Review : In Bed with the Billionaire ( Nine Circles #5) by Jackie Ashenden

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Publication : November 1st 2016 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

Jackie Ashenden has delivered a dark story about a powerful man on a mission and the woman trained to kill him. This story was pacy, addictive, sexy and well-written.

Temple is a hit woman. Her latest target is the most famous crime lord in Europe, Jericho, aka Theodore Fitzgerald. He is going to be her last contract, the one she has wanted to fulfill for a long time. Jericho has a cold and aloof personality, never showing emotions. Getting close to him is a gamble and being at his mercy is utterly dangerous. Jericho is a murderer, drug dealer and human trafficker, no less! This character was complex and dark, but definitely not the person he seemed to be. Surprisingly, he intends to pull down the crime empire he has patiently built over the years, taking down a huge human trafficking network in the process. The author gives a nuanced picture of Jericho, he is conflicted, broken by his actions and doesn’t deny he is a bad man. But he hopes that the end will justify the means.

Temple is a threat he immediately identifies, she challenges and intrigues him. She is loyal and determined, but her feelings for Theo get in the way of her mission. Their attraction was undeniable and felt real. They both enjoy pushing boundaries and they understand one another. These characters are flawed, but the author managed to make me root for them, no matter what!

This book grabs you from the first page, with its angsty, gripping and intense storyline and intriguing characters. It is part of a series, but the fact that I hadn’t read the previous installments didn’t prevent me from enjoying Theo and Temple’s story of hope.

An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.

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