Prime Target by Marquita Valentine

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 5th January 2015
Prime Target by Marquita ValentinePrime Target by Marquita Valentine
Series: Target #1
Published by Nla Digital LLC on December 29th 2015
Pages: 233
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three-stars

Meet Roman Smith: Shopkeeper by Day. Assassin by Night. The undercover Russian contract killer has never turned down an assignment that rids the world of scum... until his latest job targets an innocent man. Refusing is not an option, because of Everly Andrews, the sexy southern belle who saved him from dying. She's completely unaware of his double life, but has been marked as next on the kill list should he fail. Only, what The Bratva doesn't know-there's nothing Roman won't do to keep Everly safe. Drugged and deposited in a hotel in Prague, Roman must be on guard at all times in order to protect Everly, but the countdown has begun, and it won't stop until his next target, or Everly, is terminated. Can Roman protect Everly until he can eliminate the threat to her life?

The mysterious and darkly attractive bookseller Roman Smith from whom Everly Andrews orders her weekly package of romance novels isn’t who he seems and a near-fatal accident brings her into the shady underworld of the Russian Mafia – and into a reality in which Roman really dwells.

I was intrigued by the immediate deception and the cauldron of simmering secrets that Roman Smith (a.k.a Nikolai Romanov) held so close to his chest. But the disconnect never felt stronger when he and Everly got entangled in the affairs of the Mafia for me at least; I felt more disengaged in the second half of the book than I was in the first, as though watching all the action through a fuzzy lens that tried to roll all the Mission Impossible series into a fast-scrolling movie. Yet through it all, it was a peripheral character that held my interest: Ben Romanov, who remained the only standout – and a comic relief – for whom I really hope will get his own story that will do him justice.

three-stars

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