Rogue: An Enemies-to-Lovers Romance by Michele Mannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
From Oklahoma to Paris!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 👤👤👤👤
The setting: Okla-f*ck-me-over-homa, Paris
The Hero: Jaxon – He is a mercenary for an off-the-grid private security contracting organization (in other words a shady company full of killers and spies). His specialty is charming the women. He also likes to antagonize his boss Hayden.
The heroine: Kylie – Her parents have both died, all she has is her sister Madelyn who is very innocent and naïve. She wants revenge for her father’s murder. A mob boss was responsible and she is recruited by a Hayden and his company because she was going after the same person they were.
Love Story: Jaxon has worked for Hayden and his “Security Organization” for five years, along with his friends Declan and Diego. Hayden makes his employees (Mercenaries) go through the training again if they mess up even one time, so they and Kylie are all in training together and Jaxon falls for Kylie right away and he is a huge flirt.
Kylie was fierce. Some of the things in this book didn’t really make sense. I mean I get the fact that these mobsters move into the small town of Shelby Oklahoma, because I watched Justified. Shelby reminded me a lot of Harlan County. Though the law there was no Raylan Givens. There was a local mob boss Franco (picture Wynn Duffy), and he had a higher boss (Robert Quarles). So that was nice. I guess Kylie has a bit of Ava Crowder in her as well. She also delivers one of the best inner monologues that I have read in a while.
“I bring the sharp edge of the stone into his throat. Digging deep into his windpipe. Then, on behalf of every female whose been abused, manhandled, touched inappropriately, patted on the ass, or had her tits fondled without her permission, I grab hold of his pride and joy, then twist my wrist with a quick snap. Fracturing his penis and wiping that smile clear off his face.”
The things I didn’t get were very small things, like I didn’t understand Hayden. He owns this private “Security Company” which is really mercenaries and assassin’s that take care of things that the government can’t or wont. However, he is such a jerk to his people. I understand during their training, but even after they work for him he is often threatening to have them “Terminated” which does not mean fired. But who would ever sign on for a job like that. I just don’t understand why they work for him. I mean Kylie at least had a few reasons. But hopefully Hayden’s story will be told after Diego’s. I do plan to keep reading this series. I think Diego will be a lot like Declan and I really loved that love story.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.