Crooks & Kings by London Miller
Series: The Wild Bunch #1
Also in this series: Shadows & Silence
on March 20, 2017
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In a game of crooks and kings, only the cunning survive … She was a girl with secrets.
He was a man with demons.For her, it was supposed to be a way out from beneath the hands of a man who wanted her dead.
For him, it was supposed to be a job to make amends for a past wrong.They were never meant to fall in love.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Crooks & Kings began with a melancholic tone, but hope soon emerged with the promise of a fresh start that glimmered on the horizon. I was in a happy space, immersed in a great story with fascinating characters who lead a life beyond my scope of imagination! The Wild Bunch have intrigued me from the time we met them in the Den of Mercenaries series. If you haven’t read the Den of Mercenaries series, I would recommend you start there first so you can enjoy both the element of suspense in both series equally.
Fang (Christophe) has taken off in an attempt to get his head straight after being consumed by the dark cloud that has stayed with him since the last successful assignment the Wild Bunch completed. It cost him dearly. He was on a mission to dull his memory of that tragic event through the bottom of a vodka bottle. Of course, that never ends well but it is not until a waitress begins to look more enticing than his bottle does he consider easing back on the drink. It was Mari’s persistent caring nature that he found impossible to ignore. As much as he wanted to shun humanity, her charm slowly awakened his senses, luring him back to want to feel again.
I adored Fang. As a member of the Wild Bunch, their collective history of how and why they came together is gut-wrenching. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and these guys are exactly that for having survived the atrocities of their youth. The men that they have become has morphed them into pseudo super anti-heroes. As a team, they are another level of bad-ass altogether and make other organised crime factions appear meek.
Mariya (Mari) Kroznetsov is on the run from her husband and the horror he represented. While it’s nowhere near as traumatic as what Fang had lived through, it was none the less unthinkable. When she shares her reasons for running from her estranged husband with Fang, his blood begins to boil. Without knowing it, Mari was courting a knight in shining armour…well an assassin, but either way, he’s her man! Determined to remain free, she is determined to keep a low profile refusing to drag anybody else into the mess of a life she had left behind. Fang has an inner laugh as he realises she has no idea what he does for a living. He hasn’t found a reason to be amused for months, which meant his desire to having his head in a clear enough space to work with the Wild Bunch was returning.
Tacut didn’t ask if he need him to go in his place; he just did it. Brothers did that. Even though they weren’t brothers in blood, they might as well have been.
What I love about the Wild Bunch is how they work together as a team. Fang’s description of his brothers cracked me up. Their interactions are brilliant. The love, humour and astuteness animate them, bringing Crooks & Kings to life. We got a glimpse of their camaraderie in the Den of Mercenaries series, but with them now in the spotlight, showing the impressiveness of their team work.
Crooks & Kings heralds another great series from London Miller. A little more laid back than her other books, yet it still embodied suspense that I crave. The chemistry between Fang and Mari was palpable and it had a fantastic bunch of secondary characters. I can’t wait to read more about the Wild Bunch and I’m keeping my fingers crossed the next book will feature Tacut 🙂
4.5 Fang is Back Stars
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