Savage Hearts by J.T. Geissinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Giant Hot Dangerous Stranger!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓☺️
The heroine: Riley (a.k.a. smalls, little bird) – sister to Sloane from Carnal Urges. Riley is a freelance book editor because she loves reading and it allows her to work from home. She is not a people person so it works for her. She grew up jealous of her tall gorgeous sister who at one point stole a boyfriend from her and they haven’t seen each other since.
The Hero(es): Malek Antonov (a.k.a. GHDS, a.k.a. The Hangman, a.k.a. Ghost) – an assassin for the Bratva, he has gained a reputation as the best and is a legend in the Bratva. He wants revenge against the guy who killed his brother. Kage gives him information on Declan O’Donnell.
The Story: Sloane calls Riley and wants to see her so she books her a private plane that takes her to an unknown destination where she meets Declan, her sister’s fiancé. Riley is the type that arrives in sweatpants and packed more of the same, but her sister gives her a makeover right away.
“Please stop shouting at me. I’m having a minor breakdown is all. Last week, I was living my nice quiet life in my nice quiet apartment in San Francisco. Since then, I’ve discovered that my sister is getting married to the head of the Irish Mob, and that I caught the eye of a notorious Russian assassin whose hobbies include stalking, appearing out of thin air, making wildly incorrect assumptions about people based on their wardrobes, and handing out large quantities of cash to strangers in restrooms. He’s also on a mission to kill my future brother-in-law. It’s been an eventful few days.”
This story was not at all the standard hitman takes the heroine captive trope. Though he does take her captive, the situation is different than any I have read before and I just loved the way that Malek takes care of Riley. He is a big guy and she is small and fragile and he protects and takes care of her so well. I also loved the fact that Riley is snarky, a bit crazy and unabashedly herself. She always surprises people. I love it when a heroine can be strong yet delicate.
“Jesus, take the wheel. I’m drunk driving.”
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.