Where do I begin?? So many awesome things about this story!
Mary Chase: fierce warrior woman. I loved when Mary was introduced in the previous book(s), because she was the "ride or die" assistant that did not ask questions and did what she was told without hesitation, because she believed in the cause, and was taught early on that emotions had little place in the dark world they live in.
Jack Talent: cold-hearted assassin. When Jack was introduced, you are immediately drawn to his character, just because you know there's an amazing back story there and so many unexplored emotions. He is a very dark character, but has a huge heart and is fiercely loyal.
The interactions between Mary and Jack are the best! Very tense, very controlled and still somehow very deep. They hate each other... Not a petulant, pigtail-pulling, hate, but like a bone-deep hate. Their interactions with each other are completely intense and I find myself on the edge of my seat just waiting for the next one. I loved how their relationship developed. It was a slow build from enemies, to partners, to friends, then finally, FINALLY, lovers. And all the while there are constantly new dimensions to their relationship that are being peeled back and explored.
There was no rush with this story. Mrs. Callihan definitely took her time with these characters which is much appreciated. The plot is constantly engaging as they work on the case, getting deeper and adding more twists. The final resolution, and the revelations along the way, were amazingly well thought out. The running theme of trust, not only in each other but also in themselves, came to a head and panned out beautifully. Very good introduction of Holly and Will.
I could honestly go on for hours about this book. I just really loved and appreciated these characters, they are by far my favorite ever, and I knew it from the moment I met them. Mary gets to discover and show emotions that no one thinks she has, and find her self worth and confidence. Jack gets to do some healing, (and a lot of killing!) and gets to feel what its like to truly know that he is loved and worthy by family and friends, despite his past and current predicaments. They are both thought cold, but nothing could be further from the truth. This is a phenomenal series, and I can't wait to read more and more and more!