Title: Killer Contingency, Book 1: Reactivated
Author: Caitlin West
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Characters: Ardan Boyle, Brad Myles
Sub-Genre: Thriller, Contemporary Romance
For every rule, there’s an exception
Ardan Boyle has spent the majority of his life as a freelance assassin. Working throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, he only accepts contracts for the most vile of criminals, for those who have made themselves ‘above the law’. His success can be measured in the reduction of criminal filth in the Old World but even this service to the world has a price: the total detachment from his humanity.
Enter Brad Myles, an aspiring actor and businessman. Their chance meeting at an airport awakens something Ardan thought long dead and even as they become acquainted, it becomes obvious that maybe there’s a cure for a lifetime of apathy. Nothing comes for free though and while Ardan may be on the road to recovery, his past is not quite so easily shed.
This is the first book I’ve read by Caitlin West and it definitely won’t be my last. Once I read the blurb I admit I was pretty excited to read this book. Who can resist an assassin who falls for an ordinary Joe? Not me…
The blurb does an excellent job of describing the gist of the storyline, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. The book is told in first person through Ardan’s (the assassin) point of view. When the book begins Ardan is about to kill a mark. Now, even though he’s a hired killer, he still has his standards when it comes to killing others. His marks are ruthless crime lords and have made many suffer or they’ve killed innocent people, so Ardan doesn’t feel any guilt over ending who he believes is a monster’s life.
After the job he decides to take a vacation. Since Seattle reminds him of home, he decides to travel there and enjoy the site for a week or two before he goes onto another job. At the airport he’s approached by a friendly, handsome man, Brad, who immediately strikes up a conversation with him. This surprises Ardan because he’s not used to being around people because of his profession. Ardan immediately becomes fascinated with Brad and after their flight, finds himself doing something totally uncharacteristic than normal, which is to ask Brad to dinner. Brad being the warm and friendly person he is, immediately agrees and offers to show him the sites of Seattle.
Over the course of a couple days the two men start forming a deep connection between them. Ardan begins to wonder if there really could be a life outside being an assassin and starts to hope that maybe Brad could be a part of it. But retiring isn’t as easy as Ardan hopes and soon he discovers that in his future he’ll have to make some very hard choices.
I really enjoyed this book a lot. I loved Ardan and enjoyed the different sides of his personality he shows as the book progressed. I also loved the bond he had with Brad and thoroughly loved every minute they spent together. Brad definitely brings out the softer side of Ardan. It’s not hard to see that Ardan is basically a very lonely man, and being around Brad and the feelings of friendship and attraction they felt for one another truly brought out something Ardan thought he lost…hope. Hope for a better future by being with someone truly special.
The only reason why I’m giving Reactivated book four stars is because it is too short. I know it’s the first book in a series, but when the book ended I just couldn’t believe it! Just when the story is about to become complicated and I’m all wrapped up in Ardan and Brad’s relationship…BOOM it was over with a heck of a cliffhanger! UGH! Now I’m anxiously awaiting for the next book in the series and I hope Ms. West will put me out of my misery and the next story in the series will be published soon!
Reactivated is a highly addictive story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved the romance between Ardan and Brad and can’t wait until the sequel! Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi