Series: Order of the Black Knights: Book Six
Author: Andrea Speed
Category: Mystery/Suspense, Fantasy: Urban Fantasy
Violence has been Lochlann O’Connor’s companion since he was born into a family of old-school Irish terrorists. From there he is recruited into Alpha, a secret government agency dedicated to fighting terrorism—with extreme prejudice. Lochlann’s bravery, efficiency, ruthlessness, and the natural dead eye that lets him hit anything that moves, quickly make him one of the shadowy organization’s most valued operatives.
Cas Vega joins Alpha because it’s marginally better than a prison sentence. He’s a former drug cartel assassin—or at least that’s his story. But Lochlann is suspicious. Despite an irrational and overwhelming attraction to Cas, Lochlann has questions, and they soon lead to a deeper and deadlier mystery. What is Alpha’s true purpose, and why does it seem they want to eliminate Lochlann?
Lochlann and Cas must work together to get to the bottom of Alpha’s scheme and escape it—and all while Cas keeps secrets that could cost him his life if they’re revealed. But it’s not an alliance that can last. Duty turns the men into enemies, even while fate compels them into each other’s arms. Before they can contemplate which will prevail, they must figure out how to survive.
Must find an enemy to spare. I've found that this series is pretty hot or miss. Some of the books I've adored, others I've liked, then there are the ones that I just don't care for. Lochlann is hard for me because in truth, while the writing was well done and the premise quite intriguing, the actual story basically bored me. I did not care about the characters, the story or the romance. I have a hard time even understanding what the story actually is about because, in the end, I never felt like anything got resolved.
Lochlann's backstory was pretty interesting and I honestly wanted to know more, maybe actually get to see the events discussed that led to his induction into Alpha. I never really felt like we got to connect with Lochlann. I'm pretty sure I didn't even like or dislike him.
Cas was pretty much the same as far as my apathy is concerned. Of course I knew even less about him than Lochlann, so I couldn't begin to try to feel anything for his character. It definitely didn't help that I have no clue how he even stayed alive because he came off as unskilled and weak to me (for a Drug Cartel Assassin).
I felt no chemistry between the characters and really can't see why they wanted each other. It didn't work for me at all. Lochlann was closer to Inga and definitely had better chemistry with her. I'd understand them as a couple before I believe Lochlann and Cas.
Overall, I can say Andrea Speed can write and has done a great job at creating this world but I just couldn't get into the story. I wanted more, more excitement, action, romance and angst. I don't think I would recommend this one unless you're a huge fan of the series.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*