Calavera. by London Miller
Series: Den of Mercenaries #4
Also in this series: Red., Celt., Nix.
Published by Self-published on January 31, 2017
Genres: Suspense, Mystery
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Welcome to the Den ...
Four days before she's meant to take on an assignment she doesn't want, Luna 'Calavera' Santiago is offered another gift—this one from the man she knows she shouldn't trust—the Kingmaker.
He'll stop at nothing to get revenge against those that have plotted against him, even his own brother.
The one man she vowed to love, honor, and obey ...
The one man that can make her drop to her knees with a single command ...
Getting in between the Runehart brothers is risky business, but if she's learned anything from the pair of them, it's how to play the game.
And this time, she doesn't intend to lose.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Calavera kept my heart racing, with my mind constantly in a state of alert. There were times when the drama would heighten and then as it eased I would think “Why has the story peaked so early?” Then the suspense would build again, becoming evident there would be many more situations to encounter before this book ended.
“It’s a bit of a story, really,” Luna said with a shrug of his shoulder.
Kit smirked. “It always is with you.”
Initially, I took a moment to gather my bearings. Calavera is the fourth book in the series, and each book opens up another plethora of information. In a perfect world, I would have taken copious notes, or at the very least read the series again before I embarked on part two of Kit and Luna’s story. It is the kind of series that takes your mind to a heightened state where you don’t want to miss any of the plot’s intricacies.
The Den of Mercenaries series has been building towards the mystery surrounding the man the mercenaries take their assignments from, The Kingmaker. A lot more time is spent with him in this book while providing an insight into what made him tick. He refuses to accept defeat. Constantly anticipating, planning and strategically playing others, while waiting patiently to orchestrate his final move. A game is only interesting when it is challenging, and the challenges the Kingmaker experiences in this book equate to suspense. With each of the scenes guaranteed to raise your heart rate!
They were capable of great things individually, but if worked together, they were unstoppable.
Adding to the team of skilled assassins, The Den find themselves working with Kit’s men known as The Wild Bunch. The Wild Bunch is aptly named, providing their unique skills to Kit out of loyalty. It’s interesting to see the similarities in the structure of both teams, while their unique strategies executing assignments set them apart. The camaraderie they share with their partners is an aspect I never tire of reading. Their cameo appearances created a level of familiarity as the drama unfolded.
Rarely throughout the story do we hear Luna referred to as Calavera. Each of the main characters is known by dual names, while only revealing their given names to a trusted few. This duplicity added to the complexity of the mystery rather than detract from the storytelling. The dual names are as much of a facet of the character as they are an identifier to what they represent. An important lesson I am anticipating will play as the series continues.
“Weapons,” the big, bald one to her left demanded, his finger on the trigger of his gun. Luna smiled, even as she palmed her knife. “I am the weapon.”…
Luna is a woman who radiates confidence, ability, and determination. Interestingly, it was her vulnerability, and how she connected with those she cared about, that constantly garnered my appreciation. Some people offer to give you the moon. Then there is Kit who has claimed Luna and will destroy anyone who dares to harm the centre of his universe.
The Den of Mercenaries is one of my favourite series. Luna and Kit’s obvious love for each other combined with suspense and drama surrounding them held me captive from start to finish. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Skorpion.
5 Strategic, Suspensefully Played Stars
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