♦ 4 PASSIONATE AND ACTION-PACKED STARS. ♦
After having read a few of Tijan's previous NA series, I'd already become a fan of her work and typical writing style. So, when I read the synopsis of Carter Reed and discovered that it was going to be something very different than most of her previous work, I was very curious and anxious to find out how the story would turn out. Needless to say, my expectations were very high, and I can honestly say, the story did not disappoint. But maybe my expectations were just a little bit too high, because I felt the storyline lacking a few times (with over dramatics and some characteristics to both of the main characters that didn't add up) and there was just something missing for me to give it a 5 star rating.
The story starts out, quite literally, with a bang.
When Emma unexpectedly returns home early, she never expected her life to change as drastically as it did...
The moment she finds her roommate and best friend Mallory being raped by her violent jerk of a boyfriend, Jeremy Dunvan. With no other way to protect both herself and her best friend, she decides to shoot him. But, Jeremy is also the son one of the city's most vicious mafia leaders and of course his father will want to revenge his son by finding his murderer and make them suffer. Therefore Emma and Mallory have to go into hiding and leave everything they know behind.
With no one else to turn to, Emma decides to confide in the one person who might actually be able to help her out the mess her once uncomplicated life has turned into: ♦ Carter Reed. ♦
Everyone knows Carter Reed. Or at least, evryone knows of him. He's a notorious member of one of the most powerful mob families in the city, or even the country. He's also known as the Cold Killer. With a reputation as a coldhearted, charismatic hitman who never missed his target, he is both feared and admired by a great amount of people. To Emma, Carter is an old family friend and he used to be her deceased older brothers's best friend.
If there's one person who can keep her safe, it's probably Carter...
But what happens when her supposed friends betray her trust? And when the head of Carter's rivaling mafia clan has decided to hunt her down no matter what? Will even Carter's protection be enough to keep her safe?
As the story progresses, Emma discovers just how much she really means to Carter and exactly how far he's willing to go to protect what's his...
All in all, Carter Reed was a fun, exciting, hot and fast paced read with a lot of suspense and action. There's just something about Tijan's books that once I've started reading them, makes me want to keep reading until the very last page. Her books are addictive, easy to read and often portray strong, kick-ass heroines and bad boy heros with a soft spot in their heart that makes them irresistible. Therefore, I would highly recommend giving this story, and the rest of Tijan's books, a try!
Also worth mentioning. Carter Reed is a standalone with a HEA.
"You did all that for me?""I would declare war for you,"