Series: World’s End, #2
Author: Kai Tyler
Genre: Dystopian Action Thriller
Length: 212 pages
Publisher: Silk Bites (June 20, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: One hit man.
One death wish.
Sold by his parents and bred in a lab, Lexan Cesare is trained for one purpose—to execute his boss’s orders. In the mafia life, loyalty is everything. Emotions have no place and he never questions the rights or wrongs of the decisions that send him to terminate lives again and again.
Until one assignment draws emotions he’s never felt before and makes him question his true loyalties.
Enzo Mattia has been ripped apart from his family and everything he knows and sold into slavery. He swears to mete revenge on all who have wronged him.
First he has to escape from his new owner, Lexan, a man who captivates him and makes him want to act on impulses he’s suppressed for a long time. Impulses that can lead to death.
But the world is in flux and loyalties shift at the speed of a bullet. Betrayal abounds and falling in love is just a death wish.
This is a full length male/male romantic thriller set on a dystopian earth.
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Review: I had mixed feelings about this story and really wasn’t excited about reading it. What caught my attention was the cover, but not in the way that it should have. It gave me a creepy feeling and made me just want to put the book back down. Then the title was not as captivating as it should have been. However the blurb made the book sound pretty damn good.
Lexan is a complex man who had been sold by his own parents and forced into a lab to be bred. He was trained to kill men and worked for the mob. He was hired to execute those who needed to be killed. He was cold and determined, with no emotions. However after a kill he would need to release what was in his head in a way that would get him killed himself. He used his gift of having no feelings and killed. That is until one target made him start to feel.
Enzo was that target. He was a rancher who had mob ties. He had hired a young man to help around the ranch, not knowing that the man was to be his executioner. His family made it easy to live a good life, but he had to hide who he truly was. Being in and around mob families he had to hide the fact that he was gay. Now someone was trying to kill him, but he had a savior. The man sent to kill him, was the one that would save him.
In the story there is a part that seems to be missing to me. It left me with questions and very few answers. The problem with this story was that the previous stories did not really catch my attention enough to remember them, so I had not realized that I might just be missing something. Which actually tells me that this story could be read as a stand-alone, because I didn’t realize that I had actually read the first two. Now that might sound bad in a way, but it truly isn’t. It is more like a history of the characters and their lives up to this point, so it didn’t feel like I was missing anything on that front.
I liked Lexan quite a bit. He had been sold, raised to be a killer, killed with no feelings but you can see deep inside of him that he did indeed have a heart. It just took the right man. Now other than that, the story itself was well written. The problem is the fact that it gave me the creeps and really reminded me to stay away from dystopian stories. I am more of a reader of stories that make you laugh, and there is no humor in this story whatsoever.
Over all, the story fell flat for me, and it made me realize that this is one of those stories that will not be read more than once. I also hope that this will be the final story for this series, because in truth it is one that I did not care for. The characters yes, but the story was not for me.
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