When Luke Brenner takes an off-the-books job on the MacKenzie-Delta joint task force, he has one goal: shut down sex traffickers on his personal hunt for retribution. This operation brings him closer than he’s ever been to avenge his first love, who was taken, sold, and likely dead.
Madeleine Mercier is the daughter of an infamous cartel conglomerate. Their family bleeds money, they sell pleasure, they sell people. She knows no other life, sees no escape, except for one. Maddy is the only person who can take down Papa, when every branch of law enforcement in every country, is on her father’s payroll.
It’s evil. To want to ruin, to murder, her family. But that’s what she is. Ruined for a life outside of destroying her father. She can’t feel arousal. Has never been kissed. Never felt anything other than disgust for the world that she perpetuates. Until she clashes with a possible mercenary who gives her hope.
The hunter versus the virgin. The predator and his prey. When forced together, can enemies resist the urge to run away or destroy one another?
Lucky 13 rating: 5 Clovers = I love it!
As a reader, I love it when different worlds collide, and that’s what the MacKenzie Family World series is all about. Since I am already hooked on anything related to Titan and Delta, reading this novella was a no-brainer, and I finished it off in one sitting.
Cristin brings on the heat in this one from the first moment. Luke and Maddy are hot, hot, hot! Put them together in Miami, mix in some fast cars, sweaty underground fighting, sexy models, and spicy Cuban food, and you’ve got a five-alarm story!!
One of the things that I love most about Cristin’s writing is the way that she brings together seemingly contradictory feelings, emotions, and situations. This story was no exception, as exemplified by Luke’s cravings for pleasure and pain; Maddy’s sexual innocence despite the family business; and the juxtaposition of the rich and famous with the seedy and dirty in Miami.
I have a soft spot for tortured heroes, so was totally drawn in to Luke and his desire for revenge in honor of his long-lost girlfriend, while trying to fight off his attraction to the sexy and mysterious Maddy, who to him represents the face of evil.
And I couldn’t help but have a girl-crush on Maddy with her cool car, awesome wardrobe, and protective nature. She is the “poor little rich girl” personified, and was so deserving her happily ever after.
I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment in Cristin Harber’s Delta series, and will be putting the other Mackenzie Family stories on the TBR pile!