking ring and this time around Lee has gotten an invite to participate in a live auction, unfortunately they can only save one and have to watch as the other men, women and children leave with the monsters that purchased them. When Ginger sees that one of the kids up for auction is his fifteen year old brother Joey he is desperate for Lee to win the bid on him ensuring his safety. At this time there is no way of knowing what Joey has had to endure or for how long.
Joey and Ginger’s mom was a prostitute and a drug addict and their father was her pimp. When she died of an overdose their father walked out the door never to return. Joey was only eight at the time but an uncle was found and took in the two boys. It wasn’t until their uncle discovered that Ginger was gay that he threw him out. Ginger stayed around for years watching as his brother seemed to thrive until he decided he wasn’t necessary and left. He had no idea that his uncle died putting Joey into the system which eventually led to where he is now.
Winning the auction, Lee, Jones and Ginger are sent on a trip, each time being given another piece of puzzle to where they are going and during one of their stops a little girl of fourteen named Deena managed to escape and hide in their camper. Bruised with burns she was held for two years and her story was heartbreaking. This series has its fill of shocking moments, heartbreaking moments and moments that left me shaking but this book had all of that and more because we are dealing with human trafficking where people are nothing more than merchandise and as much as I tried to figure out what would cause people to be that cruel and heartless I couldn’t. It never surprises me what humans are capable of.
While waiting for the time that Joey would be delivered to Jones and Lee with Ginger anxious and feeling fear and guilt about his brother Lee and Jones finally realized what has been missing in their relationship, the missing piece that would complete them. The first and most important job they have is rescuing Joey and bringing justice to all the others left behind.
We reunite with Black, Quill and even Christopher and Snow make an appearance. The focus in this book as I said before is human trafficking and even though I have read all five books and read about rape, murder, kidnapping and the entire menu of horrors people can do to other people this book really touched a nerve especially when it had to do with children. In spite of the some of the monstrous things that happened in this book I could not put it down because in the end there are people like Black and his organization who in some small way are able to put the good in the plus column and the bad where it belongs in Hell.
There is one character I would love to have a book of his own and that is Poe, the mysterious man who seems to be the controlling force behind the Hart family and Haven Hart.