An assassin is hired to take out a notorious crime lord, but she finds herself caught in a web of desire and uncertainty when it turns out that the infamous villain just might be a hero.
Seven years after her sister disappeared into the horrifying maze of a sex-trafficking ring run by an enigmatic man known as Jericho, assassin Temple Cross has been hired to kill him. It's a job she's pleased to accept, and she hopes to find out what happened to Thalia before he takes his last breath. Allowing herself to be “caught” in the slave trade gives her the opportunity to get up close and personal with Jericho, who's movie-star handsome and so sexually compelling it takes her breath away. Even more surprising, their incendiary attraction to each other keeps them both alive long enough to create an odd sympathy between them that leads to the realization that neither is what they seem, and beneath their cruel reputations and emotional armor, they are both righteous warriors whose missions have led them down questionable paths. After Temple learns the truth about what happened to her sister—and Jericho’s role in her fate—she begins to dig deeper into his secrets, and as she becomes aware of the dangerous game he’s playing, she’s more worried about his survival than fulfilling her contract to see him dead. Jericho’s many enemies are closing in, and just when Temple begins to believe in redemption, time may run out on their chance for a happy ending. There’s no question that Ashenden has a knack for redemptive characters, pulse-pounding conflict, and a roller-coaster plot, though the occasional slipped detail or not-quite-believable element pulls us out of the story here and there.
The book dances on a dark edge and frolics in naughtiness but is mostly a hot "villains redeemed" fantasy romp.