By Karin Harlow
Mass Market Paperback: 405 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star (May 25, 2010)
It’s Jax Cassidy’s first mission for L.O.S.T.—one that will give the former cop who went rogue a chance to prove herself. Her assignment: gain the trust of assassin Marcus Cross . . . eliminate him . . . then take down Marcus’s mentor, Joseph Lazarus, a man with a bold eye on the White House. But the woman who’s known by her team for being a femme fatale succumbs to passion, only to discover Cross’s deadly secret. He’s a vampire, and Joseph Lazarus is his creator.
Left for dead by his platoon in the violent hills of Afghanistan, Special Ops sniper Marcus Cross was given a second chance at life. His newly heightened skills make him the perfect killing machine, and as Lazarus’s right-hand man, he’s quickly rising to the top of his dark empire, purging enemies with speed and precision. Only when dangerous beauty Jax Cassidy is sent to bring him in does he begin to question Lazarus’s motives and his own actions. But when Jax’s life is threatened by the one thing that can destroy them both, Marcus must make a bitter choice—her death or his.
Enemy Lover has an original plot with a straightforward story line filled with action, suspense, deception, betrayal and blistering romance. The main characters and secondary characters in this novel are all intriguing but the main characters and their relationship with each other is lacking in some depth. The relationship seem to progress from lust to love too quickly for the characters. More so with Jax though, Marcus emotions and character is easily believable.
Jax has a tragic past of betrayal from those she trusted most so it is understandable how she grapples her instant attraction to her target, Marcus, and fights to keep their relationship purely physical.
Marcus had a hard upbringing that shaped him into the man he is today. He has a hard exterior but is an honorable man with good morals inside. And this ex- special ops sniper darling is incredibly hot.
The ending felt forced but despite this I still liked this novel and look forward to the series continuing. Over all a good debut to the L.O.S.T. series for Karin Harlow.