Kori Daniels is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she's ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if it means taking it from someone else.
The job? Recruit Ian Holt - or kill him.
Ian's ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he's on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower's top Binder: Kori's little sister.
Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they'll have to choose between love and liberty.
©2012 Rachel Vincent (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Firstly, if you haven't listened to Blood Bound, the first in the series, then download that one before this.
Kari, a Shadow Walker has to recruit Ian a Blinder otherwise she will again be tortured in the 'basement' but this time it will be to the death - then her sister will have to take her place in the 'basement' - an offer she cannot and dare not refuse. That is until she starts to fall for Ian and then she's torn apart by what she can say, shouldn't say and dare not say.
Most enjoyable Sci-Fi romance and well worth the credit.
This is a fantastic series and this book is the best (IMO) in the series. More UF than PNR, this book has a lot of adult-content in terms of foul language and gruesome scenes rather than sexual content. The world building is not overly complex because the author limits the area in which the story takes place and the accessories in the story are normal everyday objects. The paranormal comes from the special powers each person may possess and the main plot of the story revolves around what would happen if those powers could be exploited in a mafia-style way. The story is written with both main character's POV with each chapter switching from Kori to Ian.
Kori is a badass, a foul mouth petite blond with a nasty right-hook. She is fierce and loyal when it comes to those she cares most about even as her reputation paints her as a ruthless killer. When the first scene of the book opens, Kori is in a bad way, having fallen from grace due to the events of the previous book. As further humiliation of her failure, she is forced to act as chaperone and recruiter to Ian Holt, a man who could manipulate darkness. She is told by her boss, Jake Towers, to give Ian whatever he wants to get him to sign, even if it means her body.
Ian Holt has his own agenda, but when he is stuck with a beautiful woman with the ability to take down opponents much bigger than she and who doesn't say or do anything he expects her to, he is derailed in his mission and instead changes his plans to include the badass blond with the heart of gold.
This book is action-packed with a heart-stopping romance and characters so raw and bursting with emotions. The loyalty in this book is fierce and as mean as the main female is, you can't help but empathize with her. Also, the main male character is a treat. A definite keeper when you find a man who could love a strong woman without feeling inept.
A must read for any PNR and UF fan.
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Zackman created the perfect voice for Kori. Although the character is listed petite, she is a tough character with combat abilities and Zackman nails the sultry and tough voice. The pace of the read was perfect and the character distinctions were good. I listened with headphones and in the car and the consistency in the tone was perfect that I never had to adjust the volume.
Hot, Fierce and Passionate.
The only other book i read in this series is Blood Bound and I loved that story as well.
I really like this series but I did not like this one as much as the first. Action packed and sexual tension kept me listeniing almost nonstop but I wish there was a little more interaction between the first and second book characters.
Narrator did a great job! I always amazed at women who can make male characters so sexy.
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