My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow this book took my breath away in so many forms! An emotional rollercoaster with brilliant writing had my imagination flowing throughout the writers words.
Payne an ex Navy seal, now a hired killer. He only takes out the dirt bags so it seems to make sense to him, besides its what he's good at. Make a plan. Get in get out, no strings, and noone is the wiser, except this time , there's a different target than he ever imagined possible.
Nora a 5 foot cop, working the desk, with a hunger for the field. Taking after her dad who got shot in the back during the line of duty, she now works at his old precinct. She's tiny , but is a force to be reckoned with.
As Payne finds his new home till his job is finished he runs into the little police officer, saving his music from tumbling out into the Chicago snow and slush. As she catches it he gives her an irritated thanks , and holds open the door to the same apartment building she lives in. Oh great, Payne is going to be staying in the same building as a cop.
He gets off to a bad start with the neighbors as he blasts his metal, causing the windows to rattle in Nora's apartment. Annoyed and frustrated she puts on her robe and boots walking upstairs to the new neighbor knocking and banging on the door. Finally answering without a shirt, his body sweaty from working out, her mind goes blank not able to stop staring at his body. Payne quickly notices getting a kick out of her mad lil scrunched face, not able to keep his own eyes from looking down at her busty figure . Nora notices the tattoo right away on his heart, and figures that's why he acts so cold .
Nora's boss finally gives her a job in the field to watch a higher up running for mayor. A babysitting job but at least it's something.
Payne's watching his target doing his homework, and of all people he sees his police neighbor with the target.
He uses this tidbit to his ability, explaining to Nora that he takes pictures for a living. His reasoning is " he likes to shoot things" lol
So Nora gets him inside the building as he photographs paying attention to the details as a hired gunman would.
The couple get closer, more than both would like, but fate keeps pushing them together, Payne saves her from an icy road an vehicle, which her parents are so grateful for they invite the both to dinner.
Nora's dad knows you don't go from being a seal to a photographer, but doesn't know his plans. Nora also knows something isn't right, but how dark is he?
With the mob, and everyone else moving closer Payne must do this job, and get away fast, but in doing so will change Nora's life forever.
Is he willing to go that far ? Or will he go even further to protect the adorable little cop? Will the Payne-in-her-ass do the unthinkable?
Is there hope for him, and can a cop be with a murderer? Must read intense thriller! 18 and up for the smoking scenes, highly recommended!
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