Shadows & Silence by London Miller
Series: The Wild Bunch #2
Also in this series: Crooks & Kings
Published by Self-published on June 14, 2017
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Winter Banes is a grey hat hacker of unparalleled skill, but she’s tired of living behind a screen, and she’s tired of being invisible to the one man she wants to notice her the most.
Until she meets the man without a voice ...
Răzvan ‘Tăcut’ Petri—former assassin and current bank
robber—hasn’t met a challenge he can’t best. Even if that
challenge comes in the form of a petite hacker who’s off-limits to him.
What started as a spark grew into flames and there was no walking away from what they had.
Răzvan will do anything to protect and keep her, but he’s not the only one.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I have been waiting patiently for Winter’s story from the time she appeared in The Den of Mercenaries series. Impatiently, I kept refreshing my Kindle library until Shadows & Silence appeared and once it did, I devoured it!
Before I forget, this is a series and needs to be read in order, beginning with Mischa & Lauren’s story. If you’re new to London Miller, I can assure you this is not going to be a hardship. In fact, I totally envy you getting to discover her suspenseful writing and rich array of characters. Heads up – you may want to start jotting down names and aliases – I’m seriously considering reading the books again and doing just that 🙂
Răzvan Tăcut Petri learned to live without a voice and became a commanding member of the Wild Bunch. Winter and Tăcut immediately connect— her with her bouncy enthusiasm and him with his unshakable stoicism. Being from different camps, so to speak, their fraternising is problematic and was a recipe for chaos. He was warned to stay away from the hacker, otherwise known as Winter.
“I’m Winter. I’m ready to work.” Răzvan was in love.
There are times when words are irrelevant, Tăcut being the master of letting people understand what he expected through his glares. Winter shocked Tăcut when she used sign language along with her words to ask if he knew sign language. She knew straight away they were going to be best of friends, and when she said as much she had begun chiselling into his heart.
“He’s like a walking wet dream,” Tessa murmured as she stopped at Winter’s side, her eyes on Răzvan.
She knew exactly what she meant.
With each of the stories, there’s a mission they set out on but this time it was different. While an active member of The Den, Winter was involved in the administration side of their activities or to be blunt – their hacker. This time the adventure was every bit as dangerous, but now it is a game or challenge instigating the suspense. She comes without a filter, an animated breath of fresh air with work ethics that are second to none. The thrill she gets from honing her skills feeds her ambition to be the best in her field.
The company Winter keeps is eclectic. Between hanging out at The Hall and her interactions with the mercenaries she lived on the edge of survival. Usually, her success is limited to her ability to code and move swiftly across a keyboard. This time however, the temptation of an adrenalin hit takes her beyond her safe zone and into a world where Tăcut excels.
“One rule, Winter. I gave you one little rule, and you didn’t even give me that.”
And she was paying the price for it.
Aside from the optional challenge Winter and by default Tăcut accepted, they have the unspoken worry of dealing with the concerns of their partners in crime. The tension builds as people notice the amount of time Winter and Tăcut are spending together. The fear that Syn, the man who left no doubt Winter was not to be messed with, would discover what was going on kept everyone on edge, dreading the moment the news reached him.
When they were alone, away from the judgment of others, life was relatively simple. That is, as simple as life can be for a member of The Den or The Wild Bunch. They reached into each other’s souls like no one else had before. It was beautiful to watch their love and respect for each other grow.
My overall impression of the story was how relaxed I was as I read Shadows and Silence. Winter and Tăcut were perfect together and had no issue justifying this to the people who wouldn’t hesitate to do whatever it took to keep them safe and that included being safe from each other. I didn’t flinch when the plot brought together tragedy, love, drama and horror. In contrast, I marveled at Ms. Miller’s succinct ability to do so. I can’t wait to begin reading Saints and Thieves, the next book in The Wild Bunch series.
Rating: 5 Stars
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