Iris. by London Miller
Series: Den of Mercenaries #7
Also in this series: Red., Celt., Nix.
Published by Self-published on March 30th 2018
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One chance was all she needed …
Iris Adler made a promise to herself and her father that she would ensure the man responsible for ruining their lives paid for what he had done, but she hadn’t anticipated Syn, or how quickly she would fall for the beautiful but damaged mercenary.
One chance to do the right thing …
Synek ’Syn’ Jønsson lived on the brink of insanity, drinking to excess and inflicting damage on anyone who got too close … until her. Iris was his reason to breathe again, his one, the thing he loved most in the world. And nothing would stand in the way of that.
One chance would end it all …
As a war rages between two powerful enemies, and long buried secrets are brought to the surface, loyalties are tested.
Friends become enemies.
Enemies become allies.
There’s only one way this can all end once the dust settles, and not everyone will walk away unscathed.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
A smile moved over my face as I read the first few lines of Iris. I knew instantly I was in for another great read from London Miller! The strong start helped bridge the gap between reading Syn. and waiting for Iris. By 10% I was back in familiar territory and all the memories from the past were all fresh in my mind. The Den of Mercenaries and The Wild Bunch are series that must be read in order, starting with Red. Mystery and suspense is at the forefront of both with the overarching plot coming to a head in Iris.
“I think I’ll keep you,” she said as she bit into the orange.
“You say that like you have a choice.”
Syn is a man who finds his contentment in Iris. Mind you, his happy space is unconventional at times. It’s a good thing Iris can appreciate where he is coming from which helped me connect with him and them as a couple. He is portrayed as a man who has found his centre, learning to control his anger while maintaining the ability to strike fear into others through his presence alone.
Iris is torn between her feelings for Syn and her obsession with helping her father. Her quest to seek justice for her father is like a rollercoaster ride. It’s full of adrenaline and powered by hope but hits the depths of despair as roadblocks present themselves. I loved her strength in Syn’s book but it’s her determination bordering on desperation that comes to the forefront in this book.
He’d told her once that she was always the most powerful person in the room because she had him, but standing opposite a man like the Kingmaker, she wasn’t so sure.
The weakness in her vulnerability drives Syn’s need to protect her. It filled the void ever since he had taken a step back from the one person he had protected with his wrath. His grip on humanity hinged on Iris’ happiness. His past reputation for uncontrollable rage identified him as a feared protector. With Iris, he quickly discovered there was no boundary she wouldn’t cross, including Syn. His dilemma was to find the balance between her determination to seek justice without sacrificing her safety.
“Everyone has a role to play,” Iris said, thinking back to everything that had happened over the past two weeks. “We just haven’t figured out the extent of ours yet.”
Both the suspense of this story and the overarching plot built up over the Den of Mercenaries and the Wild Bunch series are drawn together in this story delivering both powerfully. My eyes were popping out of my head with the rapid revelations as they surfaced. With strong links in the chain effortlessly being severed, it is evident the Kingmaker had met his match and was struggling to stay ahead of the game. The strategies employed by all players were complex and came with a hefty price. Wisdom echoed in the following quote which summed up my feelings succinctly and of course, the girls asked if I had heard this song and I just had to include it as well!
Heavy is the head that wears the crown.
My hope is that we hear more from the Mercenaries in future books. I’m sure they couldn’t possibly lead a 9-5 life which leads me to believe they have so much more to give down the track. I can’t speak highly enough of both The Den of Mercenaries and The Wild Bunch Series for readers who yearn for romantic suspense set in the world of organised crime.
What I struggled with:
- The domino effect of the unsettled new environment
- Some scenarios being dealt with quicker than I thought plausible but I’m sure all will be dealt with in due course
- Sorting between facts, opinions and innuendo, but I admit it added to the mystery!
What I loved:
- The Chess Board references
- Beautiful use of language such as calming cadence
- The lengths a person would go to for the ones they loved
- The complexity of the plot being drawn together
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